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Get to Know Your ASCO President-Elect: Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FASCO

Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FASCO, a long-time member and volunteer, began her term as ASCO President-Elect in June 2017; she will serve as 2018–2019 ASCO President. An active ASCO member since 1995, Dr. Bertagnolli is Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s...

ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson Seeks to Bring Personalized Medicine, Real-Time Data to Every Oncology Practice

Dedicating one’s career and livelihood to the pursuit of treating and possibly curing cancer is, for many, a decision that stems from deeply personal and, often, tragic experience. For 2017–2018 ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, the event that greatly influenced his decision was the...

ASCO-AACI’s Best Practices in Cancer Clinical Trials Initiative: Streamlining Adverse Events Reporting and Research Community Forum Activities

Research sites and investigators face an ever-increasing number of challenges in the conduct and management of cancer clinical trials. Many of these challenges stem from the multitude of requirements for clinical trials that sponsors and regulatory and administrative agencies have set.  In...

President’s Budget Threatens Nation’s Progress Against Cancer

A statement from ASCO Past President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO, expressed the Society’s strong opposition to the Administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, which includes a 21% funding cut for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a 20% funding cut for the National Cancer ...

symptom management

Online Self-Reporting of Symptoms Improves Quality of Life, Extends Survival

When patients with metastatic cancer used a Web-based tool to self-report symptoms proactively during treatment, they lived 5 months longer than did patients assigned to usual care. In addition, they had improved quality of life and fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations compared with...

ASCO Launches Volunteer Corps

ASCO is very fortunate to have an active member base eager to volunteer, share expertise, and give back to the oncology community. Currently, more than 2,000 volunteers are engaged on ASCO committees, subcommittees, working groups, panels, task forces, editorial boards, and in various training...

colorectal cancer

Expert Point of View: Manish Shah, MD and Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO

Manish Shah, MD, Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, was impressed with the findings of the two subanalyses of CALGB 89803.  “The study found a 46% reduction in the risk of recurrence with two servings of tree nuts a week, and that’s more than ...

breast cancer

ASCO 2017: OlympiAD Trial: Olaparib Slows Growth of BRCA-Related Metastatic Breast Cancer

Findings from a phase III clinical trial of about 300 women may introduce poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors as a new type of treatment for breast cancer. Compared to standard chemotherapy, the oral targeted medicine olaparib (Lynparza) reduced the chance of progression of advanced,...

Leader in International Clinical Trials, Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, Dies at 71

Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, Co-Chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, succumbed to a sudden illness at his home and died on May 10, 2017, at the age of 71. A giant in national and international clinical research since 1977, Dr. Comis is known as a champion of patient access to cancer...

Scott Gottlieb, MD, Receives Confirmation as FDA Commissioner

Statement by 2016–2017 ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO: “The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates Scott Gottlieb, MD, on his confirmation as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With more than 1.7 million new cancer diagnoses made in...

ASCO Issues Recommendations for Reducing Cancer Disparities Among Sexual and Gender Minority Populations

ASCO has issued recommendations addressing the needs of sexual and gender minority populations as they relate to cancer.  The recommendations, published in a policy statement in the Journal of Clinical Oncology,1 are designed to focus attention on the challenges facing the sexual and gender...

Leader in International Clinical Trials, Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, Dies at 71

Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, Co-Chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, succumbed to a sudden illness at his home and died on May 10, 2017, at the age of 71. A giant in national and international clinical research since 1977, Dr. Comis is known as a champion of patient access to cancer...

ASCO CEO Reflects on His First Year in Office and What Is Ahead

June 27, 2017, marks the 1-year anniversary since Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, began his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of ASCO. With the launch of the national Cancer Moonshot and the changes in the White House and Congress, it has been a year of tremendous activity drawing on all of...

My Year of Living Wonderfully: 12 Months as ASCO President

EACH YEAR, the ASCO President chooses a theme for his or her term, which is not a trivial pursuit. Trying to think up something novel and catchy, yet not schmaltzy, is quite a challenge. However, in my year as Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the 2010 ASCO Annual Meeting, then during...

colorectal cancer

ASCO 2017: Chance of Colon Cancer Recurrence Nearly Cut in Half in Patients Who Consume Nuts

An observational study of 826 patients with stage III colon cancer showed that those who consumed 2 ounces or more of nuts per week had a 42% lower chance of cancer recurrence and 57% lower chance of death than those who did not eat nuts. A secondary analysis revealed the benefit of nut consumption ...

colorectal cancer

ASCO 2017: Healthy Lifestyle After Colon Cancer Diagnosis Helps Extend Survival

A study of 992 patients with stage III colon cancer found that those who reported a healthy lifestyle during and following adjuvant treatment had a 42% lower chance of death and a trend for lower chance of cancer recurrence than those who had less healthy lifestyles. The study will be presented by...

hepatobiliary cancer

ASCO 2017: Adjuvant Capecitabine May Extend Survival in Biliary Tract Cancer

A phase III randomized clinical trial in 447 patients with biliary tract cancers showed that treating the disease with capecitabine after surgery extends survival by a median of 15 months compared to surgery alone. The finding could provide the basis for a new standard of care in the disease. This ...

