Direct From ASCO

Highlights From the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s Third Annual Career Development Retreat

ASCO  / December 10, 2017

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO is committed to supporting the research and career development of young researchers through its Grants & Awards Program. In October 2017, Conquer Cancer hosted its third Scientific and Career Development Retreat at ASCO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia...

Supportive Care
Palliative Care

Walther Cancer Foundation Endows New ASCO Special Award and Lecture for Palliative and Supportive Care

ASCO  / December 10, 2017

The Walther Cancer Foundation, Inc., a private foundation based in Indianapolis, Indiana, has endowed a new ASCO award and lecture bearing its name to be presented annually at the Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium. This grant represents a new foray for the foundation as it expands...

Issues in Oncology

CMS Finalizes 340B Cuts, Part B Drugs in Quality Payment Program, 2018 Physician Fee Schedule

ASCO  / December 10, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule on the 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (PPS). In the rule, CMS finalized a proposal to cut reimbursement for separately paid drugs under the 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B) from average sales price (A...

Honor a Loved One With a Gift to Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / December 10, 2017

This holiday season, fund breakthrough cancer research on behalf of someone you love.  Visit CONQUER.ORG/Tribute-Gift to make a tax-deductible gift to Conquer Cancer, ASCO’s affiliate, and send an eCard or mailed notification of your donation. Your support will help fuel the brightest researchers...

Read the Inaugural ASCO Connection: Cancer Policy Issue

ASCO  / December 10, 2017

ASCO Connection has released ASCO Connection: Cancer Policy, a supplemental issue that provides the latest information and analysis related to cancer policy news and updates on ASCO’s ongoing advocacy efforts.  This inaugural special edition serves as a “year in review” of ASCO’s legislative activi...

Supportive Care
Palliative Care

ASCO Answers Palliative Care: A Resource for Patients

ASCO  / December 10, 2017

Do your patients have questions about palliative care/supportive care? Help them better understand their prognosis and goals of treatment, clarify their expectations, and maintain their quality of life with the ASCO Answers Palliative Care booklet.  This booklet shows how palliative care is used ...

Cast Your Vote in ASCO Election by December 4

Lisa A. Carey, MD, 2017–2018 Chair, ASCO Nominating Committee  / November 25, 2017

The ASCO Nominating Committee, which is itself elected by ASCO members, is charged with selecting candidates for future Society leadership. This job is both a great pleasure and a real challenge, since ASCO has so many dedicated members who have the desire, insight, and ability to lead our orga...

Recommendations From ASCO Summit Promote Multidisciplinary Collaboration to Focus on Obesity Prevention and Treatment

ASCO  / November 25, 2017

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM an ASCO “Summit on Addressing Obesity Through Multidisciplinary Collaboration” have been published in a new article in the journal Obesity. The recommendations cover four key areas in response to the current issues providers face in addressing obesity prevention and treatment an...

President-Elect Candidates Discuss ASCO’s Role in Shaping Global Oncology Community

ASCO  / November 25, 2017

Howard A. “Skip” Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO, of Sarah Cannon and Tennessee Oncology, and Therese Marie Mulvey, MD, FASCO, of Massachusetts General Hospital North Shore Cancer Center, were selected by the ASCO Nominating Committee as candidates for ASCO President-Elect. Below, the candidates share t...

This #GivingTuesday, Help Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / November 25, 2017

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, marks the 6th consecutive year of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that celebrates philanthropy. Taking place on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday serves as a reminder that the holiday season is about giving back as well as giving gifts.  Those...

Encourage Your Lawmakers to Increase Funding for NIH in FY 2018

ASCO  / November 25, 2017

EARLIER THIS FALL, Congress voted to pass a 3-month Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government, while the House of Representatives and the Senate work to finalize a Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 funding bill. The CR, viewed as a temporary measure to keep the federal government operating, keeps fundin...

ASCO Election Candidates

ASCO  / November 25, 2017

SIXTEEN DISTINGUISHED ASCO members have been selected by the ASCO Nominating Committee as candidates for open leadership positions within the Society, including:  The offices of President-Elect and Treasurer  Four seats on the Society’s Board of Directors  Two seats on the Nominating Committee ...

ASCO’s Patient Resources for National Marrow Awareness and Family Caregivers Month

ASCO  / November 25, 2017

VISIT ASCO’S patient information website, Cancer.Net, for comprehensive information on understanding bone marrow/stem cell transplantation, donating bone marrow, and extensive information for caregivers. Stock your practice with copies of the ASCO Answers Guide to Caregiving and Understanding Bo...

Emeritus Membership: What Does Retirement Mean to You?

Carson Rolleri, ASCO Communications  / November 10, 2017

In a 2013 survey, oncologists in the United States and Canada said they aim to retire at about age 64 or 65—but the majority transition into retirement in the few years after turning 65.1 When oncologists reach the point of retirement, the transition from ever-busy physician to retiree can be a conf...

Twisted Pink Joins Forces With the Conquer Cancer Foundation to Support Metastatic Breast Cancer Research

ASCO  / November 10, 2017

As one of the few organizations exclusively focused on funding research for metastatic breast cancer, Twisted Pink has a unique story to tell. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the organization was founded in 2014 by breast cancer survivor Caroline Johnson. While Ms. Johnson fully recovered from her di...

CCF Conquerors Circle Recognizes Donors

ASCO  / November 10, 2017

The Conquerors Circle is the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s first-ever donor appreciation society. Donors who contribute $1,000 annually are members of the Conquerors Circle.  In appreciation for their generous and loyal support of CCF, Conquerors Circle members receive exclusive benefits based on the...

Conqueror in Action: Six-Time Survivor Brittany Sullivan Takes on Sarcoma

ASCO  / November 10, 2017

Alveolar soft part sarcoma (ASPS) is a cancer so rare that some oncologists have never heard of it. Brittany Sullivan, a 29-year-old anatomy teacher from Nashville, Tennessee, learned about it when she was 3 years old. She has been conquering it ever since. Since her childhood diagnosis, Ms. Sulli...

Fall Wrap-Up: Research Community Forum and 2017 ASCO Advocacy Summit

ASCO  / November 10, 2017

ASCO Research Community Forum The ASCO Research Community Forum (RCF) Annual Meeting was held September 24–25, with the theme of Advancing Cancer Care Through Research Partnerships. The RCF Annual Meeting brings together ASCO leaders, regulatory experts, physician investigators, and research staff ...

ASCO’s Patient Resources for Lung Cancer Awareness Month

ASCO  / November 10, 2017

Visit ASCO’s patient information website, Cancer.Net, for comprehensive guides to non–small cell lung cancer at www.cancer.net/nsclc and small cell lung cancer at www.cancer.net/sclc. A shorter, one-page fact sheet on lung cancer is also available, as well as specialized resources for caregiving, su...

ASCO University Offers New Course Covering Resource-Stratified Guidelines

ASCO  / October 25, 2017

ASCO has created a series of clinical practice guidelines to benefit clinicians, public health leaders, and policymakers in all resource settings. These resource-stratified guidelines help medical professionals outline appropriate methods of treatment and care based on the level of health-care resou...

Funding the Future of Cancer Research Led by Women Making an Impact

ASCO  / October 25, 2017

WOMEN WHO CONQUER CANCER (WWCC) funds the promising careers of the best and brightest women researchers through the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s Young Investigator Award (YIA) program. Thanks to the generosity of supporters, five awards were granted in 2017. Right now, gifts to the WWCC Endowment Fun...

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

A. Kate Macdougall  / October 25, 2017

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 b...

Recommend an Early-Career Oncologist for ASCO’s 2018 Health Policy Fellowship

ASCO  / October 25, 2017

APPLICATIONS ARE now being accepted for ASCO’s 2018 Health Policy Fellowship program. The Health Policy Fellowship aims to provide oncology fellows and early-career physicians with the necessary skills to shape cancer policy and to help increase the involvement of ASCO members in policy, advocacy, a...

Quality Training Program Now Accepting Applications for 2018; Courses to Be Held in Miami and Northern Virginia

ASCO  / October 25, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for ASCO’s Quality Training Program (QTP), a comprehensive program designed to train oncology health-care providers to investigate and implement data-driven quality improvement, as well as manage clinical and nonclinical processes and outcomes.  The program bring...

For Your Patients: ASCO Answers Managing Cancer-Related Pain Booklet

ASCO  / October 25, 2017

ASCO’S BOOKLET on Managing Cancer-Related Pain helps you work together with your patients to develop an individualized plan for pain management before they start treatment. Patients and their caregivers will learn about the importance of pain relief, including its causes, how it is diagnosed, and ...

Register for December 1 FDA Workshop on Cardiovascular Toxicities in Immunotherapy Trials

ASCO  / October 25, 2017

THE U.S. FOOD & DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) and the Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) will host a complimentary public workshop, Assessment of Cardiovascular Toxicities in Immuno-Oncology Trials, on December 1. ASCO is supporting the workshop with the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the Am...

CCF Researcher Spotlight: Rizwan Romee, MD

ASCO  / October 10, 2017

RIZWAN ROMEE, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine & Clinical Director, Haploidentical Transplant Program Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri Acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, is the most common type of acute blood cancer in the adult population and can be very difficult t...

Spotlight on Women Who Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / October 10, 2017

Women Who Conquer Cancer is a group dedicated to advancing cancer research by supporting young female researchers early in their careers through Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) Young Investigator Awards (YIAs). These 1-year grants give promising researchers the boost they need to get started on th...

Educate and Support Your Patients With ASCO Answers Materials

ASCO  / October 10, 2017

Provide your patients with ASCO-approved information on cancer.  ASCO Answers materials are available as fact sheets and booklets, covering many types of cancer as well as treatments and side effects.  Order printed copies online today through the ASCO Bookstore at www.cancer.net/estore. Enjoy fre...

ASCO’s QOPI Certification Program™ Recognizes Three Oncology Practices in Spain

ASCO  / October 10, 2017

ASCO has announced that the first three practices in Spain have received Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) certification through the QOPI Certification Program™, LLC (QCP). The accreditations were given on September 8, at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2017 Congress in M...

Issues in Oncology

ASCO Concerned With MIPS Part B Reimbursement Assessments in QPP Proposal

ASCO  / October 10, 2017

ASCO submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on its proposed rule outlining changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2018. In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, made recommendations regarding the two maj...

ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research Release Comprehensive Recommendations to Broaden Eligibility Criteria for Cancer Clinical Trials

ASCO  / October 10, 2017

ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) are calling for the use of more inclusive eligibility criteria for cancer clinical trials in a new Special Series in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO). The series provides a comprehensive examination of eligibility criteria for cancer clinical trial...

Obtaining a Second Graduate Degree During Fellowship: Things to Consider

Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh, MBBCh BAO  / October 10, 2017

KAH POH (MELISSA) LOH, MBBCh BAO Institution: Fellow, University of Rochester Medical CenterMember since: 2013ASCO activities: Trainee Council Hematology and oncology fellowship training requires at least 3 years to complete. For fellows who wish to single board in either hematology or oncolo...

Issues in Oncology
Health-Care Policy
Legislation

Cancer Policy Priorities Front and Center on Capitol Hill

ASCO  / October 10, 2017

On September 27 and 28, more than 100 ASCO volunteers headed to Capitol Hill to participate in the 2nd Annual ASCO Advocacy Summit. During the Summit, advocates met with members of Congress and staff to educate them on critical issues affecting patients and providers and to encourage policymakers to...

