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I had written about abandonment of care among children in the developing world as a grave concern for oncologists everywhere because of its implications for our failure to deliver the...
I am currently sitting with colleagues from across the country as we plan the 2012 Program, an honor and yet a daunting task! Searching pubmed, vetting potential speakers, and keeping abreast on office and business matters, I rely heavily on my laptop and web access, and dating back to 1986, I have...
It is with great anticipation that the Results of the ASCO Study of Collaborative Practice Arrangements has now been published in the JOP. Key findings in this important study include: Physician and nonphysician practitioner (NPP...
During the past year, I became an avid reader of the Journal of Oncology Practice. This was not to the detriment of either the JCO or any of the other scientific browsing I perform. It was, instead, recognition that being a good clinician now...
A commentary in the August issue of The Lancet Oncology should serve as a disconcerting “reality check” for any pediatrician or oncologist. Although we now can cure 80...
This past weekend, along with over 400 other health care providers, social scientists, technology entrepreneurs, and “e-patients,” I attended the fascinating and provocative Medicine 2.0...
I have followed with interest the exciting progress being made across oncology--progress in melanoma with the anti-CTLA agent iplimumab and the BRAF inhibitor,...
I was taking off from the airport in Indianapolis the other day, headed for Cleveland, and on the way I passed over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the home of the Indianapolis 500 race. It has a characteristic look from the air, familiar to all who fly in and out of the city regularly, with...
Some have argued that there is an innate conflict between faith and science. I am not sure that is so (at least for me)...Not only do the two seem to co-exist; but to my mind, they may even be synergistic.
One of the over-riding concerns in oncology and for the Society is setting the stage for the very best research and then moving advances into everyday practice in ways that better outcomes for our patients. This involves a number of time-intensive and intricately choreographed steps. The first step...
I was really, really ready for my summer vacation this year. As I’m sure you agree, taking care of patients with cancer can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Limping through the last weeks of August, I couldn’t wait to sit on the beach with my husband and two sons without my cell phone or...
A while back I wrote about Watson, IBM’s computer that trounced the competition on the Jeopardy! game show. I mentioned then that IBM was thinking of applying the technology to medical purposes...
ASCO got into the disease-oriented meeting business a few years ago as a means of creating communities of interested investigators and practitioners. The Annual Meeting, the crown jewel in our educational system, was just too much for many of our members: too large, too many people, too much noise...
I recently gave Grand Rounds at Women & Infants’ Hospital--a women’s specialty hospital that provides some of the best care for obstetrics/gynecology in the region. It is also the home to my specialized program for women with breast and gynecologic malignancies.  I spoke on delivering bad news...
This last weekend I went to a retirement party. Bill Wood, the longtime chair of surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, is leaving the university. Emory, quite appropriately, put...
One of the interests I have developed over time is in the arena of cancer survivorship, specifically female sexual heath after cancer and its treatment. Having worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering both as a fellow and as a junior faculty member, I worked closely with colleagues in Gynecology,...
My friend and predecessor Rich Schilsky once described my current position as Immediate Past President as “the best job in ASCO.” Mostly, I suspect, this reflects the slower pace. But partly, I believe, because you get to chair the...
Last year I wrote a blog about the ASCO/AACR Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop, also known in both organizations as "the Vail course...

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