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I was recently caught off guard by a couple of simply warm and beautiful days here in Boston—they seemed to be some sort of promise that spring must indeed be coming! The concept of renewal has since been on my mind. No, not the usual items that the term renewal conjures up (you know, licenses,...
You could, I think, write the history of our specialty by looking at the history of our Annual Meeting. Certainly some of the great moments that I recall from past meetings—in the past decade think of imatinib for GIST tumors, adjuvant trastuzumab for breast cancer, and last year’s crizotinib trial...
Does anyone other than me find what happened on Jeopardy! this week somewhat freaky? For those of you not up with the cultural zeitgeist, an IBM computer named Watson absolutely destroyed the two best Jeopardy! contestants in a three-day contest, answering question after question correctly in an...
Finding myself with an extra day prior to the start of ASCO GU, (no offense meant to SUO and ASTRO - just what I have been calling the meeting for many years) here in sunny Florida, I have finally caught up with some of the many things left...
Names matter. Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach: not exactly a name to showcase at the cinema. Sometimes you need to change your name to focus the attention of others, so that they recognize you for what you are, or what you do. This is the case for the new iteration of The ASCO Cancer...
I just got out of yet another talk on health reform. There is no question that the current rate of health care spending is unsustainable, and something has to be done...We talk a lot about patient safety and quality, guidelines, and resource utilization, but are we just blowing smoke? If we look at...
I am writing this while sitting in an airport lounge in Toronto. I spend a great deal of time sitting in airports this year. Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet our Canadian colleagues in the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, an...
Recently I wrote about the International Clinical Trials Symposium in Cairo, and ASCO's participation in that fine meeting. Little did I expect that Cairo would soon be plunged into unrest. I know that some of you must have wondered whether our representatives made it home safe and sound. I am...
I am a proud son of the American Midwest--raised in Wisconsin, living in Indiana--and have never felt any of the angst those on the two coasts imagine preoccupies those doomed to live here in Flyover country. I love the countryside, as flat and boring as it is, and I love the seasons, and yes (this...
I’ve spoken before about the problem of “smart” tumors, the ones that have accumulated lots of mutational changes, a fairly common event in solid tumors such as smoking-induced...
If you saw the title of this blog post and thought you were going to read a high-level health policy discussion about rapid learning healthcare systems and cancer care you would have been...wrong. I feel particularly unqualified for that discourse. In fact, when I first heard the expression not...
Congratulations to our colleagues in ASCO and SEMCO (the South and Eastern Mediterranean College of Oncology) for putting on the...
ASCO devotes a considerable portion of its efforts and resources to government relations and has an increasingly active Government Relations Committee. The GRC is a...
By now we have said our goodbyes to 2010 and are looking to what achievements, joys, and challenges 2011 will bring. I am continuously reminded that the issues and perhaps struggles we face in the future not only pertain to the economics of medicine and health care but also to the emotional aspects...
Many of you may have read the recent Perspectives piece in the New England Journal of Medicine calling for surgeons to disclose to their patients how many hours of sleep they had the night before, arguing that...
I learn so much about my profession by listening to my colleagues speak, and attending ASCO's many committees has accelerated my education. Today I sat in on the Ethics...
Well, I’m back to blogging after a short break for the holidays. I trust that you all had as fine a time as I did. I actually spent three weeks at home; the longest stretch since I assumed our Society’s presidency last June. My three sons were all back—always a pleasure—and I caught up on my...
My careful study of the latest social media trends has uncovered the fact that many bloggers and others like to impose their personal lists of grandiose and highly stylized New Year's resolutions upon their readers around this time of the year. As one who never knowingly misses the opportunity to...

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