Clinical Practice Committee, State Affiliate Council Support Innovative Clinical Research—And So Can You

ASCO  / September 25, 2017

ASCO’s Clinical Practice Committee (CPC) and State Affiliate Council (SAC) have a history of supporting the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (CCF) Young Investigator Award (YIA) program. Individual members of the CPC and SAC, as well as ASCO State Affiliates, contribute funds to this philanthropic ...

#WECONQUERCANCER

ASCO  / September 25, 2017

JOIN THE Conquer Cancer Foundation community of supporters to start a personal fundraising campaign and help create a world free from the fear of cancer.  What will you do to help conquer cancer?  Honor/remember a loved one  Celebrate a special occasion  Participate in an endurance event  S...

Original Report in JCO CCI Describes How Authors Developed a Process to Automate a QOPI Measure

ASCO  / September 25, 2017

A NEW ARTICLE published in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics (JCO CCI), “Automating QOPI Quality Measure NHL78a,” by Richard P. Mansour, MD, and Samip Master, MD, reports how the authors were able to use data from an electronic health record (EHR) and Microsoft SQL Server database management system to...

Talking About Physician Burnout: Practical Strategies for Starting the Conversation

Jack Lambert, ASCO Staff Writer  / September 25, 2017

Would you rather explain the benefits of three cycles of bleomycin, etoposide, and cisplatin to a hostile crowd of bored teenagers than talk to your program director, supervisor, or colleagues about feeling burned out? It is an understandable feeling. Professional burnout is a difficult concept to ...

Are You Ready for October 2? Plan Ahead for Key QPP Deadline

ASCO  / September 25, 2017

AS PRACTICES across the country implement the Quality Payment Program (QPP), it’s important to remember that 2017 is a transition year. Practices only have to report one measure for one patient (including at least one Medicare patient) in order to receive a neutral payment adjustment and avoid finan...

ANCO Supports Young Investigator Award for a Northern California Researcher

ASCO  / September 25, 2017

The Association of Northern California Oncologists (ANCO), an ASCO Affiliate, is among the newest nonprofit supporters of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (CCF). ANCO is generously funding a 2018 Young Investigator Award (YIA) for a qualified northern Califo...

Survivorship Resources for Providers and Patients

ASCO  / September 25, 2017

ASCO OFFERS a bundled resource that combines provider and patient information about cancer survivorship. Providing High Quality Survivorship Care in Practice: An ASCO Guide aims to assist oncologists and other clinicians with implementing high-quality survivorship care programs within their practi...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Shaping Real Careers With Virtual Mentorship

Bishal Gyawali, MD  / September 10, 2017

Institution: Postgraduate trainee and PhD candidate in medical oncology, Department of Clinical Oncology and Chemotherapy, Nagoya University Graduate School of MedicineMember since: 2014ASCO activities: Virtual Mentors, Journal of Global Oncology editorial fellow Of the many activities ASCO co...

Your Monthly Gift Can Have a Huge Impact

ASCO  / September 10, 2017

By contributing a monthly gift to the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF), you can make a dramatic difference as we work to build a world free from the fear of cancer. An automatic charge to your credit card each month is the easiest way to complete your monthly donation. Secure and convenient, a recur...

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

Amanda B. Narod, ASCO Communications  / September 10, 2017

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...

Cost of Care

Cancer.Net Resource Helps Patients Manage Cancer Costs

ASCO  / September 10, 2017

Help your patients manage the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis with Cancer.Net’s Managing the Cost of Cancer Care booklet. This booklet provides information on key financial categories for cancer care, an easy-to-understand explanation of health insurance coverage, tips for organizing financ...

Legislation

FDA Announces New Comprehensive Plan for Tobacco and Nicotine Regulation

ASCO  / September 10, 2017

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new strategy to address tobacco-related disease and death. The agency seeks to develop a plan to reduce the nicotine levels in combustible cigarettes to nonaddictive levels. However, as part of the strategy, the FDA also announced it ...

Geriatric Oncology

Register for the Geriatric Oncology Workshop

ASCO  / September 10, 2017

On November 6, 2017, ASCO and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a joint Geriatric Oncology Workshop aimed at improving the evidence base for treating the geriatric oncology population.  While more than 60% of cancers in the United States occur in people aged 65 and older, the ev...

ASCO, CCF Congratulate 2017 Grant and Award Recipients

ASCO  / August 25, 2017

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (CCF) presented more than $6.3 million in grants and awards to 247 promising oncology researchers at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting. CCF and ASCO congratulate the recipients on their contributions to the field of oncology and offer their profound thanks to th...

Be a Conqueror With CCF’s Simple Fundraising Platform

ASCO  / August 25, 2017

BY CREATING an online fundraising campaign page at WeConquerCancer.org, anyone can make a difference in raising awareness and providing support for vitally important cancer research and education. A campaign might:  Honor a special person whose life has been touched by cancer;  Celebrate a speci...

Charting the Future of Cancer Health Disparities Research

ASCO  / August 25, 2017

LEADING NATIONAL cancer organizations have released a joint position statement1 to guide the future of cancer health disparities research. The statement represents a unified strategy by ASCO, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cancer Institute...

ASCO Offers Path to Addressing Affordability of Cancer Drugs

ASCO  / August 25, 2017

ASCO RECENTLY issued a position statement on rising cancer drug prices. The statement, asserting that solutions to address the affordability of cancer drugs must also preserve patients’ access to care and foster innovation, analyzes a wide array of options and recommends that a panel of stakeholders...

Resource for Your Patients on Weight Management

ASCO  / August 25, 2017

ASCO’S BOOKLET Managing Your Weight After a Cancer Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families addresses how being obese or overweight can slow recovery and affect survival.  Readers will find information on different weight loss methods, common challenges to losing weight and maintaining wei...

Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA Launches Expanded Access Navigator Website

ASCO  / August 25, 2017

THE NONPROFIT Reagan-Udall Foundation for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a new online resource called the Expanded Access Navigator. The website, which focuses on oncology, features the first pharmaceutical company directory of expanded access policies and criteria, as well...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Researcher Spotlight

ASCO  / August 10, 2017

Within the past few years, a type of immunotherapy known as T-cell therapy has emerged as a promising treatment option for certain cancers. T cells are immune cells that can fight infectious viruses—and also cancer. In T-cell therapy, these cells are removed from a patient’s blood, modified in ...

Spotlight on Women Who Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / August 10, 2017

Women Who Conquer Cancer is a group dedicated to advancing cancer research by supporting young women researchers early in their careers through Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Awards (YIAs). These 1-year grants give promising researchers the boost they need to get started on t...

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

Hilary Adams, ASCO  / August 10, 2017

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...

Practice Engagement Program Connects Practices to Resources to Adapt to Health-Care Changes

ASCO  / August 10, 2017

ASCO launched its Practice Engagement Program to help administrators, physicians, and other members of the care team navigate ASCO tools, programs, and resources available to help oncology practices respond to the changes occurring in the cancer care delivery system.  The Practice Engagement Progra...

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Participate in the 2017 ASCO Practice Census

ASCO  / August 10, 2017

There is less than 1 month left to participate in this year’s ASCO Practice Census— the only annual survey of the entire U.S. oncology practice community that aims to identify changes in cancer care and oncology practice over time. It is crucial that practices in all settings across the United State...

ASCO Resource to Help Your Patients Quit Tobacco

ASCO  / August 10, 2017

ASCO’s patient booklet Stopping Tobacco Use After a Cancer Diagnosis offers people with cancer and their caregivers information on why and how to quit tobacco use. With information on available treatments and resources, this booklet gives patients the practical tools to work with their health-care t...

The Art of Networking: Advice for the Oncologist-in-Training

Graham T. Watson, MD  / July 25, 2017

It was Friday night of the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago. I planned to meet a friend, another 2nd-year heme-onc fellow, at a “free drink thing,” as she called it. I sheepishly entered the hotel bar, made a nametag at the insistence of the greeter, and started edging my way through the cro...

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

Laura Leavit, JD; Courtney Davis; Patricia Hurley, MS; and Julie Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO  / July 25, 2017

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 recogn...

Register Now for QOPI® QCDR for 2017 CMS MIPS Reporting: One Patient, One Measure, No Penalty

ASCO  / July 25, 2017

ASCO is pleased to announce that its Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) is available now for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting. By using the QOPI® QCDR for MIPS reporting, pract...

Key Leadership in Place in Trump Administration

ASCO  / July 25, 2017

IN JUNE 2017, President Trump installed the final member of his cancer care leadership team, Norman “Ned” Sharpless, MD, who will serve as the Director of the National Cancer Institute. Director Sharpless is an accomplished researcher with experience leading a wide range of clinical and translationa...

Proposed 2018 QPP Rule Adds Flexibility, but Questions on Medicare Part B Drugs Provision Remain

ASCO  / July 25, 2017

THE CENTERS for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule outlining changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2018. ASCO is encouraged by the flexibility added to QPP in the proposal, which includes an extended transition period through the end of 2018 for both the Mer...

Caregivers Have an Essential Role in Cancer Care. Help Them Be Prepared.

ASCO  / July 25, 2017

CANCER.NET offers caregiving tools and resources designed specifically for caregivers who are supporting someone with cancer. ASCO Answers Guide to Caregiving includes advice for talking with family and the health-care team, trackers for symptoms and medications, and more. Order this guide for you...

ASCO’s TAPUR Study Continues Its Expansion of Sites, Participants, and Collaborators

ASCO  / July 10, 2017

ASCO’s Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study continues to expand and now has more than 300 participants enrolled on study drugs, more than 100 sites in 20 states, new partnerships, and a -revised protocol to lower the age of eligibility. Recently, eight new centers in 36 l...

ASCO’s New MACRA Decision Tree Tool Helps Determine Which QPP Reporting Requirements Apply to Your Practice

ASCO  / July 10, 2017

Believe it or not, we’re halfway through the 1st year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). ASCO, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and other stakeholders have released guidance on successfully complying with QPP, but tailored information addressing a practice’s specific circum...

Stay Up to Date on New Patient Materials From Cancer.Net

ASCO  / July 10, 2017

Encourage your patients to use social media to stay up to date with new resources available on Cancer.Net.  It is easier than ever for patients to get the latest cancer information on their computer or mobile device by reading the Cancer.Net blog (www.cancer.net/blog) or following Cancer.Net on Fa...

A Great IDEA: Celebrating 15 Years of the International Development and Education Award

ASCO  / July 10, 2017

In 2017, ASCO and the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO are proud to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the International Development and Education Award (IDEA). The IDEA program supports the professional development of early-career oncologists in low- and middle-income countries around the world.  ...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Supriya Mohile

ASCO  / July 10, 2017

SUPRIYA MOHILE, MD, MS Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of the Geriatric Oncology Clinic University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, New York Older adults are the population most affected by cancer: 60% of all cancer occurs in this group. Yet the field of oncology that focuses...

Cancer Research Grant Opportunities for Early-Career and Junior Faculty Researchers

ASCO  / July 10, 2017

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Young Investigator Award (YIA) and Career Development Award (CDA). Young Investigator Award (YIA) A 1-year grant totaling $50,000, the YIA provides research funding to promising physicians to support the trans...

