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GLOBOCAN 2018 indicates a significant global increase in the numbers, incidence, and mortality rates, albeit significant differences in mortality amongst countries of different economic levels. 
ASCO's nearly 45,000 members practice in more than 150 countries, and continued progress against cancer will require every one of us, writes ASCO CMO Dr. Richard L. Schilsky.
Broadening eligibility critera for cancer clinical trials will give more patients the opportunity to contribute to scientific research.
ASCO CMO Dr. Richard L. Schilsky invites all cancer researchers to come together for education and networking around cancer clinical trials.
Dr. Arjun Gupta reconsidered an order (and the evidence) for a neutropenic diet when it negatively affected his patient's quality of life.  
As a pragmatic investigator and physician who has witnessed remarkable progress in the treatments we can now offer individuals with cancer, I believe the FDA’s support of more rapid and nimble testing and approval of new therapies should be applauded. 
Dr. Edward S. Kim encourages you to register today and join the Research Community Forum in September for 2 days of learning and collaboration.
As the NSABP celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2018, Dr. Harry D. Bear honors the organization's history and accomplishments.
Clinical trials are the pathway to better treatments, better outcomes, and a future without cancer. We, as investigators, need to believe in them, and be willing to offer them to all patients who are eligible. 
ASCO's current president explains why he's passionate about precision medicine, as well as the concerns that keep him up at night. 
A trial of aqueous lidocaine to manage painful intercourse for breast cancer survivors was a small study with a great magnitude of benefit. Do we need to wait for more data, or can we start applying these findings for our patients today?
Dr. Richard L. Schilsky describes ASCO's Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study and similar independent studies worldwide.
Only 11% of randomized trials give enough detail to practically use in clinical practice. Here are five ways we can use internet-based communication to make it easier for academic innovators to get credit for their work, and  to implement new findings for our patients.
A journal that aims to be the voice of global oncology has to publish work relating not only to differences in cancer biology due to risk factors, pathogenesis, and pharmacology, but also disparities arising from social, cultural, economic, and political resource-constraining issues.
More than 100 oncology practices have signed up to participate in ASCO's big data initiative. "We need good data, and lots of it, if we’re to draw meaningful conclusions that can improve patient care," writes CancerLinQ CEO Kevin Fitzpatrick.
We have a responsibility to design clinical trials that reflect our patient mix, and to offer hope to all of our patients rather than a select few.
I applaud the Foundation for Women’s Cancers for highlighting the importance of trials, and join them in their push for more trial options for not only my own patients, but for all patients with cancer.

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