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I am really looking forward to the upcoming Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco. For me, the smaller, more intimate setting is what “old” meetings used to be like before we expanded to mega meetings. Not that I have anything...
One of the best things about blogging for ASCO is the feedback from others, which in honesty, I never counted on. For example, I’ve “met” Terry Hourigan through ASCO Connection. He is a nurse who provides care in home-based infusion services to patients, many in hospice.
As oncology professionals, we are confronted daily by tough choices. One of the toughest is weighing the potential value of a test, treatment, or procedure versus the potential of the same to cause added suffering, risk, and expense without a real possibility for evidence-based results. ASCO,...
I have had the good fortune to travel to many places in the world in the last few years. It is such an important aspect of my work. It is incredibly eye-opening to experience different cultures and ways of life. I learn something from every trip I take.
“Everything must change, nothing stays the same. Everyone will change, no one stays the same.” Technology is amazing. I love to download random songs on my iPhone and listen to the songs that populate. On one bright early morning, Oleta Adams came on. The song was “Everything must change.” It’s a...
According to the Department of labor, 80% of women are the primary decision makers about health care in their household, so why aren't most health care organizations reaching women where they are (namely, Pinterest)?
At my last birthday, my 11-year-old son said, “Congratulations, Mom! You’re halfway done with your life!” Ouch. My dear son’s “funny” joke helped me realize that I am now a mid-level oncologist. This came as a bit of a surprise to me because frankly, it seems like just yesterday I was a junior...
I know this makes me sound old and is only a step away from “get off my lawn,” but…
As I set off on my term as ASCO President, thinking about the many goals of our Society and what I would like to accomplish while at the helm, I am struck by how often it all comes back to the patient.
Since I have no formal training in either of these disciplines, it is either possible (or likely) that I will say things that offend both camps. In three of the presentations at ASCO this week in which I have great interest professionally (prostate cancer), questions have arisen that bring these...
At this year’s Annual Meeting, one of the many tracks available is the robust "Patient and Survivor Care" track, which covers a variety of topics.
Being a session chair at the ASCO Annual Meeting is a huge honor, and one that I had wanted to do for quite some time. I finally had my chance this year, as co-chairman of the Gynecologic Cancer Oral Abstract Session, held on Saturday, June 2, 2012, alongside my colleague,...
As I watched the fireworks over Navy Pier last night, I began thinking about the many ways in which I was inspired on Friday. I have included a few below:
I was preparing some thoughts for the #ASCO12 Tweetup today and received an email.
"Communication Techniques for Difficult Conversations" was an education session offered at the Friday portion of the Clinical Care in Oncology for the Advanced Practice Provider pre-Annual Meeting Seminar.
Amidst the blustery Chicago weather, the ASCO Pre-Annual Meeting Seminars are well underway!  As I sit back and reflect upon the different sessions I attended on Thursday at the Clinical Care in Oncology for the Advanced Practice Provider Seminar, I feel fortunate to be surrounded by so many...
The human aspects of cancer care and the belief that it is within our power to alleviate suffering and provide succor, while advancing towards a cure, is what drives us each day to do what needs to be done. It is the connection to humanity that transcends and transforms health information...
This past week, I was elated to keep the appointment I scheduled with myself and the iPad to start planning my Annual Meeting experience! Yes, I would like to emphasize that I am starting to plan as this is indeed an elaborate process, and I have to say I do get quite a bit of mileage...

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