ASCO University “Business of Health Care Fundamentals” Course: Education for the Complete Care Team

ASCO  / June 25, 2017

As the economics and management of health care change, it has become essential for the clinician to evolve as well in order to navigate these changing waters.  Whether you are a medical student, a senior oncologist, or an advanced practice provider, the necessity is the same: understanding the basi...

Early Symptom Reporting Can Extend Life for Patients With Advanced Cancer

ASCO  / June 25, 2017

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 communic...

Promoting Physician Wellness: An Overview of ASCO Initiatives

Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD  / June 25, 2017

Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Director of Medical Oncology, Assistant Dean for Cancer Research, Emory University School of Medicine; Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research, Deputy Director, Winship Cancer Institute ASCO Member since...

Direct Your Patients to Cancer.Net to Watch Patient-Friendly Videos

ASCO  / June 25, 2017

Check out some of the newest Cancer.Net patient-friendly videos produced by ASCO. These videos give people with cancer and their families and friends an additional option for receiving oncologist-approved information.  New topics include an introduction to prostate cancer, early-stage breast canc...

ASCO Launches CENTRA: A New Hub for Cancer Care Research, Data, and Analysis

ASCO  / June 25, 2017

ASCO has announced the launch of its Center for Research & Analytics (CENTRA), which aims to make an array of cancer data available to the oncology community and provide consultation and support for research and analysis. To help guide the program, ASCO has appointed Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, PhD...

ASCO Comments on Interchangeability of Biosimilars

ASCO  / June 25, 2017

ASCO submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the agency’s proposed guidance for industry on demonstrating the interchangeability of biosimilars with a reference product. The Society reiterated its strongly held position that physicians and patients should have the abilit...

President’s Budget Threatens Nation’s Progress Against Cancer

ASCO  / June 25, 2017

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 ...

Wendy S. Rubinstein, MD, PhD, FACMG, FACP, Joins CancerLinQ LLC as Division Director, Clinical Data Management and Curation

ASCO  / June 10, 2017

CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of ASCO, has -announced that Wendy S. Rubinstein, MD, PhD, FACMG, FACP, will be its first Division Director, Clinical Data Management and Curation.  Dr. Rubinstein will oversee the team working to securely process and analyze the -CancerLinQ®...

Leave a Legacy of Hope

ASCO  / June 10, 2017

By including a planned gift to the Conquer Cancer Foundation in your estate plans, you can help make a dramatic difference for cancer patients years—even decades—into the future. With just one small change to your will or trust, your planned gift of any size will deliver a big impact, and:  Yo...

ASCO Resources Help Practices Navigate Quality Reporting Under MACRA

ASCO  / June 10, 2017

The Quality Payment Program (QPP), established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), launched this January and is being implemented in oncology practices across the country. In 2017, practices must report some quality data in order to avoid financial penalties in 2019. ASCO is...

Help Your Patients Catch Up on the Latest Research From the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / June 10, 2017

On the Cancer.Net blog (www.cancer.net/blog), your patients can learn about the research highlighted at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting, including what it means for their care and treatment. They can also follow the blog for additional updates from the Meeting, including podcasts with ASCO experts disc...

Issues in Oncology
Survivorship

Proposed Categories of Cancer Survivors Aim to Bring Survivorship Into Precision Medicine Era

Virginia Anderson, Managing Editor, ASCO Connection  / June 10, 2017

Care for people who have survived or are living with cancer should acknowledge the heterogeneity of their needs and experiences and should reflect the same level of personalization that is now guiding active cancer therapy. At a time when more people are surviving cancer than ever before, ...

Issues in Oncology

ASCO COME HOME Offers Direct Support to Practices Transitioning to Quality Payment Program

ASCO  / June 10, 2017

ASCO is making it easier for practices to understand and prepare for the transition to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in the years ahead with its ASCO COME HOME initiative. ASCO COME HOME provides readiness assessment tools to help practices evaluate whether or not they are ready to transition e...

ASCO Launches Volunteer Corps

ASCO  / June 10, 2017

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 capa...

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

ASCO  / May 25, 2017

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 mi...

4 Reasons to Use Social Media at the ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / May 25, 2017

Join the discussion: Use #ASCO17 on Twitter to follow and participate in the Annual Meeting conversation in real time. During this past year’s Annual Meeting, more than 16,000 health-care professionals, researchers, news outlets, patients, advocates, and other participants sent nearly 70,000 tweet...

New ASCO Answers Fact Sheets for Your Patients

ASCO  / May 25, 2017

The ASCO Answers chemobrain fact sheet helps patients understand and manage the cognitive side effects of chemotherapy. Patients will learn about the causes, symptoms, management, and treatment of “chemobrain.” The ASCO Answers diarrhea fact sheet helps patients understand the causes and risks of d...

Enhance Your Annual Meeting Experience With Attendee Resources

ASCO  / May 25, 2017

Next month, more than 30,000 oncology professionals will gather in -Chicago for the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting. This year’s theme, “Making a Difference in Cancer Care WITH YOU,” speaks to driving advances in cancer care and treatment through teamwork among clinicians, researchers, educators, and every...

ASCO’s New Strategic Plan for Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Oncology Workforce

ASCO  / May 25, 2017

The hematology/oncology workforce continues to struggle with adequate representation of racial and ethnic minorities. To promote the development of an oncology workforce that reflects the demographics of the population it serves, ASCO has introduced its Strategic Plan for Increasing Racial & Eth...

ASCO Wants to Hear From Your Practice—Take Part in the 2017 ASCO Practice Census

ASCO  / May 25, 2017

Encourage your practice to participate in the 2017 ASCO Practice Census—the only annual survey of the entire U.S. oncology practice community that aims to capture and describe changes in cancer care and oncology practice over time. The data and insights obtained from the Practice Census are chronicl...

Donor Spotlight: Conquering Cancer With Kelly Cares Foundation

ASCO  / May 10, 2017

Kelly Cares Foundation recently became one of the newest supporters of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Awards, the flagship program begun in 1984 to support early-career cancer researchers. The mission of Kelly Cares Foundation is to inspire hope by investing resources to im...

Support the Conquer Cancer Foundation at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / May 10, 2017

Lace Up to Conquer Cancer The ASCO Annual Meeting involves a lot of walking—wear comfortable shoes and show your support for cancer research by participating in the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) Laces campaign. Make a donation to CCF when you register for the 2017 Annual Meeting, and you will rec...

QOPI® Certification Program Certifies First Practice in Brazil

ASCO  / May 10, 2017

On April 5, ASCO announced that Instituto de Oncologia do Vale (IOV) was the first practice in Brazil to receive Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) certification through the QOPI Certification Program, LLC (QCP). IOV is the second international practice to achieve this milestone in demonst...

Social Media: A Knowledge-Sharing Tool in Oncology

ASCO  / May 10, 2017

Social media is a uniquely positioned platform that can spread specific knowledge to a larger audience. Unlike traditional media, it allows anyone to join the conversation, and according to the Pew Research Center, it is here to stay, with 79% of online American adults using Facebook and 24% using T...

ASCO Selects 2017–2018 Health Policy Fellows

ASCO  / May 10, 2017

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 2nd year. The fellowship provides early-career oncologists the skills they need to monitor and shape the regulatory and leg...

Register Today for the ASCO Research Community Forum 2017 Annual Meeting

ASCO  / May 10, 2017

Registration is now open for the ASCO Research Community Forum 2017 Annual Meeting. Join fellow physician investigators and research staff from across the country for this unique meeting focused on sharing best practices for effectively conducting and managing clinical research and developing soluti...

ASCO Answers Palliative Care: A Resource for Patients

ASCO  / May 10, 2017

The ASCO Answers Palliative Care booklet shows how palliative care is used to manage symptoms and side effects; help with practical concerns; address spiritual questions; and support caregivers, family, and friends. Readers will find: Practical advice on how to access palliative care services Qu...

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

ASCO  / April 25, 2017

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 ...

MACRA Implementation Has Begun: Will You Avoid a 4% Reimbursement Penalty?

ASCO  / April 25, 2017

As most oncology professionals know, the Quality Payment Program (QPP), established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), began on January 1, 2017—but did you know that 2017 is a transition year, meaning you can “Pick Your Pace” when implementing QPP in your practice? “Pick Y...

New ASCO Answers Managing Cancer-Related Pain Booklet for Your Patients

ASCO  / April 25, 2017

In this new booklet, patients and their caregivers explore the topic of cancer-related pain relief, including its causes, how it is diagnosed, and types of relief strategies. Pain medications are covered extensively, including:  Types of medications  Safe handling  Common concerns Managing ...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Recognizes Global Oncology Researchers With International Innovation Grant

ASCO  / April 25, 2017

The Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) of ASCO recently announced the recipients of its 2017 International Innovation Grant. The 1-year grant of up to $20,000, given directly to each awardee’s nonprofit organization or government agency, funds research projects aimed at improving cancer care in low- an...

Research Reveals New Treatment Possibilities for Prostate Cancer

ASCO  / April 25, 2017

Not all cancer research will result in a positive outcome for patients, but all research does provide information that continues to advance the treatment of cancer care. Recent clinical trials, including one funded in part by the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) of ASCO, show that most prostate canc...

New Study Finds Global Smoking Rates on Decline but Shows More Work Is Still Needed

ASCO  / April 25, 2017

On March 21, 2017, Gravely et al published a study1 in Lancet Public Health on the 2003 global tobacco control treaty’s impact on the adoption of tobacco-reduction measures around the world, which has led to a 2.5% reduction in global smoking rates. The treaty obligates the 180 countries committed t...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Honors 65 Young Oncology Professionals With Merit Awards

ASCO  / April 10, 2017

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (CCF) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 CCF Merit Awards in Gastrointestinal Cancers, Cancer Survivorship, Genitourinary Cancers, Immuno-Oncology, and Quality Care. The following 65 young researchers, recognized for the scientific merit of their ...

ASCO Asks Congress to Prioritize Federal Research Funding in FY18

ASCO  / April 10, 2017

In written testimony submitted to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education recently, ASCO asked Congress to increase federal support for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot Initiative in fiscal year 2018 (FY18). Specificall...

Leading Oncology Professional Societies Launch CancerLinQ® Ambassadors Program

ASCO  / April 10, 2017

CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of ASCO, and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) have recently formed the CancerLinQ® Ambassadors Program. This new collaboration is a national practice engagement initiative that will provide on-the-ground support and guidance to CancerLinQ partici...

ASCO Congratulates Seema Verma on Confirmation as CMS Administrator

ASCO  / April 10, 2017

“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 Medica...

Updated: Cancer.Net Mobile App for Your Patients

ASCO  / April 10, 2017

Tell your patients about Cancer.Net’s award-winning mobile app! Recently updated, the newest version features a redesigned dashboard offering easy access to oncologist-approved information and saved data, enhanced symptom tracking, filtering capabilities, and calendar integration—plus all the sam...

ASCO Launches Its New Journal Dedicated to Informatics

ASCO  / March 25, 2017

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 bri...

ASCO Research Community Forum Offers Tools, Resources to Support Cancer Research Sites

ASCO  / March 25, 2017

As part of ASCO’s efforts to support cancer researchers and research sites, the ASCO Research Community Forum was created in 2010 to help physician investigators and research staff overcome common barriers to conducting research and enhance their research-site operations. The Forum is a go-to resour...

