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Emil J Freireich, MD, FAACR, Honored With AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research

THE AMERICAN Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recognized Emil J Freireich, MD, FAACR, with the 2019 AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research at the opening ceremony of this year’s AACR Annual Meeting. Dr. Freireich was honored for his work in establishing combination...

Husband and Wife Leave a Giant Legacy in Oncology

The remarkable careers of Jimmie C. Holland, MD, and James F. Holland, MD, spanned collectively for more than a century, leaving an indelible footprint in oncology clinical care and research. Synonymous with cancer care itself, the Hollands were a living documentary of the rich and dramatic history ...

ASCO Through the Years: Past Presidents

Over the years many great oncology leaders have served at the helm as ASCO President. We recognize these individuals here, and extend our gratitude for their service and efforts to champion high-quality cancer care. 2018-2019: Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD 2017-2018: Bruce E. Johnson, MD 2016-2017:...

Chemotherapy Foundation Honors Oncology Pioneer James F. Holland, MD, FASCO, and Actor-Comedian Martin Short

On November 8, 2017, the Chemotherapy Foundation held a benefit in New York City to raise funding to support an investigator in ovarian cancer research selected for the 2018 Research Grant Program. The event coincided with the 35th Annual Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium and honored oncology...

Documentary Film Takes a Walk on the Wild Side With Oncology Pioneers

Oncology luminaries. Thought leaders. The soul of chemotherapy. These are just a few of the phrases used to describe Emil Frei, MD, FASCO, Emil J Freireich, MD, FASCO, James F. Holland, MD, FASCO, Georges Mathé, MD, and their historic contributions to the world of oncology. Inspired by these...

leukemia

Different Subtypes of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Create Both Clinical and Research Challenges

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is the most common leukemia in adults. Each year, about 20,000 Americans will be diagnosed with AML, and roughly 10,000 people in this country will die of the disease. AML progresses quickly, and unless treatment begins soon and is effective , the prognosis is grim....

ASH Honors J. Evan Sadler, MD, PhD, and Ayalew Tefferi, MD, With the 2016 Henry M. Stratton Medal

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will recognize J. Evan Sadler, MD, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Ayalew Tefferi, MD, of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, with the 2016 Henry M. Stratton Medal for their seminal contributions in the areas of basic and...

Pioneer in Chemoradiation Robert B. Livingston, MD, Dies

Over the past couple of decades, chemoradiation for several cancers, such as lung and breast, has advanced in efficacy and side-effect tolerance, prolonging survival and quality of life for patients. One of the pioneers in chemoradiation, Robert B. Livingston, MD, died on September 8, 2016. Dr....

Recipients of the David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award and Lecture

David A. Karnofsky, MD, dedicated himself to the pursuit of scientific excellence and the investigation of more effective therapies for cancer for nearly 30 years, from the time he was a resident at the Collis P. Huntington Memorial Hospital for Cancer Research of Harvard University, until his...

Richard ‘Buz’ Cooper, MD, Noted Health Policy Expert, Dies at 79

Addressing disparities of cancer care that result in poorer outcomes among certain populations remains a persistent challenge in the oncology community and in the health-care system at large. It is, to a large degree, a medical story of haves and have-nots. Richard “Buz” Cooper, MD, a preeminent...

health-care policy

Opinion: The FDA–Pharmaceutical Industry Complex

On January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his farewell address to the nation, coined the term “the military-industrial complex.” His purpose was to warn of the inefficiencies that could result from such a relationship, which would imperil the strength of our military and the safety of ...

Reflections from The ASCO Post

The editors gratefully acknowledge all contributors to The ASCO Post and thank the columnists who contributed to Volume 2, January–December 2011: Al B. Benson III, MD, FACP Richard Boxer, MD, FACS Carlton G. Brown, RN, PhD, AOCN Barrie R. Cassileth, PhD E. David Crawford, MD Emil J. Freireich, MD, ...

After 3 Decades at MD Anderson, Leukemia Researcher Shows No Sign of Slowing Down

Hagop M. Kantarjian, MD, Chair of the Department of Leukemia at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, was born in Lebanon. The only member of his family to have pursued a career in medicine, he received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut (AUB), which was founded...

Tracing Breast Cancer Luminary’s Path to Oncology, from Hungary to Houston

Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, MD, FACP, ASCO Past President (2006-2007), grew up under the oppressive regime of communist Hungary during the Cold War. “As college-educated intellectuals, my family was among the ‘politically undesirables,’ and if we had not escaped Hungary, neither my two sisters nor I...

Emil 'Tom' Frei III, MD, Trailblazer in the Development of Combination Chemotherapy, Dies at 89 

The pages of medical history are dog-eared with breakthroughs that have transformed medicine and saved lives. One of those dog-eared pages belongs to Emil Frei III, MD, known to his colleagues and friends as Tom. In the dawn of oncology, Dr. Frei, along with his associate, Emil Freireich, MD, did...

Emil 'Tom' Frei III, MD 1924–2013

The pages of medical history are dog-eared with breakthroughs that have transformed medicine and saved lives. One of those dog-eared pages belongs to Emil Frei III, MD, known to his colleagues and friends as Tom. In the dawn of oncology, Dr. Frei, along with his associate, Emil Freireich, MD, did...

Penn Medicine Names D. Gary Gilliland, MD, PhD, First Leader of Precision Medicine

Dr. Gary Gilliland, MD, PhD, has been named the inaugural Vice Dean and Vice President for Precision Medicine, at Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Gilliland is a cancer genetics expert and pioneer in the development of targeted therapies. “We are proud to be among the...