ASCO Remembers Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO

ASCO and the oncology community are deeply saddened by the loss of Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, who passed away on May 10, 2017, at the age of 71. Dr. Comis was a powerful voice in support of clinical trials, cooperative group research, and patient advocacy throughout his career. “Bob helped...

ASCO Selects 2017–2018 Health Policy Fellows

ASCO has announced that Alexander Chin, MD, MBA, and Joanna C. Yang, MD, have been selected for the 2017–2018 ASCO Health Policy Fellowship program, now entering its second year. The fellowship, aimed at early career oncologists, provides the skills necessary to monitor and shape the regulatory and ...

ASCO Congratulates Seema Verma on Confirmation as CMS Administrator

“ASCO congratulates Seema Verma for her confirmation as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Administrator Verma is now in a key position to lead the agency during the next phase of health-care reform in the United States and to help ensure that millions of...

health-care policy
issues in oncology

ASCO’s State of Cancer Care in America: 2017 Report Acknowledges Both the Progress Made in Oncology Care and the Challenges Ahead

Despite advances in cancer risk assessment, prevention, disease detection, drug development, and health-care delivery, which have led to unparalleled reductions in cancer incidence and mortality, access to affordable health care and increased administrative burdens placed on oncology practices...

health-care policy

ASCO Releases Its State of Cancer Care in America: 2017 Report

In a press briefing today on Capitol Hill, ASCO presented its fourth annual State of Cancer Care in America: 2017 report, which found that although the cancer care delivery system in the United States is undergoing profound changes to better meet the needs of cancer survivors, persistent hurdles...

ASCO Statement: President's Budget Will Devastate U.S. Research Enterprise

ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO, released the following statement today: “We soundly oppose President Trump's budget outline, which would cut $6 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Reducing NIH's funding by nearly 20% will devastate our nation's...

head and neck cancer

Immunotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer: ‘The Fourth Modality Has Arrived’

“This is a big deal. This is going to change all of oncology, not just head and neck cancer,”1 Tanguy ­Seiwert, MD, remarked following a summary by Jeffrey Sosman, MD, on advances in immunotherapy for treating cancer.2 Dr. Sosman, Director of the Melanoma Program and Clinical Director of Cancer...

ASCO Submits Comments on NIH Data-Sharing Request for Information

Earlier this year, ASCO submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in response to a Request for Information on ­data-sharing and management (NOT-OD-17-015). In the comment letter, ASCO expressed support for the NIH’s efforts to develop a framework and strategies for data-sharing ...

issues in oncology
survivorship
health-care policy

Timing Is Everything

In 1959, my 5-year-old cousin, Kim, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). As an 8-year-old, I didn’t really understand what was happening to him, except that he had to go to the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, Indiana, for treatment. The haunting vision of his looking...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Hosts Successful Scientific and Career Development Retreat

In October 2016, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (CCF) hosted its Second Scientific and Career Development Retreat at ASCO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Attendees included Career Development Award (CDA) and Young Investigator Award (YIA) recipients awarded between 2010 and 2016; ASCO ...

From Azerbaijan to America: An IDEA Recipient’s Experience

Cancer takes away millions of lives every year, and in low- and middle-income countries, the high cancer mortality rate can often be attributed to scarce means and a shortage of trained professionals. Hoping to contribute my best in the fight against this disease, I chose to become an oncologist in ...

issues in oncology

Immunotherapy 2.0 Named Advance of the Year in ASCO's Report

A growing number of patients with cancer are benefiting from research advances in immunotherapy, leading ASCO to name immunotherapy as the Society's Advance of the Year for a second year in a row. Released today, Clinical Cancer Advances 2017: ASCO's Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer...

health-care policy

ASCO Releases Principles for Patient-Centered Health-Care Reform

ASCO has released the “ASCO Principles for Patient-Centered Health-Care Reform,” seven recommendations designed to ensure access to high-quality cancer care amid the changing U.S. health-care delivery landscape. The principles aim to assist the new Congress and Administration, so, as they consider...

