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I'm traveling on business for the first time in almost twenty years without a laptop computer, bringing only my iPad and my iPhone. We'll see how it goes. This allows me to fit all of my travel goods in a Patagonia backpack, which I place in under the airplane seat in front of me; no checked...
A high school friend of mine grew up to be a Princeton economist, and every October when I read the New York Times article announcing this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize, I pay attention to see if this is the year that he makes the front page. Although last week’s announcement went to three other...
I knew that title would catch your attention . . . money is the currency of life. We all need it, work to earn it, yet rarely talk about it. It's almost thought of as a "taboo" topic of conversation . . . While we went into medicine and oncology to provide the best clinical care to our patients and...
ASCO as a volunteer-based Society relies on its members for many things, not the least of which is our collective view of who should lead the organization. We elect our President, our Treasurer, and our Board of Directors. We even—and this separates us from many of our sister societies—elect a...
I love reading about creativity in science, in large part because creators give me so much hope for the future. Last week’s Nobel Prize in Physics was a particularly delightful example, and I refer you to the...
I wrote a blog post here a few weeks ago about why I use Twitter, and I was busy this past weekend at the ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium trying to do as much live-tweeting as I...
In this post, I would like to share the misunderstandings and anxieties that result when critical information is withheld from patients with cancer and from their family members.
By Jamie Von Roenn, MD. I have been reflecting on language. Both ASCO and the World Health Organization say palliative care is applicable early in the course of disease in combination with life-prolonging therapies. That fits with what my patients seem to want; to live as well as possible for as...
“I thought I was not old enough to have cancer!” So said this 40-year-old mother of four who had presented with a three-year history of a self-discovered lump in her breast as I disclosed the diagnosis of breast cancer to her.
I have been threatening myself with the task of sitting down and doing a more thorough review of the literature and then writing something like this for some time. Now that the blogosphere at ASCO Connection gives me a less painful alternative, (yes, all you editors, you can comment as you wish but...
Yesterday I had the opportunity to testify on ASCO's behalf at the President's Cancer Panel. The panel reports to the President on the National Cancer Program and holds public meetings on a quarterly basis to gather testimony.
As I’ve said in a previous blog, one of the pleasures I’ve had this year is to serve as a sort of “accidental tourist” for our members, viewing and reporting on our very large and complex society from the inside. Last week we held our Board of Directors meeting in Alexandria. I’ve found, in...
Mike Glode just wrote a blog post about social media and Facebook elsewhere on ASCO Connection, and I wanted share a few quick thoughts about Twitter here. I agree with the...
Modern business principles have convinced jillions of us that the road to quality improvement lies in managing processes within our practice/business. Certainly medicine and policy makers have taken this to heart, developing multiple ‘measures’ that focus on the processes of care. CMS’s PQRI...
I’m really not the astrological type, but I found my horoscope today interesting . . . “You are in a position right now that is making you nervous. You are like a diver on a high platform looking over the edge. Jumping off is certainly going to be scary, but deep down, you know that after you take...
The Annals of Internal Medicine recently described a novel demonstration project called OpenNotes taking place at Beth Israel-Deaconess in Boston, Geisinger in Pennsylvania, and Harborview in Seattle, in which patients are...
I type this blog as I am flying home from ASCO headquarters, having just returned from the meeting of the International Affairs Committee. This committee may have my...

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