American Association for Cancer Research Inaugurates 2014 Class of Fellows

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) inducted the 2014 class of elected Fellows of the AACR Academy at the Association’s Annual Meeting, held recently in San Diego. The AACR Academy is an entity within the AACR that recognizes those individuals who have made exceptional contributions ...

Journal of Clinical Oncology

During my Presidency, we decided to increase ASCO’s size to give clinical investigators a better position in the medical world. To that end, I decided that the Society needed its own journal. At that time, we sent our papers to Blood or Cancer Research, where, in my estimation, they received poor...

ASCO Through the Years: Past Presidents

This year ASCO celebrates it's 50th Anniversary. Here is a list of past ASCO Presidents over these 50 years: 2014-2015: Peter P. Yu, MD 2013-2014: Clifford A. Hudis, MD 2012-2013: Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP 2011-2012: Michael P. Link, MD 2010-2011: George W. Sledge, Jr, MD 2009-2010: Douglas W....

Recipients of the David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award and Lecture

2014: H.M. (Bob) Pinedo, MD, PhD 2013: Martine J. Piccart, MD, PhD 2012: Kanti R. Rai, MD 2011: Kenneth Anderson, MD 2010: Daniel D. Von Hoff, MD, FACP 2009: Clara D. Bloomfield, MD 2008: V. Craig Jordan, OBE, PhD, DSc 2007: Robert A. Kyle, MD, MACP 2006: Dennis J. Slamon, MD, PhD 2005: Charles L....

Videos Tell Stories of 50 Years of Progress Against Cancer

Nearly 3 years ago, ASCO launched CancerProgress.Net to mark the 40th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. National Cancer Act, which led to major new investments in cancer research and significant increases in cancer survival. The site provides a dynamic and interactive history of progress...

issues in oncology

ASCO’s 50th Anniversary: Past Presidents Recall Top Issues During Their Terms

In a series of articles on the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s CancerProgress.Net website, past ASCO presidents are sharing their recollections of the major issues during their terms. Emil J Freireich, MD, FASCO, (1980–1981), remembered that during his presidency, ASCO began the process of...

Pioneering Medical Oncologist Remembers a Time Before the Subspecialty Was Created

While the first written record of cancer dates back to ancient Egypt, the history of modern oncology is fairly short, dating back only slightly more than half a century. Clinical trials in the early days of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the emerging cooperative groups were led by a...

A History of Medical Oncology

BOOKMARK Title: Therapeutic Revolution: The History of Medical Oncology From Early Days to the Creation of the SubspecialtyAuthor: Pierre R. BandPublisher: Bentham SciencePublication date: 2014Price: $39.00 (eBook); $78.00 (print on demand); 213 pagesAvailable at: eurekaselect.com   According to...

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Recruits D. Gary Gilliland, MD, PhD as New President and Director

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced that it has named D. Gary Gilliland, MD, PhD, an expert in cancer genetics and precision medicine as its new President and Director. He will take the helm as the Center’s new leader on January 2. Dr. Gilliland comes to Fred Hutchinson from the...

Bringing the History of Cancer to Film

Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, A Film by Barak Goodman will be broadcast on PBS on March 30, March 31, and April 1. Check local listings for broadcast times.   Like the book it’s based on, the television documentary Ken Burns Presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, A...

Beating the Odds in The Big Casino

More than 35 ASCO members contributed personal essays to a recently published collection of stories about humanism in medicine, including ASCO Past Presidents Paul A. Bunn, Jr, MD, FASCO, and Emil J. Freireich, MD, FASCO, and current President-Elect Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO. The Big Casino:...

issues in oncology
health-care policy

Ongoing Controversies in Allocating Our Health‑Care Resources

Disparities of care that result in poorer outcomes among certain populations have long been an issue addressed by the cancer community and its major organizations such as ASCO. While ethnicity and race play key roles in this ongoing debate over equitable allocation of our precious health-care...

A Tribute to James F. Holland, MD, in Celebration of His 90th Birthday

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. —Theodore Roosevelt   Longevity, in and of itself, is not an accomplishment. Luck and good genes are just human lottery tickets. Most people fortunate enough to live long lives have a productive sweet ...

Mount Sinai Honors James F. Holland, MD, FASCO, on the Occasion of His 90th Birthday

On May 14, 2015, over 160 colleagues, family members, friends, and patients of James F. ­Holland, MD, FASCO, gathered in the Goldwurm Auditorium in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York to honor Dr. Holland for the contributions he has made during his remarkable career in ...

leukemia

A Lasting Legacy

When Emil J Freireich, MD, retires from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on September 1, he will have spent 50 years at the institution and a total of 60 years in the pursuit of curing childhood leukemia as well as other cancers and in the educational development of young...

Scotty’s Gift

The following essay by Emil J. Freireich, MD, is adapted from The Big Casino: America’s Best Cancer Doctors Share Their Most Powerful Stories, which was coedited by Stan Winokur, MD, and Vincent Coppola and published in May 2014. The book is available on Amazon.com and thebigcasino.org. I learned...

hematologic malignancies

Early Research of David G. Nathan, MD, Ushered in the Field of Pediatric Hematology

When David G. Nathan, MD, was admitted to Harvard University in 1947, he had every intention of becoming an English professor. It was only his lack of writing talent that dissuaded him from a life in the classroom and propelled him into a medical career that has spanned more than 5 decades and has...

Emil ‘Tom’ Frei III, MD, Trailblazer in the Development of Combination Chemotherapy, Dies at 89

The pages of medical history are dog-eared with breakthroughs that have transformed medicine and saved lives. One of those dog-eared pages belongs to Emil Frei III, MD, known to his colleagues and friends as Tom. In the dawn of oncology, Dr. Frei, along with his associate, Emil Freireich, MD, did...

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