New ASCO Answers Fact Sheets on MDS, Bone Marrow Transplant for Your Practice

ASCO  / March 25, 2017

Be sure to check out new ASCO Answers fact sheets on myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and understanding bone marrow transplantation at Cancer.Net. These 1-page (front and back) introductions include an overview, illustrations, terms to know, and questions to ask the doctor. Find these and a library of...

An Evening for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers: Bringing Together a Community of Support

Virginia Anderson, Managing Editor of ASCO Connection  / March 25, 2017

On January 26, 2017—prior to the official opening of the 2nd Annual Cancer Survivorship Symposium—cancer survivors, caregivers, patient advocates, family physicians, oncology providers, and others gathered in San Diego, California, to make connections, discuss survivorship issues, and get expert ans...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Conquerors Circle Donors

ASCO  / March 25, 2017

The Conquerors Circle is the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s first-ever donor appreciation society. Donors who contribute $1,000 annually are members of the Conquerors Circle. In appreciation for their generous and loyal support of the Conquer Cancer Foundation, Conquerors Circle members receive excl...

Guidelines Planned on Management of Immunotherapy Side Effects: ASCO and NCCN to Collaborate on Development

ASCO  / March 25, 2017

Given the pace of advances in immunotherapy in recent years and physicians’ need to keep up with these developments, ASCO and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) have announced a joint collaboration to publish practical clinical guidance on the management of side effects caused by imm...

Close to Home: Dr. Rick Boulay’s Experience With Cancer Survivorship and Caregiving

Hilary Adams, Staff Writer  / March 10, 2017

Richard ‘Rick’ Boulay, MDChief of Gynecologic Oncology Institution: Lehigh Valley Health Network Member since: 2016 Three years ago, Richard ‘Rick’ ­Boulay, MD, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Lehigh Valley Health Network, walked onto the stage at ­TEDx Lehigh River and confronted his audien...

Clinical Practice Committee, State Affiliate Council Support Innovative Clinical Research—And So Can You

ASCO  / March 10, 2017

ASCO’s Clinical Practice Committee (CPC) and State Affiliate Council (SAC) have a history of supporting the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (CCF) Young Investigator Award (YIA) program. Individual members of the Clinical Practice Committee and State Affiliate Council, as well as ASCO State Affil...

University of Virginia Cancer Center Joins CancerLinQ® as Participating Practice

ASCO  / March 10, 2017

CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of ASCO, has announced that the University of Virginia Cancer Center has signed an agreement to participate in the CancerLinQ ® platform. “As CancerLinQ ® continues to rapidly grow, we are thrilled to have the University of Virginia Cancer Ce...

ASCO’s Patient Resources for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

ASCO  / March 10, 2017

Stock your practice with ASCO resources for your patients during March, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Visit ASCO’s patient information website, Cancer.Net, for a comprehensive guide to colorectal cancer as well as a shorter, one-page colorectal cancer fact sheet. You will also find specialized ...

Spotlight: ASCO Clinical Affairs

ASCO  / March 10, 2017

ASCO is working—through research, education, and promotion of the highest quality patient care—toward a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. With the goal of ensuring that all patients receive the high-quality care they expect and deserve, ASCO is committed to hel...

ASCO Urges Lawmakers to Fund Cancer Research on Capitol Hill

ASCO  / March 10, 2017

The importance of a strong federal investment in cancer research was front and center at ASCO’s congressional briefing this past month, where the Society presented Clinical Cancer Advances 2017: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer. In addition to announcing the top cancer advance of the ...

ASCO Submits Comments on NIH Data-Sharing Request for Information

ASCO  / February 25, 2017

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-sharin...

Spotlight on Women Who Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / February 25, 2017

Women Who Conquer Cancer is a group dedicated to advancing cancer research by supporting young women researchers early in their careers through the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Awards. These 1-year grants give promising researchers the boost they need to get started on the pa...

ASCO Collaborates With Health-Care Provider Organizations on Study of Advanced Practice Providers

ASCO  / February 25, 2017

For the first time, five health-care provider organizations are partnering to conduct a survey to better understand the specific roles and responsibilities that advanced practice providers have on the cancer care team. The survey is a joint effort by ASCO; the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hemat...

An Introduction to Recognizing and Managing Professional Burnout

ASCO  / February 25, 2017

There’s no getting around it: the practice of oncology can be inherently stressful. First, there’s the workload: compared to other medical specialists, oncologists see a larger number of patients and spend more time with them in face-to-face interactions. It’s not unusual for oncologists to work 60...

Help Your Patients Better Understand Immunotherapy

ASCO  / February 25, 2017

Patients are hearing about immunotherapy in the news, and many want to know more about this treatment option. Hand your patients the ASCO Answers Understanding Immunotherapy Fact Sheet. It provides an overview on this treatment type, information on the different types of immunotherapy and side effec...

CCF Researcher Spotlight: David M. Waterhouse, MD, MPH

ASCO  / February 25, 2017

The Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) is excited to partner with David M. Waterhouse, MD, MPH, of Oncology Hematology Care in Cincinnati, Ohio, to increase awareness for the Foundation’s Campaign to Conquer Cancer. The Conquer Cancer Foundation was proud to support Dr. Waterhouse with a Young Investi...

Growing Leadership Development Program Tasks Participants With Increasing Society Engagement

ASCO  / February 10, 2017

The 2016–2017 ASCO Leadership Development Program recently welcomed 16 new participants to its ranks. The Leadership Development Program is a yearlong program designed to shape future leaders by teaching them valuable leadership skills and providing them with networking and mentorship opportunities ...

ASCO Participates in Final White House Moonshot Event

ASCO  / February 10, 2017

On January 11, representatives from ASCO participated in the final event in the Cancer MoonshotSM “Making Health Care Better” series, which focused on community oncology, at the White House. ASCO community members attending the event, titled “Addressing the Cancer Challenge: Progress in Research, P...

From Azerbaijan to America: An IDEA Recipient’s Experience

Narmin Talibova, MD; National Oncology Center, Azerbaijan  / February 10, 2017

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 ...

Double Your Impact: Donate to the Conquer Cancer Foundation Today

ASCO  / February 10, 2017

If you’ve never given to the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF), now’s the time. An anonymous donor has generously offered to match—dollar for dollar—first-time gifts to CCF. Funds raised through the challenge will be used to support CCF’s vital work, including funding clinical and translational cance...

Tell Your Patients About PRE-ACT

ASCO  / February 10, 2017

The free video-based program, “PReparatory Education About Clinical Trials (PRE-ACT),” helps patients and their caregivers learn about clinical trials and address barriers to participation. Direct your patients to cancer.net/preact to learn more about this online resource. Also, visit cancer.net/blo...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Hosts Successful Scientific and Career Development Retreat

ASCO  / February 10, 2017

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...

ASCO Releases Principles for Patient-Centered Health-Care Reform

ASCO  / February 10, 2017

ASCO has released “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 the c...

ASCO, AMP, and CAP Issue New Joint Guidelines to Standardize Interpretation and Reporting of Sequence Variants in Cancer

ASCO  / January 25, 2017

On December 16, a set of joint guidelines developed by ASCO, the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) on standardizing the interpretation and reporting of sequence variants in cancer was published online, ahead of the January print issue of The Jo...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Researcher Spotlight: Vamsidhar Velcheti, MD

ASCO  / January 25, 2017

What if more patients with lung cancer could benefit from immunotherapy? Although progress in this area of research is exciting, unfortunately, a vast majority of patients with thoracic malignancies do not respond to this pioneering form of treatment. Vamsidhar Velcheti, MD, Assistant Professor...

World Cancer Day, The Campaign to Conquer Cancer, and Collaboration

ASCO  / January 25, 2017

Each year on February 4, people around the world come together to celebrate World Cancer Day. Founded in 2008 by the Union for International Cancer Control, World Cancer Day strives to raise awareness of and education about cancer as well as to encourage governments and individuals to take action. H...

Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, Elected ASCO President for 2018–2019 Term

ASCO  / January 25, 2017

Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, a long-time member and volunteer, has been elected to serve as President of ASCO for the term beginning in June 2018. She will take office as President-Elect during the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago in June 2017. Additionally, three new members were elected to the AS...

ASCO Comments on Final MACRA Implementation Rule

ASCO  / January 25, 2017

ASCO submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the agency’s final rule detailing the Quality Payment Program, which, under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), changes the way physicians are reimbursed for services provided under Medicare Pa...

ASCO Launches First Journal Dedicated to Precision Oncology

ASCO  / January 25, 2017

ASCO has launched a new journal dedicated to precision oncology, JCO Precision Oncology (JCO PO). JCO PO features original clinical research, scientific reviews, and editorials on genomics. James M. Ford, MD, the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, said JCO PO offers precision oncologists a place to publi...

ASCO Launches JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics

ASCO  / January 25, 2017

JCO Clinical Care Informatics (JCO CCI) will be the first ASCO journal devoted to applications of biomedical informatics to cancer care. Debra Patt, MD, MPH, MBA, the Editor-in-Chief of JCO CCI, understands how important biomedical informatics research is to the oncology field. Dr. Patt coauthore...

Highlights From the 2017 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium and Cancer Survivorship Symposium

ASCO  / January 25, 2017

The 2017 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium was held from January 19–21. Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/blog to read about the recent findings in esophageal and colorectal cancers. In addition, the Cancer Survivorship Symposium is being held from January 27–28. Visit the Cancer.Net blog t...

Women in Oncology: Breaking Down Barriers and Looking to the Future

ASCO  / December 25, 2016

There has been no better time than the present for women in the field of oncology: Women at all stages of their careers are finding more opportunities and avenues to excel. At the time of the last ASCO workforce survey, women made up 28.4% of the oncologist workforce, and that proportion is rising e...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Matching Gift Challenge Offers Chance to Double Your Impact

ASCO  / December 25, 2016

The Conquer Cancer Foundation has an incredible opportunity for you to make an amazing impact! An anonymous donor is offering a Matching Gift Challenge, which will double the value of every gift we receive by December 31—dollar for dollar—up to $64,000! This amount is enough to fund one of our mo...

ASCO and New Presidential Administration, Congress: Advancing Patient-Focused Cancer Policies

ASCO  / December 25, 2016

The results of every Presidential election offer both challenges and opportunities for ASCO’s advocacy efforts. ASCO’s mission is to help practices and patients with cancer thrive—in every setting and in every community. Through each administration and Congress, the Society works closely with policy...

ASCO and ONS Release Updated Chemotherapy Administration Standards to Include Pediatric Oncology Care

ASCO  / December 25, 2016

ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) have updated their chemotherapy administration safety standards to include pediatric oncology care. The updated standards can be found in the Journal of Oncology Practice.1 In 2009, ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society published the initial set of standa...

Cancer.Net Resource Helps Patients Manage Cancer Costs

ASCO  / December 25, 2016

Help your patients manage the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis with Cancer.Net’s Managing the Cost of Cancer Care booklet. This booklet provides information on key financial categories for cancer care; an easy-to-understand explanation of health insurance coverage; information about the Affo...

