Society & Member News

From the Society features highlights of ASCO initiatives, including news related to oncology research and clinical practice, policy and advocacy, education, and meetings, and updates on ASCO’s patient-centered site, Cancer.Net, and the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO.

Member News provides updates on ASCO member career news, awards, and recognitions, as well as profiles of ASCO volunteer leaders. If you have news you would like to share, please contact

Jan 10, 2012
Anna Deavere Smith’s popular play—Let Me Down Easy—which will premiere on the PBS series Great Performances on January 13, explores the American health care system through characterizations of patients and physicians, including ASCO member and Dean of the Stanford School of Medicine Philip A. Pizzo, MD. After the...
Jan 06, 2012
The message from members has been consistent and clear—Please provide more support to those preparing for Board Certification and Recertification! Moreover, the audience seeking support for various certifications in oncology has grown and now includes fellows, those enrolled in Maintenance of Certification, and physician...
Jan 04, 2012
This seminar, to be held Thursday, January 26, 2012, from 5:30 PM–6:30 PM Eastern,  provides practical information regarding the molecular signatures of gene expression in tumor tissue that correlate with disease recurrence in patients.
Jan 03, 2012
ASCO mourns the loss of James B. Nachman, MD, an internationally renowned pediatric cancers specialist who passed away unexpectedly in June 2011. To honor his dedication to caring for children with cancer, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO has established the James B. Nachman ASCO Junior Faculty Award in Pediatric Oncology.
Dec 21, 2011
The Society mourns the loss of Michael C. Perry, MD—a member of ASCO since 1977—who died of polycystic disease and cancer on October 23, 2011, at the age of 66.

Dec 21, 2011
Users of market-leading mobile devices have been able to access optimized versions of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) and Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) websites since spring 2011. Now, iPad and iPhone users can download free JCO and JOP apps from the iTunes store. Features include:
Dec 21, 2011
Palliative care is rapidly evolving, growing, and increasing in visibility—and optimal delivery models of this care to patients with cancer are evolving as well. Accordingly, the November 2011 issue of Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) focuses on palliative care for...
Dec 21, 2011
Rafat Abonour, MD, an oncologist and researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, Indianapolis, led a pack of bicyclists on Miles for Myeloma, a 200-mile cycling tour to raise awareness of multiple myeloma. This was Dr. Abonour’s seventh consecutive Miles for Myeloma. To date, Dr. Abonour has raised nearly $1.5 million...
Dec 20, 2011
In November, the Society held a Health IT/EHR Symposium in Atlanta to help community oncology practices and large institutions navigate recent health care policy changes and leverage health information technology to improve the quality of care.
Dec 20, 2011
At the end of 2011, solving Medicare’s perennial “doc fix” continued to challenge the oncology community with the inability of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the “supercommittee”) to reach an agreement last November. A significant cut to Medicare payments as a result of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) would create barriers to...