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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...

palliative care

Kathleen Foley, MD, on Palliative Care in Low-Resource Settings

Kathleen Foley, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses the challenges of integrating palliative care in areas without sufficient resources or health-care infrastructure.

Trailblazing Neurologist Leads the Way in Advancing Treatment of Cancer Pain

Kathleen M. Foley, MD, began her life’s work in cancer pain management at a time when suffering was a universally accepted consequence of the disease. Since then, Dr. Foley’s tireless work in the clinic and public forum has advanced not only the clinical treatment of cancer pain, but also the...

Special Anniversary Issue: Narratives in Oncology

The ASCO Post is pleased to present this special anniversary edition in recognition of the publication's 3rd year serving the oncology community. We hope you enjoy this special commemorative issue profiling several of the many leaders in the oncology community. In coming issues ofThe ASCO Postand...

issues in oncology

Symposium Focuses on Policy Issues in Personalized Cancer Care

“What is the biggest barrier to progress in personalized medicine?” asked moderator Anna Barker, PhD, leading a panel discussion at a recent meeting convened by the Washington-based advocacy group, the Personalized Medicine Coalition, with the American Association for Cancer Research and Feinstein...

issues in oncology

Data Liquidity Coalition Takes Shape

A coalition to promote and implement data sharing in cancer by facilitating data ‘liquidity,’ first proposed in February at an Institute of Medicine (IOM) workshop, is taking shape with the formation of a steering committee and action plans that include a demonstration project. For several years,...

supportive care

Supportive Care Experts Explore 30 Years of Progress in the Field

Thirty years ago, when the first supportive care meeting as a forerunner of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) Symposium was held in New York, supportive care was largely ignored, with little discussion at major cancer meetings, which focused primarily on...

pain management

Study Reveals Global Picture of Obstacles to Pain Control in Patients with Cancer

Hundreds of millions of patients with cancer around the world are suffering from unrelieved cancer pain, despite the availability of morphine and other drugs that could alleviate that suffering. The major barriers are twofold: governments failing to ensure an adequate supply of morphine and other...

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Important Messages about Palliative Care and Hospice at the Heart of New End-of-life Memoir 

The illness memoir’s appeal proves enduring in a very crowded genre, perhaps because illness is a tie that binds us all. As Susan Sontag wrote in her classic work, Illness as a Metaphor, “Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in...

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....

Cancer Frontier: Bringing the New Sciences to an Old School

Cancer seems to have an endless supply of people who want to write about it. Why not? It’s an intriguing subject of life and death and struggle and hope, one that touches virtually every person of a certain age. However, the bookshelves are filled with cancer survivorship books, so to stand out, an ...

From Small-Town Mexico to Big Pharma, a Look at Opiates for Good and Bad

Bookmark Title: Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic Author: Sam Quinones Publisher: Bloomsbury Press Publication date:  April 21, 2015 Price: $28.00; hardcover, 384 pages Despite growing awareness within the oncology community and the emergence of the palliative care...

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legislation

Debate Over Physician-Assisted Suicide Continues, State by State

In 1997, after surviving a storm of high-court legal challenges, Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act went into effect, making Oregon the first American state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. The Supreme Court ruled that there was no right to assisted suicide in the Constitution but implied that...

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ASCO and AAHPM Define Primary Palliative Care in Oncology

A new guidance statement from ASCO and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) could potentially lead to more standardized primary palliative care delivery across oncology settings, according to Kathleen E. Bickel, MD, MPhil, who presented the study findings at the 2015...

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