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Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, Elected ASCO President for 2020–2021 Term

ASCO has elected Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, a long-time member and volunteer, to serve as its President for the term beginning in June 2020. She will take office as President-Elect during the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago in June 2019. Six new members were also elected to the ASCO Board of ...

2019 ASCO Election Candidates

The ASCO Nominating Committee has selected 15 distinguished ASCO members as candidates for open leadership positions within the Society, including: The office of President-Elect Three seats on the Society’s Board of Directors Three seats on the Nominating Committee Biographical information and...

symptom management

Use of Patient-Reported Outcomes Version of CTCAE in Rectal Cancer Trial

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Basch et al established the feasibility of using the National Cancer Institute patient-reported outcomes version of the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (PRO-CTCAE) in the setting of a multicenter clinical trial in locally advanced...

Katherine E. Reeder-Hayes, MD, Sees Equity as Next Big Challenge in Breast Cancer Care

Breast cancer specialist Katherine E. Reeder-Hayes, MD, MBA, was born on a farm in Morgan County, Alabama. “My family grew soybeans and cotton and raised cattle. None of my family members were in the medical field, but I always felt comfortable around people who were sick or had emergencies and...

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...

Early Symptom Reporting Can Extend Life for Patients With Advanced Cancer

In most cases, oncology doctors and nurses only assess their patients’ symptoms during regular checkups. Between visits, patients typically report symptoms only if there is a more severe problem. A study, funded in part by the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) of ASCO, suggests increased...

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...

issues in oncology

Ethan M. Basch, MD, on Symptom Monitoring: Findings on Overall Survival Rates

Ethan M. Basch, MD, of the University of North Carolina, discusses results from a study that assessed patient-reported outcomes for symptom monitoring during routine cancer treatment of metastatic solid tumors. (Abstract LBA2)

symptom management

ASCO 2017: Web-Based System for Self-Reporting Symptoms Helps Patients Live Longer

A randomized clinical trial of 766 patients shows that a simple intervention—a Web-based tool that enables patients to report their symptoms in real time, triggering alerts to clinicians—can have major benefits, including longer survival. Patients with metastatic cancer who used the...

symptom management

Ethan M. Basch, MD, on Symptom Control and Quality: The Patient’s Voice

Ethan M. Basch, MD, of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discusses programs—now rolling out at various institutions—that use direct patient reporting of symptoms as a part of quality assessment (Posters 61, 81; Abstract 218).

symptom management

Feasibility of Patient Reporting of Adverse Events in Cancer Clinical Trials

In a study reported in JAMA Oncology, Basch et al found that use of patient-reported outcome questionnaires to report symptomatic adverse events was feasible in the setting of multicenter cancer treatment trials. Study Details In the study, 361 consecutive patients enrolled in 1 of 9 U.S....

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issues in oncology

Researchers Question Process for Reviewing Coverage of 'Off-Label' Cancer Drug Use

A group of University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers is calling for an overhaul of the process that determines which cancer drugs used off-label—or beyond their approved use—are reimbursed by federally funded health insurance in the United...

Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, Receives $5.45M Grant From PCORI to Study Patient-Reported Outcomes

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has awarded Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, a 5-year, $5.45 million grant to support research into whether there are clinical benefits of having people with cancer self-report their symptoms while undergoing treatment. Dr. Basch, Director of the...

2016 ASCO Annual Meeting Planning Committees

The ASCO Annual Meeting highlights the latest research and treatment advances in oncology, with nearly 30,000 oncology professionals attending each year. ASCO wishes to acknowledge the volunteers on this year’s Cancer Education and Scientific Program Committees and thank them for their time and...

ASCO Recognizes 2016 Recipients of FASCO Distinction

�� The Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO) distinction recognizes ASCO members for their extraordinary volunteer service, dedication, and commitment to ASCO. Their efforts benefit ASCO, the specialty of oncology, and, most importantly, patients with cancer.  The 2016...

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CancerCare Issues Report on Nationwide Surveys of 3,000 People Diagnosed With Cancer

The national nonprofit organization CancerCare has announced the publication of a comprehensive report on experiences, perceptions, and needs of people who are living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. The 2016 CancerCare Patient Access and Engagement Report is a compilation of results from six...

2016 Special Awards: Researchers and Scientists Recognized for Significant Contributions to Cancer Care

Researchers, patient advocates, and global oncology community leaders dedicated to enhancing cancer prevention, treatment, and patient care will be honored with ASCO’s highest honor, its Special Awards, during the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting. Among this year’s awardees are a lung cancer luminary who...

prostate cancer

Active Surveillance Has Become Standard Care for Men With Low-Risk Localized Prostate Cancer

Active surveillance has been increasingly adopted as a standard approach for men with Gleason score ≤ 6 localized prostate cancer, with major guidelines and consensus statements encouraging this approach,1 including a recently published guideline from Cancer Care Ontario (CCO),2 and endorsement of...

