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Jan 19, 2023
Dr. Kathryn DeCarli and Dr. Jonathan Marron consider the actions an oncologist must, ought, and should take when offering professional medical interpretation services to a patient.
Dec 08, 2022
ASCO’s delegation to the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates (AMA HOD) recently traveled to Honolulu for the Interim meeting. Our resolutions primarily focused on the threat of legislation that could criminalize medically necessary care in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision...
Dec 07, 2022
“Sitting here now, at 51 years old and as a cancer survivor of five years, the importance of self-care has become quite clear to me," writes Dr. Doug Flora.
Nov 28, 2022
I began my medical career in Arizona, where I received an early lesson in the importance of cultural sensitivity thanks to members of the Navajo Nation from the Four Corners region.
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Matthew S. Katz, MD

Matthew S. Katz, MD, is the medical director of radiation oncology at Lowell General Hospital and a partner in Radiation Oncology Associates, PA. He is former chair of the Communications Committee for the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and External Advisory Board member for Mayo Clinic Center for social media. He has served on ASCO's Social Media Working Group, ASTRO's Education Committee, and Massachusetts Medical Society's Communications Committee. His areas of primary interest are patient education and health empowerment. Follow Dr. Katz on Twitter @subatomicdoc.

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Apr 08, 2016
We have discussed risk, biology, and the importance of complete reporting. So how do we decide to actually use RNI?
Apr 04, 2016
How we report clinical trials makes interpreting their results harder. Why shouldn’t we all have more information to make better decisions for our patients?
Mar 24, 2016
Deciding whether RNI works depends upon not only accurate risk assessment but also a better understanding of the disease. Here are some key elements of breast cancer and treatment that aren’t adequately decided just by looking at pathologic stage, grade, and surgery type.
Mar 04, 2016
To determine when radiation helps treat lymph nodes, we need to carefully interpret surgical findings and accurately stage breast cancer to best understand the risk of lymph node involvement.
Feb 29, 2016
Two recently published large clinical trials, NCIC MA.20 and EORTC 22922, raised a lot of interest in and a lot of questions about when radiation helps for treating lymph nodes in breast cancer. The data are more complicated than often presented.
Jun 05, 2015
Everyone deserves a chance to be healthy. Physicians, of course, focus on helping patients. Unfortunately, I often see patients’ frustrations with the health care system itself directed toward doctors. Doctors are under increasing pressures on multiple fronts. Yes, we’re imperfect, but making...

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