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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:...

ASCO Kicks Off Strategic Planning to Support Women in Oncology

Women in oncology aren’t ascending the leadership ladder at rates anywhere close to their male counterparts—and ASCO wants to fix that. The most recent report on “The State of Women in Academic Medicine” from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) said that although women make up...

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...

ASCO Honors Researchers, Scientists for Significant Advances in Cancer Treatment and Care

ASCO and the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) proudly announce the winners of ASCO’s Special Awards, the Society’s highest honors, and the CCF Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award. The recipients of these awards include researchers, patient advocates, and global oncology leaders who have worked ...

Forging a New Role to Make Curing More Cancers a Reality

For more than 3 decades, Nancy E. Davidson, MD, has dedicated her clinical and research career to better understanding the molecular mechanisms driving the development of breast cancer and to the discovery of more effective therapies to treat the disease. The recipient of an ASCO Young...

ASCO Launches Its New Journal Dedicated to Informatics

On February 23, 2017, ASCO launched its newest online-only journal, JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics (JCO CCI). The first four articles published in JCO CCI are: 1) An editorial from JCO CCI Editor-in-Chief Debra A. Patt, MD, MPH, MBA, introducing the publication and laying out its objective of...

ASCO Honors Researchers and Scientists for Significant Advancements in Cancer Treatment and Care

ASCO and the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (CCF) have proudly announced the winners of ASCO's Special Awards, the Society's highest honors, and the CCF Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award. The recipients of these awards include researchers, patient advocates, and global oncology leaders...

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 ...

Research Community Forum 2016 Annual Meeting: Using Collective Wisdom to Improve Cancer Research

The ASCO Research Community Forum held its 2016 Annual Meeting from September 25–26, at ASCO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Nearly 100 physician investigators and research staff from all types of research sites across the United States attended the meeting. Each year, the ASCO Research...

ASCO President-Elect Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, Reflects on Volunteer Service, Plans for Presidential Term

Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, began his term as ASCO President-Elect in June 2016 and will serve as 2017–2018 President. A thoracic cancer specialist, Dr. Johnson is Chief Clinical Research Officer and institute physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical...

issues in oncology

ASCO and AACI Initiative to Reduce Administrative and Regulatory Burden in Cancer Clinical Trials

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, and colleagues have provided a summary of the groundwork of an initiative by ASCO and the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) to identify and reduce...

New ASCO-SITC Symposium Dives Into Immuno-Oncology Research and Clinical Care

Advances in the field of immuno-oncology are revolutionizing cancer care. Ongoing progress with immune checkpoint agents, immune system boosts, cancer vaccines, and monoclonal antibodies continues to yield new and exciting results. However, with the benefits of rapid expansion comes the challenge...

Last Chance to Register for the ASCO Research Community Forum Annual Meeting

Join fellow physician investigators for the ASCO Research Community Forum 2016 Annual Meeting, to be held September 25–26 at ASCO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. This will be the Research Community Forum’s 5th Annual Meeting, held each year to bring researchers and research staff from across...

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, ...

Sarah S. Donaldson, MD, FASCO, Honored With Inaugural Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award

Sarah S. Donaldson, MD, FASCO, of Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, is the recipient of the Inaugural Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award. Throughout her decades-long career, Dr. Donaldson has mentored countless trainees and young oncologists,...

Women’s Networking Center Addresses Gender Gap, Provides Mentorship for Annual Meeting Attendees

ASCO is committed to providing all oncologists with opportunities for professional development that will maximize their career success. In response to the recognized career gender gap for women in oncology, ASCO included a number of initiatives in the 2016 Annual Meeting program. In its 2nd year,...

ASCO Announces New Award Honoring Visionary Leader Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO

At the end of June, Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO, retired after serving as ASCO’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for 10 years. To honor his commitment and contributions to ASCO and recognize his lasting impact on the field of oncology, the Society has created a new Special Award, the Allen S. Lichter ...

ASCO Endows Young Investigator Award in Honor of Society Founder Jane Cooke Wright, MD

For the first time in ASCO’s history, the Society has endowed its own Young Investigator Award (YIA), illustrating its continued commitment to investing in the future of cancer research. Ongoing support of this kind will ensure that the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF), ASCO’s philanthropic arm, is...

ASCO Announces New Award Honoring Visionary Leader Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO

During the 2016 Annual Meeting, ASCO announced the creation of the Allen S. Lichter Visionary Leader Award to recognize ASCO members who have transformed the oncology field or significantly advanced the mission of ASCO, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, or CancerLinQ, LLC, through their leadership,...