Kidney Cancer

A Decade of Impact: Conquer Cancer Foundation/Kidney Cancer Association Young Investigator Awards

ASCO  / December 10, 2016

   The Kidney Cancer Association has supported 12 kidney cancer research projects through the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Award (YIA) program over the past decade. Early seed funding from the Kidney Cancer Association is advancing resear...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Priscilla Brastianos

ASCO  / December 10, 2016

Priscilla Brastianos, MDDirector, Central Nervous System Metastasis ProgramMassachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Harvard Medical School, BostonMetastatic brain cancer People are inspired to pursue careers in cancer research for any number of reasons: They might like the challenging nat...

Double Your Impact During the Conquer Cancer Foundation Matching Gift Challenge

ASCO  / December 10, 2016

We have an incredible opportunity for you to make an amazing impact at the Conquer Cancer Foundation! An anonymous donor is offering a Matching Gift Challenge, which will double the value of every gift we receive by December 31—dollar for dollar—up to $64,000! This amount is enough to fund one of...

ASCO’s TAPUR Study Now Has More Than 100 Participants Receiving Treatment Drugs and 25 New Clinical Trial Sites

ASCO  / December 10, 2016

More than 100 participants are now enrolled on study drug in ASCO’s Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study. The trial launched in March 2016 at 37 sites, and in November, it welcomed its newest participating clinical sites: Cancer Treatment Centers of America®, Intermountain...

Team-Based Cancer Care Explored in Special Series of Journal of Oncology Practice

ASCO  / December 10, 2016

The Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) published a special series in its November issue representing the results of a unique project launched in 2014 by ASCO and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to heighten awareness of ways to enhance team-based care in oncology. Concerns about clinician burnout...

Complete the Free PQRS Reporting Available Through QOPI® by December 31 to Avoid a 2% Medicare Reimbursement Cut in 2018

ASCO  / December 10, 2016

In September 2016, ASCO announced its latest offering to oncology practices: the ability to complete all Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements through the user-friendly Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) platform at no cost. By completing the PQRS module by December 31, 20...

Tell Your Patients About ASCO’S Award-Winning Cancer.Net Mobile App

ASCO  / December 10, 2016

Put trusted, oncologist-approved cancer information in the hands of your patients and their caregivers with Cancer.Net Mobile. This award-winning app helps patients plan and manage their cancer care. The newest version of Cancer.Net Mobile is optimized for the latest iOS versions and offers an al...

Palliative Care

Research Highlights From the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium

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More than 650 attendees gathered in San Francisco on September 9 and 10 for the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, focusing on the theme of “Patient-Centered Care Across the Cancer Continuum.” Research presented during the Symposium demonstrated how integrating palliative care into cancer c...

Legislation
Health-Care Policy

Apply for ASCO Health Policy Fellowship to Improve Skills Needed to Shape Cancer Policy

ASCO  / November 25, 2016

ASCO is now accepting applications for its prestigious Health Policy Fellowship, a 1-year fellowship opportunity designed to give early-career oncologists the unique skills necessary to monitor and shape the regulatory and legislative policies that directly affect the practice environment and impact...

A Note of Thanks From the Conquer Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / November 25, 2016

Dear Friends: Each year, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (CCF) Grants and Awards Ceremony is one of the highlights of the ASCO Annual Meeting. While most of the week in Chicago is packed with meetings, events, and presentations, the Grants and Awards Ceremony is a time for everyone to stop,...

CancerLinQ™ Platform Hits Milestone of Having More Than 1 Million Patient Records in System

ASCO  / November 25, 2016

CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit of ASCO, has announced that more than 1 million patient records are now in the ­CancerLinQ™ platform. In addition, 70 practices have signed agreements to participate in CancerLinQ™, representing more than 1,500 oncologists. “We are excited to reach this mile...

Plan Ahead for the Holidays With the Conquer Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / November 25, 2016

Share the message of hope, strength, and a world free from the fear of cancer with greeting cards and eCertificates from the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF). In appreciation of your gift, CCF will mail or ship greeting cards, or e-mail eCertificates. Cards and eCertificates feature artwork created...

ASCO Quality Improvement Grant Spotlight: The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care

ASCO  / November 25, 2016

In 2016 and 2017, a team from The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care (RLCCC) is participating in an ASCO Quality Improvement Grant program, which is supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The grant program aims to improve the delivery of cancer care in medically underserved communities ...

ASCO Answers Fact Sheets for Your Patients

ASCO  / November 25, 2016

Be sure to check out Cancer.Net’s updated ASCO Answers fact sheets on brain tumors; chronic lymphocytic leukemia; ovarian, fallopian tube, and peritoneal cancers; and oral and oropharyngeal cancers. These one-page (front and back) introductions include an overview of the disease, illustrations, te...

Interviews With ASCO’s President-Elect Candidates

ASCO  / November 10, 2016

ASCO Connection: Why do you want to serve as ASCO President? Monica Bertagnolli: Serving as ASCO President is a tremendous personal honor for anyone in the field of oncology. Much more importantly, it is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference by providing a strong voice in the hea...

ASCO Announces Candidates for 2017 Election

ASCO  / November 10, 2016

Twelve distinguished ASCO members have been selected by the Nominating Committee as candidates for open leadership positions within the Society, including the office of President-Elect, three seats on the Board of Directors, and two seats on the Nominating Committee. Biographical information and in...

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

ASCO  / November 10, 2016

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 Commu...

ASCO’s Quality Training Program Shifts to a Regional Setting; Applications Now Open for 2017

ASCO  / November 10, 2016

On October 17, applications opened for ASCO’s 2017 Quality Training Program. For 2017, the program, which began 3 years ago, is shifting its model of in-person sessions at ASCO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, to regional settings. The program is designed to train oncology health-care providers...

ASCO Introduces Two New Journals: JCO Precision Oncology and JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics

ASCO  / November 10, 2016

ASCO is excited to launch two new online-only journals, JCO Precision Oncology (JCO PO) and JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics (JCO CCI). Both journals will be exploring the latest topics in oncology and filling a void for the oncology community. Manuscripts will go through the traditional peer-review ...

Conquer Cancer Foundation’s International Programs

ASCO  / November 10, 2016

Did you know the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (CCF) has provided funding for cancer research in 68 countries? In more than 33 years, over 1,700 grants and awards totaling $105 million have been given out by CCF worldwide. CCF grants and awards support clinical and translational cancer research...

Use Social Media to Stay Up-to-Date on New Patient Materials From Cancer.Net

ASCO  / November 10, 2016

Encourage your patients to use social media for details on the newest resources available on Cancer.Net. It is easier than ever for patients to get the latest cancer information on their computer or mobile device by subscribing to the Cancer.Net Blog at www.cancer.net/blog or on Cancer.Net’s Faceb...

Free PQRS Reporting Now Available Through QOPI®; No Additional Reporting Required

ASCO  / October 25, 2016

ASCO is pleased to announce that oncology practices can now complete all of their Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)1 requirements through the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) platform. All users will be able to use the QOPI system to fulfill the Oncology Measures Group set of 7 m...

ASCO Presents First-Ever ASCO Congressional Leadership Award to Representative Michael Burgess, MD

ASCO  / October 25, 2016

ASCO presented Representative Michael Burgess, MD (TX-26) with the Society’s first-ever ASCO Congressional Leadership Award to recognize his steadfast work to advance policies that support cancer research and treatment. This new, annual award honors a Member of Congress who is a dedicated champ...

New Member Categories Provide Specialized Support to Cancer Care Team Members

ASCO  / October 25, 2016

As part of ASCO’s ongoing effort to fully support all members of the cancer care team, it recently created three new member categories: Advanced Practice Providers, Practice Administrators, and Patient Advocates (see sidebar). Originally part of the Affiliated Health Professionals member category,...

Arti Hurria, MD: From Leadership Development Program to Board of Directors

ASCO  / October 25, 2016

Arti Hurria, MD, a geriatric oncologist at City of Hope in Duarte, California, is the first graduate of ASCO’s Leadership Development Program to be elected to ASCO’s Board of Directors. Within 5 years of completing the program, Dr. Hurria went from learning leadership skills to applying them to...

Leave a Legacy of Hope

ASCO  / October 25, 2016

By including a planned gift to the Conquer Cancer Foundation in your estate plans, you can help make a dramatic difference for cancer patients years—even decades—into the future. With just one small change to your will or trust, your planned gift of any size will deliver a big impact, and: Your ...

ASCO Answers Palliative Care: A Resource for Patients

ASCO  / October 25, 2016

ASCO Answers Palliative Care is an informative booklet that shows how palliative care is used to manage symptoms and side effects; help with practical concerns; address spiritual questions; and support family, friends, and caregivers at any stage of cancer. It also gives practical advice about ...

When Breath Becomes Air: Dr. Lucy Kalanithi Reflects on Dr. Paul Kalanithi’s Life and Writing

ASCO  / October 25, 2016

Perhaps more than any other book in recent memory, When Breath Becomes Air has struck a chord among readers, both inside the medical community and among the public, desiring an honest and philosophical consideration of death. The autobiographical account of Paul Kalanithi, MD, a physician diagnosed...

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

ASCO  / October 10, 2016

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 Medic...

CCF Conquerors Circle Recognizes Donors

ASCO  / October 10, 2016

The Conquerors Circle is the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s (CCF) first-ever donor appreciation society. Donors who contribute $1,000 annually are members of the Conquerors Circle. In appreciation for their generous and loyal support of CCF, Conquerors Circle members receive exclusive benefits ba...

ASCO International Course Helps Ethiopia Realize Its Goal of Improving Cancer Care

Joanne E. Mortimer, MD  / October 10, 2016

Ethiopia, similar to other African countries, has a significant shortage of physicians. Currently, there are 0.3 physicians for every 100,000 people, a rate that is substantially lower than the 2 physicians per 100,000 people found in the rest of Africa. This year, the First Lady of Ethiopia, R...

Are You Ready for MACRA? ASCO Offers Educational Resources and Events to Help Practices Prepare

ASCO  / October 10, 2016

There are only a few months to go before program changes go into effect under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) on January 1, 2017. MACRA was enacted more than a year ago to replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for updates to the Medicare physician fee schedule, and it ...

Advanced Cancer Care Planning Booklet for Your Patients and Caregivers

ASCO  / October 10, 2016

The ASCO Answers Advanced Cancer Care Planning booklet contains comprehensive information about how patients can communicate directly and honestly about advanced cancer and end-of-life care with friends, family, children, and the health-care team. Featured content includes: Thorough descriptions ...

ASCO Supports Recent Tobacco Legislation

ASCO  / October 10, 2016

On August 8, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rule giving the agency the authority to regulate e-cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, and pipe tobacco took effect. In May, ASCO applauded the FDA for exercising its congressionally mandated authority to regulate e-cigarettes as a crucial step in...

ASCO Recommends ‘Quick Wins’ for National Cancer Moonshot

ASCO  / October 10, 2016

Last month, ASCO recommended to Vice President Joe Biden several immediate and practical actions the Cancer Moonshot Initiative could take during the remainder of his term in the White House—steps that could make a lasting impact in the effort to discover new cancer treatments. ASCO’s recommendatio...

ASCO Continues Active Involvement in Cancer Moonshot

ASCO  / September 25, 2016

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 wit...