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Ethan Basch, MD, on Assessing Quality: Patient-Reported Data

Ethan Basch, MD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, summarizes a session he chaired on the burgeoning use of patient-reported outcomes and wearable sensors in clinical practice and research.


Members of the Ad hoc Expert Panel included co-chairs Jamie H. Von Roenn, MD, Northwestern University, and Thomas J. Smith, MD, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine, in addition to: Amy P. Abernethy, MD, Erin R. Alesi, MD, Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH, Ethan M. Basch,...

prostate cancer

Adding Abiraterone to Prednisone Significantly Prolongs Time to Pain Progression in Chemotherapy-Naive Men With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

An interim analysis of the COU-AA-302 phase III trial in asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic chemotherapy-naive men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer showed that the addition of abiraterone (Zytiga) to prednisone significantly delayed radiographic progression and improved overall...

palliative care

Using Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in Palliative Care Clinical Practice

Incorporating patient-reported outcomes into the palliative care clinical setting can improve patients’ symptom management, quality of life, and overall communication with their oncologists, according to Ethan Basch, MD. Dr. Basch is Director of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program and Associate...

prostate cancer

Systemic Therapy in Men With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer: ASCO/CCO Clinical Practice Guideline

The ASCO Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee and the Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) program in evidence-based care have released a clinical practice guideline on systemic therapy in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. The guideline was published in the Journal of Clinical...

Expert Point of View: Ethan Basch, MD

Formal discussant of the patient-reported outcomes study by Smith et al presented at the Quality Care Symposium in Boston, Ethan Basch, MD, Director of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, praised the research for its important...

prostate cancer

Targeted MR/Ultrasound Fusion–Guided Biopsy Increased Detection of  High-Risk Prostate Cancer

Among men undergoing biopsy for suspected prostate cancer, targeted magnetic resonance (MR)/ultrasound fusion–guided biopsy was associated with an increased rate of detection of high-risk prostate cancer and a decreased rate of detection of low-risk prostate cancer than was standard...

breast cancer

Should We Be Worried If Patients Tolerate Endocrine Therapy Well?

When meeting with patients to discuss adjuvant endocrine therapy for breast cancer, the question often arises, “How will I know that the treatment is working?” While the efficacy of these treatments has been demonstrated for the majority of patients in multiple large randomized clinical trials,...

Advisory Board

An advisory board of renowned experts in oncology and patient engagement is actively engaged in survey assessment for relevance to real-world issues and will be reviewing and interpreting the survey data. The members of the advisory board follow: Walter Baile, MD: Professor, Department of...

supportive care
issues in oncology
issues in oncology

Electronic Symptom Self-Reporting During Cancer Treatment May Be Associated With Better Quality of Life and Other Clinical Benefits

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Basch et al, a trial conducted among patients receiving routine outpatient chemotherapy for advanced solid tumors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center indicated that patient use of tablet computers to report common symptoms was associated with ...

supportive care
issues in oncology
issues in oncology

Patient Symptom Surveys Linked to Reduced ER Visits, Improved Survival and Quality of Life

Systematic collection of cancer patients’ symptoms using computer surveys was linked to less frequent emergency room admissions, longer average chemotherapy adherence, greater quality-of-life improvements, and improved survival, according to a new randomized, controlled trial spearheaded by a ...

issues in oncology

Study Validates Method for Patient Reporting of Cancer Drug–Related Adverse Events

In cancer clinical trials, doctors typically report side effects that patients experience—not patients themselves. Previous research has shown that doctors underreport these symptoms. Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, Director of the UNC Lineberger Cancer Outcomes Research Program and Associate...

prostate cancer

ASCO and Cancer Care Ontario Release Clinical Practice Guideline for Systemic Therapy in Men With Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

The ASCO Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee and the Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) program in evidence-based care have released a clinical practice guideline on systemic therapy in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. The guideline is reported by Basch et al in the Journal of...

prostate cancer
supportive care

Abiraterone Acetate/Prednisone Combination Delays Decline in Quality of Life in Men With Metastatic Prostate Cancer

According to a study published in The Lancet Oncology, abiraterone acetate (Zytiga) taken in conjunction with prednisone significantly delays progression of pain and quality of life deterioration in men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. The study was led by Ethan Basch, MD,...