Scenes From ASCO 2016

1. “The Bean” or Cloud Gate with a little ASCO color. Photo © 2016 ASCO/Todd Buchanan. 2. ASCO CEO Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO, introducing ASCO President Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, during the Opening Session of the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago. Photo © 2016 ASCO/Phil McCarten....

ASCO 2016: CancerLinQ Extends Its Reach, Announces New Partnerships

ASCO announced that a total of 58 practices in 39 states and the District of Columbia have joined ­CancerLinQ™, ASCO’s big data initiative to rapidly improve the quality of care for people with cancer. ­CancerLinQ is already up and running in a number of practices and drawing on approximately...

issues in oncology

ASCO Applauds the FDA for Regulating E-Cigarettes

ASCO President Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) move to regulate electronic cigarettes. “ASCO applauds the FDA for exercising its congressionally mandated authority to regulate cigars, hookah tobacco,...

Vice President Joe Biden Addresses Attendees at ASCO 2016 Annual Meeting

Vice President Joe Biden offered remarks on the White House’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative on Monday, June 6, to attendees at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago. Essential Elements “The Moonshot Initiative can be a vehicle for major new progress against cancer, and ASCO’s Annual...

health-care policy

ASCO Urges Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to Withdraw Medicare Part B Demo in Formal Comments

ASCO President Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, issued this statement on May 10. “In comments1 submitted yesterday to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), ASCO underscored the urgent need to advance a more fair and responsible payment system for oncology than what is proposed in...

ASCO Announces New Award Honoring Visionary Leader Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO

During the 2016 Annual Meeting, ASCO announced the creation of the Allen S. Lichter Visionary Leader Award to recognize ASCO members who have transformed the oncology field or significantly advanced the mission of ASCO, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, or CancerLinQ, LLC, through their leadership,...

ASCO 2016: CancerLinQ Extends Its Reach, Announces New Partnerships

ASCO announced that a total of 58 practices in 39 states and the District of Columbia have joined CancerLinQ, ASCO’s big data initiative to rapidly improve the quality of care for people with cancer. CancerLinQ is already up and running in a number of practices and drawing on approximately...

issues in oncology

ASCO Value Framework Update: A Statement by Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO

ASCO today published an updated framework for assessing the relative value of cancer therapies that have been compared in clinical trials. The framework, published by Schnipper et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, defines value as a combination of clinical benefit, side effects, and...

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 ...

multiple myeloma

ASCO 2016: Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Remains Relevant in Multiple Myeloma, Even in Era of Novel Agents

Early findings from a phase III clinical trial (EMN02/HO95 MM) showed that patients with multiple myeloma who received an autologous stem cell transplant survived longer without disease progression than those who received only chemotherapy using novel agents. This is the largest study reported to...

palliative care

ASCO 2016: Early Palliative Care Provides Benefits for Family Caregivers of Patients With Cancer

A randomized clinical trial found that introducing palliative care shortly after a cancer diagnosis results in better quality of life and fewer symptoms of depression among family caregivers. According to the authors, the study is the first to show that early palliative care alone for a...

colorectal cancer

ASCO 2016: Left- vs Right-Sided Primary Tumor Location Predicts Survival in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

For a longer-form examination of these data, click here. A retrospective analysis from a large, federally funded clinical trial finds that the location of the primary tumor within the colon predicts survival and may help inform optimal treatment selection for patients with metastatic colorectal...

health-care policy

ASCO Urges CMS to Withdraw Medicare Part B Demo in Formal Comments

ASCO President Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, issued this statement on May 10. “In comments submitted yesterday to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), ASCO underscored the urgent need to advance a more fair and responsible payment system for oncology than what is proposed ...

ASCO Urges Aggressive Efforts to Increase HPV Vaccination and Prevent Cancer

Use of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines should be rapidly expanded to protect thousands of young people in the United States—and millions worldwide—from life-threatening cancers, ASCO said April 11 in a policy statement. Published by Bailey et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology,1 the...

gynecologic cancers

ASCO Urges Aggressive Efforts to Increase HPV Vaccination and Prevent Cancer

Use of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines should be rapidly expanded to protect thousands of young people in the United States—and millions worldwide—from life-threatening cancers, ASCO said April 11 in a policy statement. Published by Bailey et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology,...