ASCO Members Advocate for Key Cancer Care Priorities at Home and on Capitol Hill

ASCO  / September 25, 2016

This summer, ASCO members continued their efforts to advocate for key issues that are critical to cancer care. ASCO members are uniquely qualified to communicate with Congress about effective policies for the treatment of patients with cancer and the research that drives scientific breakthroughs. C...

Order Cancer.Net Fact Sheets for Your Practice

ASCO  / September 25, 2016

Be sure to check out Cancer.Net’s ASCO Answers fact sheets on a variety of topics, including tests and procedures, types of treatment, side effects, and more than 25 cancer types. These one-page (front and back) introductions include an overview, illustrations, terms to know, and questions to ask th...

Cancer Survivorship Symposium Brings Together Oncologists and Primary Care Providers to Improve Patient Care

ASCO  / September 25, 2016

Significant advances in cancer care and treatment have led to a steady increase in survivorship—currently, more than 15.5 million cancer survivors are living in the United States. This number is only expected to grow, with an estimate of more than 20 million American cancer survivors in 2026.1 A sus...

ASCO and AAHPM Joint Statement Provides Guidance on Defining and Providing High-Quality Palliative Care

ASCO  / September 25, 2016

On August 16, the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) published a joint guidance statement from ASCO and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) regarding high-quality palliative care as delivered directly by medical oncology practices themselves.  ASCO has long recommended i...

Researcher Spotlight: Conquering Cancer With Dr. Effinger

ASCO  / September 25, 2016

When it comes to pediatric cancer, there are so many signs of hope, starting with the fact that the childhood cancer 5-year survival rate has climbed all the way up to 83%. But while we celebrate the victories of all these children over cancer, little is known about the long-term hea...

ASCO Announces 14 Practices Participating in the 2016 Quality Training Program

ASCO  / September 10, 2016

On July 14, ASCO announced the 14 practices participating in the 2016 Quality Training Program. The program is designed to train oncology health-care providers to investigate and implement data-driven quality improvement and manage clinical and administrative processes and outcomes. ...

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

ASCO  / September 10, 2016

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 ...

New Online Tool Available to Assess the Quality of Your Research Program

ASCO  / September 10, 2016

Take advantage of the new online version of the ASCO Research Program Quality Assessment Tool, which was developed by the ASCO Research Community Forum to help research sites establish or enhance their internal quality assessment program. The online tool makes it easier than ever for users to gauge ...

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

ASCO  / September 10, 2016

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 o...

ASCO University® Essentials Subscription Now Provided to CancerLinQTM Practices

ASCO  / September 10, 2016

CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of ASCO, has announced an exciting new benefit for practices participating in CancerLinQ™. Current and future early adopters of CancerLinQ who sign up before ASCO’s 2017 Annual Meeting will receive a complimentary subscription to ASCO University E...

New: ASCO Answers Guide to Small Cell Lung Cancer

ASCO  / September 10, 2016

The new ASCO Answers Guide to Small Cell Lung Cancer can help people better understand their diagnosis and treatment options. Patients will find helpful, ASCO-approved information on treatment, follow-up care, and palliative care. The guide includes questions that patients can ask their health-...

Your Monthly Gift Can Have a Huge Impact

ASCO  / September 10, 2016

By contributing a monthly gift to the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF), you can make a dramatic difference as we work to build a world free from the fear of cancer. An automatic charge to your credit card each month is the easiest way to complete your monthly donation. Secure and convenient, a recur...

ASCO, Conquer Cancer Foundation Congratulate 2016 Grant and Award Recipients

ASCO  / August 25, 2016

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (CCF) presented more than $6.1 million in grants and awards to nearly 250 promising oncology researchers at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting. The Conquer Cancer Foundation and ASCO congratulate the recipients on their contributions to the field of oncology and offer...

ASCO Unveils New Resources for MACRA Transformation

ASCO  / August 25, 2016

Are you ready for MACRA? Believe it or not, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was passed more than a year ago, and program changes begin in less than 6 months (January 1, 2017). MACRA will completely transform Medicare reimbursement and care delivery for oncology prac...

Supporting Cancer Research Through the Conquer Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / August 25, 2016

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO funds the brightest minds in clinical and translational cancer research through its Grants and Awards Program. Since its inception in 1984, the Grants and Awards program has awarded more than $100 million through more than 1,500 grants and awards to at least 65 ...

Weight-Management Resource for Patients

ASCO  / August 25, 2016

ASCO’s booklet Managing Your Weight After a Cancer Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families addresses how being overweight slows recovery and affects survival for patients with cancer. In addition to providing information on different weight-loss methods, this booklet discusses the common ...

ASCO Announces 14 Practices Participating in the 2016 Quality Training Program

ASCO  / August 25, 2016

On July 14, ASCO announced the 14 practices that are participating in the 2016 Quality Training Program. The program is designed to train oncology health-care providers to investigate and implement data-driven quality improvement and manage clinical and administrative processes and outcomes. “One o...

ASCO and CancerLinQ Participated in Landmark Cancer Moonshot Summit

ASCO  / August 10, 2016

ASCO Chief Executive Officer Clifford A. Hudis, MD, ­FASCO, and CancerLinQ LLC Chief Executive Officer Kevin Fitzpatrick attended Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Summit at Howard University on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Along with leaders and stakeholders across the cancer research and car...

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

ASCO  / August 10, 2016

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 ...

Survivorship Resources for Providers and Patients

ASCO  / August 10, 2016

ASCO offers a product that combines provider and patient information about cancer survivorship. Providing High Quality Survivorship Care in Practice: An ASCO Guide aims to assist oncologists and other clinicians with implementing high-quality survivorship care programs within their practice. The top...

Making a Difference in Cancer Care With You: Daniel Hayes’ Presidential Theme

Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO  / August 10, 2016

“Are you a member of ASCO?” I distinctly remember being asked that question in 1984, during my second year as a fellow at what was then the Sidney Farber (now Dana-Farber) Cancer Institute. My first reaction: “What’s an ASCO?” Turned out it was a) the Society that many of my mentors had or would u...

Spotlight on Women Who Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / August 10, 2016

Women Who Conquer Cancer is a group dedicated to advancing cancer research by supporting young women researchers early in their careers through Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Awards (YIAs). These 1-year grants give promising researchers the boost they need to get started on the...

ASCO Resolutions Supported by AMA House of Delegates

ASCO  / July 25, 2016

At the American Medical Association’s (AMA) annual House of Delegates meeting, delegates approved four resolutions submitted by ASCO, demonstrating the entire medical community’s commitment to key cancer care priorities. These resolutions have been incorporated into the AMA’s policy system and will ...

Leave a Legacy of Hope

ASCO  / July 25, 2016

By including a planned gift to the Conquer Cancer Foundation in your estate plans, you can help make a dramatic difference for cancer patients years—even decades—into the future. With just one small change to your will or trust, your planned gift of any size will deliver a big impact, and: Your ...

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

ASCO  / July 25, 2016

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 onc...

ASCO and MECC Sponsor International Palliative Care Workshop in Kazakhstan

ASCO  / July 25, 2016

ASCO recently collaborated with the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC) to provide a 3-day International Palliative Care Workshop in Kazakhstan for health-care professionals, advocates, and volunteers in the former capital of Almaty. Dilyara Kaidarova, MD, PhD, Director of the Almaty Oncology Centr...

ASCO Answers Guide to Caregiving

ASCO  / July 25, 2016

The ASCO Answers: Caregiving guide is designed to help family caregivers better understand their role on the cancer care team. While there is no one way to be a caregiver, people caring for someone with cancer can use this guide to understand how to meet the needs of their loved ones and work throug...

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

ASCO  / July 10, 2016

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 ...

QOPI Certification Program Certifies First International Practice

ASCO  / July 10, 2016

On June 1, 2016, ASCO announced that the Contemporary Oncology Team of Athens, Greece, as part of the new international pilot project, is the first international practice to receive Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) certification through QOPI Certification Program, LLC (QCP). What is QOP...

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

ASCO  / July 10, 2016

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, th...

New: ASCO Answers Guide to Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer

ASCO  / July 10, 2016

The new ASCO Answers Guide to non–small cell lung cancer replaces the previous guide to general lung cancer. It is designed just for patients newly diagnosed with non–small cell lung cancer to help them better understand the disease and their treatment options. It includes information on treatment, ...

Cancer Research Grant Opportunities for Early-Career and Junior Faculty Researchers

ASCO  / July 10, 2016

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (CCF) is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Young Investigator Award (YIA) and Career Development Award (CDA). Young Investigator Award (YIA) A 1-year grant totaling $50,000, the YIA provides research funding to promising physicians to support the t...

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

ASCO  / June 25, 2016

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 w...

Clinical Conversations: Attendee Questions From the Cancer Survivorship Symposium

ASCO  / June 25, 2016

The inaugural Cancer Survivorship Symposium, held in January 2016, drew more than 800 attendees across the cancer-care spectrum—far exceeding the goal of 500 attendees. As a way to continue the discussion from the meeting, several faculty members responded to questions from General Sessions 5 and 6:...

Expanded Content on Geriatric Oncology

ASCO  / June 25, 2016

Cancer.Net has newly updated information specifically for older patients with cancer and is expanding coverage of this segment of cancer care across the site. Direct your patients and their caregivers to cancer.net/olderadults to find articles on aging and cancer, making treatment decisions, and cop...

Meet Thomas G. Roberts, Jr, MD

ASCO  / June 25, 2016

Thomas G. Roberts, Jr, MD, is Managing Member at Farallon Capital Management, LLC and Chair of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Board of Directors and Executive Committee. What led you to oncology prior to your career in finance? TGR: As an intern at Massachusetts General Hospital, I was...

Initiative to Modernize Eligibility Criteria for Clinical Trials Launched

ASCO  / June 25, 2016

ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) have launched a collaborative effort to modernize eligibility criteria to promote greater patient participation in cancer clinical trials. Although it is important for defining the population under study and ensuring patient safety, overly strict eligib...

The ASCO Research Community Forum Is Expanding

ASCO  / June 25, 2016

In 2010, ASCO established the Community Research Forum to support clinical investigators and community-based research sites. Building on the Forum’s success in providing solutions for community-based research programs and the cancer research community at large, ASCO has decided to expand the Forum t...

Vanguard Practices Support Sharing Big Data With CancerLinQ™

ASCO  / June 25, 2016

CancerLinQ LLC, recently announced that it has completed agreements with 36 vanguard oncology practices from around the country to begin implementing the tool. According to physicians at the vanguard practices, gaining access to the experience of oncology practices across the country motivated early...

Lung Cancer Alliance Supports Two Young Investigator Awards

ASCO  / June 10, 2016

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (CCF) has received generous support from Lung Cancer Alliance to fund a 2016 and 2017 Young Investigator Award (YIA) in lung cancer. Lung Cancer Alliance has a more than 20-year history of working to save lives and advance research by empowering those living wit...

ASCO Submits Comments to ONC on Enhanced Oversight of the HIT Certification Program

ASCO  / June 10, 2016

On Monday, May 2, ASCO submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) regarding the proposed Enhanced Oversight of the ONC Health Information Technology (HIT) Certification Program rule. The rule would increase ONC oversight of certified health IT, define a process for addressin...

2016 ASCO Annual Meeting Planning Committees

ASCO  / June 10, 2016

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 expe...