health-care policy
issues in oncology

ASCO Releases Principles for Patient-Centered Health-Care Reform

ASCO has released the “ASCO Principles for Patient-Centered Health-care Reform,” seven recommendations designed to ensure access to high-quality cancer care amid the changing U.S. health-care delivery landscape. The principles aim to assist the new Congress and Administration, so, as...

health-care policy

Oncology Organizations Applaud Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act

On Tuesday, December 13, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, landmark legislation designed to improve and accelerate the pace of biomedical research in the United States. ASCO Chief Executive Officer Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, attended the White House signing ceremony ...

Gilberto de Lima Lopes, Jr, MD, MBA, FAMS, Named New Editor-in-Chief of ASCO’s Journal of Global Oncology

ASCO announced that Gilberto de Lima Lopes, Jr, MD, MBA, FAMS, will become Editor-in-Chief of the Society’s Journal of Global Oncology (JGO) in early 2017. Dr. Lopes will direct the editorial scope of JGO, an online-only, open-access journal addressing the unique challenges of cancer care and...

ASCO Releases Criteria for High-Quality Clinical Pathways in Oncology

ASCO recently released its Criteria for High-Quality Clinical Pathways in Oncology, a set of 15 interrelated criteria that provide an overarching framework for assessing pathway programs in the United States. ASCO developed the criteria to guide stakeholders in assessing the quality, utility, and...

health-care policy

ASCO Praises Congress for Accelerating the Development and Delivery of Cancer Treatment With 21st Century Cures Act

In a statement released December 7, ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO, said, “ASCO applauds the U.S. Senate for their decisive vote today to pass the 21st Century Cures Act and authorize funding for the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot and National Institutes of Health Innovation ...

issues in oncology

ASCO Releases Criteria for High-Quality Clinical Pathways in Oncology

ASCO today released Criteria for High-Quality Clinical Pathways in Oncology, a set of 15 inter-related criteria that provide an overarching framework for assessing pathway programs in the United States. ASCO developed the criteria to guide stakeholders in assessing the quality, utility, and...

health-care policy

How ASCO Is Preparing Members for MACRA

On October 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its final policy on what physicians need to do to begin implementing the Quality Payment Program outlined in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 ­(MACRA). The Quality Payment Program is a...

ASCO Applauds MACRA’s Focus on High-Quality, Patient-Centered Care

Editor’s note: As The ASCO Post went to press, the Department of Health & Human Services finalized a landmark new payment system for Medicare clinicians. The system, known as MACRA, (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015), replaces the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate and will...

health-care policy

HHS Finalizes MACRA Rule, ASCO Applauds Focus on High-Quality Patient-Centered Care

Today, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) finalized a landmark new payment system for Medicare clinicians that will continue the Administration’s progress in reforming how the health-care system pays for care. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of ...

ASCO Continues Active Involvement in Cancer Moonshot

This summer, ASCO continued its active involvement in Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative. ASCO joined the Vice President at the formal launch of the moonshot earlier this year, and since then, has discussed research and policy proposals to advance discovery in cancer treatment...

Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO, Leader in Translational Research, Begins Term as ASCO President

In 1995, Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO, gathered with several other oncologists at a conference center in San Francisco to begin writing the first-ever ASCO guidelines on cancer treatment. He and his colleagues felt like pioneers scouting uncharted frontier. “I’ll never forget, that first hour or so, ...

What ASCO Can Do for You—and for Our Patients

This is an exciting time to be an oncologist. I often say I wish I were 30 again and just starting out in my oncology career. Never before have we had such sophisticated technology for evaluation of the tumor or such a potent arsenal of targeted and effective therapies to treat cancer. Further, the ...

global cancer care

American Society of Clinical Oncology Honors Researchers, Patient Advocates, and Leaders of the Global Oncology Community

Leaders in cancer care will be recognized as part of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Special Awards Program at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting. The Special Awards recognize the dedication and significant contributions of researchers, patient advocates, and leaders of the global oncology...

Making a Difference for Patients: An Interview With Dr. Daniel F. Hayes, 2015–2016 President-Elect

Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO, began his term as ASCO President-Elect this past June, and will serve as President in 2016–2017. A breast cancer specialist, he is Professor of Internal Medicine, the Stuart B. Padnos Professor in Breast Cancer, and the Clinical Director of the Breast Oncology Program at ...

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