ASCO Pledges to Advance Interoperability Among Health Information Systems

ASCO has joined members of the health-care community in pledging to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to commit to principles that will advance interoperability among health information systems. A formal announcement of the initiative was delivered by HHS Secretary Sylvia M....

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, Named ASCO’s Next CEO

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, Chief of the Breast Medicine Service, Vice President for Government Relations, and Chief Advocacy Officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, has been named the next Chief Executive Officer...

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, Named ASCO’s Next CEO

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, Chief of the Breast Medicine Service, Vice President for Government Relations, and Chief Advocacy Officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, has been named the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) ...

health-care policy

ASCO Issues Report on State of Cancer Care in America: 2016

The State of Cancer Care in America: 2016, published online in the Journal of Oncology Practice1 and presented earlier this month at a Congressional briefing in Washington, DC, is ASCO’s third annual assessment of national trends in cancer care delivery. The report highlights many promising cancer...

issues in oncology

ASCO Report Finds U.S. Cancer Care System Ill-Equipped to Deliver New Advances to Patients

As the nation embarks on an ambitious “moonshot” to accelerate progress against cancer, our system for delivering today's cancer treatments must be better prepared to bring advances to all patients, warns a new report from ASCO. The State of Cancer Care in America: 2016, published...

ASCO Recommends Improvements to Medicare for Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions

ASCO has submitted comments to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Working Group regarding the Bipartisan Chronic Care Working Group Policy Options document published in December 2015. The society commended the working group for its efforts to improve the Medicare program for...

issues in oncology

ASCO Provides Support and Guidance for the White House Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Although President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act in 1971, essentially declaring a war on cancer, the genesis of the idea had actually been born 2 years earlier, after the first landing on the moon set off a new era of scientific exploration and sparked a belief that any scientific...

Candid Discussions on Living With and After Cancer at An Evening for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers

On January 14, 2016, the Cancer Survivorship Symposium opened with An Evening for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers, an event featuring networking, a panel discussion, and an open forum to share the challenges of living with or after a cancer diagnosis. The audience included Symposium attendees as...

issues in oncology

ASCO Issues Policy Statement Calling for Improvements to Clinical Pathway Programs in Oncology

ASCO released a new policy statement with recommendations to ensure that clinical pathways in oncology promote—not hinder—the care of patients with cancer. Published by Zon et al in the Journal of Oncology Practice,1 the statement asserted that the way in which these treatment management tools in...

ASCO Praises President for White House’s Support of ‘Moonshot’ Initiative

On January 28, 2016, ASCO released the following statement by ASCO President Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO: ASCO applauds President Obama for aligning the Administration’s full support behind Vice President Biden’s “moonshot” initiative to accelerate the discovery of new cancer treatments, as...

ASCO Names Cancer Advance of the Year: Immunotherapy

At a Capitol Hill briefing today, ASCO announced immunotherapy as the top cancer advance of the year. Recent breakthroughs in immunotherapy—along with almost 60 other important cancer research advances—are described in ASCO's just-released report, Clinical Cancer Advances 2016: ASCO's...

lymphoma

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, on Nivolumab in Relapsed/Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, offers her thoughts on abstract 289, “Nivolumab in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma: Preliminary Safety, Efficacy, and Biomarker Results of a Phase I Study,” presented by Philippe Armand, MD, PhD.

leukemia
lymphoma

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, on Ublituximab Plus TGR-1202 in Lymphoma

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, offers her thoughts on abstract 801, “Ublituximab, a Novel Glycoengineered Anti-CD20 Monoclonal Antibody, in Combination With TGR-1202, a Next-Generation Once-Daily PI3kδ Inhibitor, Demonstrates Activity in Heavily...

lymphoma

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, on the AETHERA trial

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, offers her thoughts on abstract 673, “The AETHERA Trial: Results of a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Phase III Study of Brentuximab Vedotin in the Treatment of Patients at Risk of Progression Following...

health-care policy

ASCO Submits Comments to CMS on EHR Stage 3 of Meaningful Use and Modifications Final Rule

On December 15, ASCO submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the agency’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) Stage 3 of Meaningful Use and Modifications in 2015 through 2017. The Society’s comments provided recommendations to CMS regarding the implementation of...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Hosts Inaugural Scientific and Career Development Retreat

In October 2015, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (CCF) hosted its first Scientific and Career Development Retreat at ASCO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, for past recipients of the Young Investigator Award (YIA) and Career Development Award (CDA). The YIA provides funding to promising...

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