Newly Updated: Resources to Help Your Patients Quit Tobacco

ASCO  / June 10, 2016

Most smokers and other tobacco users want to quit. ASCO’s patient booklet Stopping Tobacco Use After a Cancer Diagnosis offers people with cancer and their caregivers information on tobacco cessation. With information on treatments and resources available, this booklet gives patients the practical t...

ASCO Urges Aggressive Efforts to Increase HPV Vaccination and Prevent Cancer

ASCO  / May 25, 2016

On Monday, April 11, ASCO released a policy statement calling on member oncologists to help lead a push for all adolescents and young adults to be vaccinated against cervical and other cancer. Use of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines should be rapidly expanded to protect thousands of young peop...

Four Reasons to Use Social Media at the ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / May 25, 2016

Join the discussion: Use #ASCO16 on Twitter to follow and participate in the conversation around the Annual Meeting in real time! During last year’s Annual Meeting, more than 12,400 individuals sent over 59,000 tweets, reaching an estimated 262 million people on Twitter. Tweets about the Meeti...

Enhance Your Annual Meeting Experience With Attendee Resources

ASCO  / May 25, 2016

Next month, more than 30,000 oncology professionals will gather in Chicago for the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting. This year’s theme, “Collective Wisdom: The Future of Patient-Centered Care and Research,” highlights the value of the combined knowledge of the global oncology community, spanning across canc...

A Quick Look at the Benefits of HPV Vaccination

ASCO  / May 25, 2016

In the United States, only 36% of girls and 14% of boys ages 11 to 13 are fully vaccinated against HPV. Last month, ASCO addressed this issue in a statement urging aggressive efforts to increase vaccination and prevent cancer. Your patients can quickly learn some facts about this underused form of p...

Donor Spotlight: Gateway for Cancer Research

ASCO  / May 10, 2016

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO is collaborating with Gateway for Cancer Research (Gateway) to fund a 2016 and 2017 Young Investigator Award through the Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants and Awards program.  “Conquer Cancer Foundation is grateful for the generous support from Gateway and delig...

New JOP Articles Highlight the Impact of NCI Programs on Clinical Trial Enrollment

ASCO  / May 10, 2016

Two new original contributions in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) highlight how National Cancer Institute (NCI) programs have impacted clinical trial enrollment. The first1 looked at the pilot phase of the NCI’s Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) and found that trial availability and a...

Interactive, Focused Learning at the ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / May 10, 2016

The ASCO Annual Meeting, which will be held June 3–7, 2016, in Chicago, brings together more than 30,000 oncology professionals from around the world to learn about and discuss the latest therapies, treatment modalities, research, and controversies in the field. Attendees are able to personalize the...

Redesigned ASCO.org Launches With Improved Usability

ASCO  / May 10, 2016

ASCO launched a new and improved website in early April, with a focus on improving the user experience. The Society’s redesigned online home makes it easier than ever for members and visitors to find the oncology-related information and resources they trust and value. The site’s redesign is the cul...

Shop to Conquer Cancer!

ASCO  / May 10, 2016

ASCO Annual Meeting attendees have a special opportunity to support the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) when you shop with any CCF retail partner during your stay in Chicago. When presented with the Conquer Cancer Card, participating retailers will donate a portion of sales from purchases made durin...

Tell Your Patients About PRE-ACT

ASCO  / May 10, 2016

Preparatory Education About Clinical Trials (PRE-ACT), a free video-based program, helps patients and their caregivers learn about clinical trials and address barriers to participation. Direct your patients to cancer.net/preact to learn more about this online resource. Also, visit cancer.net/blog to...

Meet W. Charles Penley, MD, FASCO

ASCO  / April 25, 2016

A Partner at Tennessee Oncology, PLLC, W. Charles Penley, MD, FASCO, has been an ASCO member since 1988. He has served on the Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors since 2005 and currently holds the role of Immediate Past Chair. What led you to oncology? WCP: While it may sound silly t...

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

ASCO  / April 25, 2016

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 in...

ASCO Convenes Obesity Work Group Meeting on Multidisciplinary Collaboration

ASCO  / April 25, 2016

ASCO recently held a work group meeting with 18 organizations that focused on addressing obesity through multidisciplinary collaboration. The purpose of the meeting was to review current challenges in addressing obesity within the health-care provider communities and identify potential opportunities...

Podcast Discusses Finding Easy-to-Understand Cancer Information

ASCO  / April 25, 2016

It’s easy for patients to find information about cancer on the Internet, but finding information that is both accurate and understandable may not be so easy. Cancer.Net’s Editor-in-Chief Lidia Schapira, MD, FASCO, recently joined Fergal McGovern on Empowered Patient Radio to discuss the challenges o...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Honors 74 Oncologists for Contributions to Genitourinary Cancer, Cancer Survivorship, Gastrointestinal Cancer, and Quality Care Research

ASCO  / April 10, 2016

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Awards in Gastrointestinal Cancer, Genitourinary Cancer, Cancer Survivorship, and Quality Care. The following 74 young investigators, recognized for the scientific merit ...

Diversity Training Key to Increasing Cultural Competence Among Oncology Surgeons

ASCO  / April 10, 2016

A study in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP)1 measured the level of cultural competence among surgeons from six hospitals in the Puget Sound region of Washington State, home to a large population of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. According to the study, “Assessing Cultural Competence Amo...

Donate Now to Access the Conquer Cancer Foundation Donor Lounge at ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / April 10, 2016

The Foundation’s Donor Lounge is the perfect space to recharge or meet with friends and colleagues during ASCO’s Annual Meeting. It’s where industry leaders network and enjoy access to complimentary light refreshments and where busy attendees escape for a quiet place to relax. Make accessing this ...

Understanding and Preparing for MACRA

ASCO  / April 10, 2016

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was passed in April 2015, introducing comprehensive changes to how Medicare pays physicians for services. As the policies passed in MACRA are rolled out over the coming years, they will profoundly impact reimbursement and care delivery...

ASCO Pledges to Advance Interoperability Among Health Information Systems

ASCO  / April 10, 2016

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. B...

Highlights From the 2016 Quality Care Symposium and Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium

ASCO  / April 10, 2016

Direct your patients to the Cancer.Net Blog, www.cancer.net/blog, to listen to a podcast from the 2016 Quality Care Symposium on research highlighting efforts to make sure patients are getting the most appropriate care while also addressing the costs of cancer care. Also on the blog, learn more a...

2016 Pre–Annual Meeting Educational Programs Feature Important Topics for Modern Cancer Care Providers

ASCO  / March 25, 2016

For oncology professionals looking to maximize their learning and networking opportunities, ASCO will be offering two types of Pre–Annual Meeting Educational Programs ahead of its 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago this summer. Offered since 2012, Pre–Annual Meeting Seminars are a series of in-depth edu...

Join the Conversation Online at jgo.org

 / March 25, 2016

Journal of Global Oncology now offers readers the option to comment on any JGO article. Users can sign in through social media or a Disqus account and share their thoughts with the JGO community. All comments will be moderated by the journal to ensure they are constructive and relevant. Start a disc...

ASCO University® Launches New Certificate Programs for Advanced Practitioners

ASCO  / March 25, 2016

The role of advanced practitioners in oncology is growing as the demand for team-based care increases—and with that growth comes a need for training materials specifically tailored to this group. ASCO University®, ASCO’s home for lifelong learning, has collaborated with the Association of Physician ...

Conquering Cancer With Dr. Kim

ASCO  / March 25, 2016

There are many different ways to treat cancer: surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and more, sometimes used alone and sometimes in combination. But, in certain circumstances, the best treatment option for a patient may not look much like treatment at all. Instead of attempting to eliminate the...

Study Finds Correlation Between Number of Drug Suppliers and Drug Shortages

ASCO  / March 25, 2016

Astudy published in the Journal of Oncology Practice1 found that individual drugs with fewer suppliers were associated with an increased likelihood of shortages compared to drugs with a large number of suppliers. The article titled, “Association between the Number of Suppliers for Critical Antineop...

Conquer Cancer Foundation–Funded Research Published in High-Impact Journals

ASCO  / March 10, 2016

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (CCF) encourages grantees to share the results of their research to help advance progress against cancer. Publication in peer-reviewed journals is one of the most important ways for scientists to achieve recognition. That s...

ASCO Recommends Improvements to Medicare for Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions

ASCO  / March 10, 2016

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 beneficiarie...

Spotlight on Women Who Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / March 10, 2016

Women Who Conquer Cancer is a group dedicated to advancing cancer research by supporting young women researchers early in their careers through Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Awards (YIAs). These 1-year grants give promising researchers the boost they need to get started on t...

Palliative Care

2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium Highlights

ASCO  / March 10, 2016  / 29129

The Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, held October 9–10, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts, brought together more than 670 members of the cancer care community, including oncologists, radiologists, palliative care specialists, nurses, and patient advocates. Sessions delivered information on pallia...

ASCO’s Patient Resources for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

ASCO  / March 10, 2016

Stock your practice with Cancer.Net resources. Cancer.Net has a comprehensive guide to colorectal cancer at www.cancer.net/colorectal and a shorter, one-page colorectal cancer fact sheet. You will also find specialized resources for caregiving, survivorship, palliative care, and managing the cost of...

Making the Most of Poster Sessions

ASCO  / March 10, 2016

Nathan A. Pennell, MD, PhD, an Associate Professor and Director of the Lung Cancer Medical Oncology Program at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute and a Poster Walk leader at the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting, offers advice for anyone planning to attend a Poster Session: Plan ahead. Make sur...

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

ASCO  / February 25, 2016

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 wel...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Awards Grants to Drive International Cancer Care Advances

ASCO  / February 25, 2016

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO has awarded four 2016 International Innovation Grants to organizations developing projects with the potential to revolutionize cancer control in low- and middle-income countries. This year’s grants will support research in India, Nepal, Uganda, and the Philippin...

ASCO Official Participates in Vice President’s ‘Moonshot’ Launch

ASCO  / February 25, 2016

During Vice President Joe Biden’s formal launch of his “moonshot” to cure cancer on January 15, ASCO encouraged a comprehensive approach to accelerate the discovery of new cancer treatments, including issues related to enrollment in clinical trials, access to care, federal funding, and information t...

ASCO Announces New Award Recognizing Extraordinary Contributions to Cancer Survivorship Care

ASCO  / February 25, 2016

ASCO has announced the creation of the Ellen L. Stovall Award and Lecture for Advancement of Cancer Survivorship Care, intended to recognize and promote the work of pioneers and leaders in the growing field of survivorship. The first award will be presented at the 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium,...

New Cancer.Net Fact Sheets for Your Practice

ASCO  / February 25, 2016

Be sure to check out Cancer.Net’s new ASCO Answers fact sheets on immunotherapy and brain metastases. These one-page (front and back) introductions include an overview, illustrations, terms to know, and questions to ask the doctor. Find these and a library of titles at www.cancer.net/factsheets, a...

Researcher Spotlight: Conquering Cancer With Dr. Wagle

ASCO  / February 10, 2016

When it comes to cancer, one of the most frustrating moments for patients and doctors alike is discovering a promising treatment has suddenly stopped working. Generally, this occurs when cancer develops resistance and finds ways to bypass a treatment’s effects. Cancer drug resistance happens more of...

