Mar 04, 2013
March 8 is International Women's Day, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Conquer Cancer Foundation are commemorating the day by recognizing women oncologists building bridges around the world. In the last several decades, increasing numbers of women have entered the field of oncology—enrolling in medical school, conducting cancer research, and holding leading positions at professional societies, cancer treatment centers, academia, government, and industry. Today, more than 30% of ASCO's 30,000 members are women, and the number continues to increase each year as more and more women join the field. Both ASCO and the Conquer Cancer Foundation have long supported the careers of many of these women and benefited from their leadership, within our organizations and beyond.
|From left to right: Drs. Tempero, Wright, and Horning |
at the 2012 ASCO Annual Meeting President's Dinner
organizations' helm is Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, an internationally recognized authority in the field of inflammatory breast cancer treatment. In addition, Rose Ruth Ellison, MD, FASCO (1974-1975); Karen H. Antman, MD, FASCO (1994-1995); Margaret A. Tempero, MD, FASCO (2003-2004); Sandra J. Horning, MD, FASCO (2005-2006); and Nancy E. Davidson MD, FASCO (2007-2008) have served in this leadership capacity, and helped advance the Society's mission and efforts to improve all aspects of cancer care. Countless women have also served on the ASCO and Conquer Cancer Foundation Boards of Directors and various committees, and many of these women are leading global efforts to improve the care of people living with cancer in every part of the world. Former ASCO Board member Martine J. Piccart, MD, PhD, FASCO, for example, currently serves as the president of the European Society for Medical Oncology and has been at the forefront of forging international collaborations directed toward the management of breast cancer. All of these highly qualified women have brought a wealth of experience to ASCO leadership.
|Olufunmilayo Olopade, |
While it would be an impossible task to name every woman who has contributed to the field of oncology in this limited space, included in this article are just a few to serve as both a nod to those who have pioneered the way and as inspiration for the continued forge ahead.
"I want women to pursue their own passions and follow their own strengths and interests. And as a shortage in oncology professionals looms over us—it's only wise to develop all the talent and nurture all the passion that we can find," says ASCO President Dr. Swain in her recent Women in Oncology blog series.