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Grant Brings Quality Improvement Program to Practices Supporting Medically Underserved Communities

ASCO  / February 10, 2016

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO has received a generous grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) in support of a new ASCO initiative, “Improving the Delivery of Cancer Care in Medically Underserved Communities.” Over an 18-month period, this initiative will bring ASCO’s Quality Oncolo...

ASCO Names Advance of the Year, Highlights Major Top Research Trends

ASCO  / February 10, 2016

Research is the bedrock of progress against cancer, and discoveries in cancer biology are moving from bench to bedside faster than ever. No recent advance has been more transformative than the rise of immunotherapy, particularly over the past year, making this treatment strategy ASCO’s Advance of th...

ASCO Comments With Fellow Leading Medical Organizations on Proposed Changes to Common Rule

ASCO  / February 10, 2016

On January 4, ASCO submitted a joint comment letter with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI), and American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on proposed changes to the Common Rul...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Hosts Inaugural Scientific and Career Development Retreat

ASCO  / January 25, 2016

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 i...

CCF Names Thomas G. Roberts, Jr, MD, New Board of Directors Chair, Appoints Two New Leaders

ASCO  / January 25, 2016

Thomas G. Roberts, Jr, MD, a global investor and oncologist, has been named as the new Chair of the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) Board of Directors. Two new members of the Board have also been announced: Margaret Tempero, MD, FASCO, a Past President of ASCO and a pioneer in cancer treatment and r...

Breast Cancer

International Innovation Grant Supports Novel Breast Cancer Health Education Program in Mexico

ASCO  / January 25, 2016

The International Innovation Grant, funded by the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) of ASCO, provides research funding in support of novel and innovative projects that can have a significant impact on cancer control in low- and middle-income countries. The grant is intended to support research that ha...

Health-Care Policy

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

ASCO  / January 25, 2016

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 th...

ASCO Guides Members Through MACRA Implementation With a Robust Set of New Resources

ASCO  / December 25, 2015

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), passed earlier this year, repealed the fundamentally flawed Sustainable Growth Rate formula and introduced significant changes in how Medicare will pay oncologists for the care they provide in the coming years. The new law will be ful...

Opening Doors: ASCO Aims to Increase Workforce Diversity Through Physician Mentoring Program

ASCO  / December 25, 2015

Olumide Gbolahan, MD, faced a familiar dilemma among aspiring oncologists. Dr. Gbolahan, an internal medicine resident of the Morehouse School of Medicine, wanted extra time and experience in an oncologic elective summer rotation to ease his transition from internal medicine to oncology. Unsure of t...

Updated: ASCO Answers Guide to Colorectal Cancer

ASCO  / December 25, 2015

The recently updated ASCO Answers: Guide to Colorectal Cancer helps people who are newly diagnosed better understand the disease and their treatment options. This information-packed guide includes treatment information; an emphasis on palliative care; an expanded follow-up care section; questions pa...

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

ASCO  / December 10, 2015

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 ...

Now Available: Holiday Cards From the Conquer Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / December 10, 2015

The holiday season has officially begun, but there is still plenty of time to share in the spirit of giving on behalf of someone special. When you donate to the Conquer Cancer Foundation through cards.conquercancerfoundation.org, the Foundation will mail greeting cards or email eCertificates in app...

Barriers to Oncology Careers Focused on Cancer Prevention Could Be Addressed Through Education, Research Opportunities, Advocacy

ASCO  / December 10, 2015

A new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) on the barriers facing oncology professionals to a career focus in cancer prevention found that a lack of mentors and exposure during training, unclear career path, and uncertainty regarding reimbursement caused reluctance to incorporate preventi...

Earn MOC Points With ASCO

ASCO  / December 10, 2015

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program promotes lifelong learning and the enhancement of the clinical judgment and skills essential for high-quality patient care. ASCO supports these principles by providing a variety of opportunities for oncology pr...

Resource to Help Patients Manage Cancer Costs

ASCO  / December 10, 2015

Help your patients manage the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis with Cancer.Net’s Managing the Cost of Cancer Care booklet. This booklet provides information on the main financial categories for cancer care; an easy-to-understand explanation of health insurance benefits; information about the A...

TAPUR: ASCO’s First Clinical Trial Addresses Critical Gaps in Understanding of and Access to Targeted Therapies

ASCO  / November 25, 2015

ASCO is preparing to expand the boundaries of precision medicine with the launch of its first clinical trial. At a press briefing during the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting, the Society formally announced its plans for the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) study. At a time when phy...

Applications Open for ASCO’s New Policy Fellowship Program

ASCO  / November 25, 2015

On October 15, ASCO launched a new fellowship program aimed at providing physicians with the necessary skills to shape cancer policy. ASCO is actively recruiting oncologists in the early phase of their careers that have leadership, civic, policy, or advocacy experience, and a keen interest in acquir...

ASCO University® Offers Resources for Palliative and Team-Based Care

ASCO  / November 25, 2015

ASCO University®, ASCO’s eLearning center, offers an array of courses and programs relevant to palliative care and multidisciplinary team–based cancer care. Below are descriptions of just a few of these offerings. Pain Management Released in March 2015, ASCO University’s “Pain Management Program” ...

New ASCO Answers Guide to Caregiving

ASCO  / November 25, 2015

This new ASCO Answers guide helps family caregivers better understand their role in the cancer care team. While there is no one way to be a caregiver, ASCO Answers: Caregiving is designed to help caregivers provide ongoing support as the person with cancer’s needs change. In addition to providing p...

Support the Conquer Cancer Foundation on Giving Tuesday

ASCO  / November 25, 2015

Giving Tuesday” is the perfect time to start your holiday giving and take part in a global movement to give back. Giving Tuesday has raised tens of millions of dollars for charities around the world since its start in 2012.  Donating to the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) this Giving Tuesday—Decemb...

The Future of ASCO: President-Elect Candidates Share Their Vision

ASCO  / November 10, 2015

S. Gail Eckhardt, MD, FASCO, is a tenured Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she also holds the Stapp Harlow Chair in Cancer Research. She has been a faculty member at the institution since 1999 and was Division Head of Medical Oncology from 2006–2014. Currently, she s...

Tell Your Patients About ASCO’S Award-Winning Cancer.Net Mobile App

ASCO  / November 10, 2015

Cancer.Net Mobile app offers your patients and their caregivers trusted, oncologist-approved cancer information and the tools and resources they need to help plan and manage cancer care. The newest version of Cancer.Net Mobile is optimized for the latest iOS versions, and offers an all-new visual d...

A Message from W. Charles Penley, MD, FASCO

ASCO  / November 10, 2015

Dear Friends: This is the time of year when I often receive cards from patients celebrating their holiday season. Most cards include photos of my patients on vacation or alongside their growing families, conquering cancer in the simplest and most perfect way—with happiness and hope. I am grateful t...

New Study Indicates Key Differences Between Trial Enrollees and Patients Receiving Treatments

ASCO  / November 10, 2015

A new article published in the Journal of Oncology Practice evaluates differences between the treatment of patients with metastatic renal cell cancer who participated in clinical trials vs those who received the same therapy in routine clinical practice. Nearly 40% of patients in the real-world reg...

Congress Passes Continuing Resolution, Research Funding Dips Slightly

ASCO  / November 10, 2015

On September 30, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution that will fund the government at current levels through December 11. Funding for both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) dipped slightly as part of a 0.21% cut to all nondefense discretionary agenci...

ASCO Announces Candidates for 2016 Election

ASCO  / November 10, 2015

Seventeen distinguished ASCO members have been selected by the ASCO Nominating Committee as candidates for open leadership positions within the Society. They include the office of President-Elect, four seats on the Society’s Board of Directors, and three seats on the ASCO Nominating Committee. Pres...

Be a Voice in The Campaign to Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / November 10, 2015

We'll provide the resources. You provide the voice. The Campaign to Conquer Cancer is raising $150 million to support a world free from the fear of cancer. Our potential to raise money increases with every new person who learns about our work. We need the most trusted leaders in the oncology communi...

Journal of Clinical Oncology’s Fall Special Series, Journal of Global Oncology’s Inaugural Issue

ASCO  / October 25, 2015

This fall, the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) presented two special series: “Pediatric Cancer—Progress Through Collaboration” and “Head and Neck Cancer: Recent Advances, Changing Epidemiology, and Future Directions.” The Pediatric Special Series highlighted collaborative efforts that have contr...

Community Research Forum Holds 2015 Annual Meeting, Explores Developments and Strategies in Conducting Clinical Research

ASCO  / October 25, 2015

ASCO’s Community Research Forum (CRF) held its 2015 Annual Meeting September 20–21 at ASCO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Over 75 physician investigators, program directors, and research staff attended the meeting, representing a wide range of community-based practices and research sites acro...

New: ASCO Answers Fact Sheet for Patients on Blood Test Results

ASCO  / October 25, 2015

Check out the latest ASCO Answers fact sheet on understanding blood test results. This one-page guide has information on complete blood count, white blood cell count, white blood cell differential, red blood cell count, platelet count, terms to know, and questions to ask the doctor. Download a print...

Be a Voice in The Campaign to Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / October 25, 2015

We’ll provide the resources. You provide the voice. The Campaign to Conquer Cancer is raising $150 million to support a world free from the fear of cancer. Our potential to raise money increases with every new person who learns about our work. We need the most trusted leaders in the oncology communi...

Focus on Geriatric Oncology: ASCO Prepares for an Aging Nation

ASCO  / October 10, 2015

The United States—and much of the world—is experiencing unprecedented demographic shifts in the population of older people, defined as people age 65 and over. In 2012, the population of older people in the United States reached a never-before seen height of 43.1 million, a number that will more than...

Journal of Oncology Practice to Expand in 2016: New Section Dedicated to Practical, Authoritative Clinical Reviews

ASCO  / October 10, 2015

In early 2016, readers of Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) will be greeted with an expanded journal, featuring a new section of succinct, focused, practical clinical reviews authored by expert opinion leaders in oncology. These reviews are designed to provide busy, full-time clinicians with autho...

Updated Resource for Your Patients: Advanced Cancer Care Planning Booklet

ASCO  / October 10, 2015

The latest version of ASCO Answers Advanced Cancer Care Planning is now available. This booklet contains comprehensive information about how patients can communicate directly and honestly about advanced cancer and end-of-life care with friends, family, children, and the health-care team.   This book...

ASCO, ACS, ASTRO Study Finds Increased Travel Distance Affects Whether Patients Receive Adjuvant Chemotherapy

ASCO  / October 10, 2015

A new study conducted by ASCO in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology1 found that patients who have to travel farther to appointments are less likely to receive adjuvant chemothe...

Be a Voice in The Campaign to Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / October 10, 2015

We'll provide the resources. You provide the voice. The Campaign to Conquer Cancer is raising $150 million to support a world free from the fear of cancer. Our potential to raise money increases with every new person who learns about our work. We need the most trusted leaders in the oncology communi...

ASCO University® Releases 2015 Curricula for Advanced Practice Providers (ACAPP™)

ASCO  / September 25, 2015

ASCO University has released an updated version of ASCO’s Curricula for Advanced Practice Providers (ACAPP™). This popular series assists with the orientation of advanced practice providers (APPs) into oncology practices—a growing need as increasing numbers of APPs are hired to meet the demand for t...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Donor Spotlight: Fibrolamellar Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / September 25, 2015

When Tucker Davis was diagnosed with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma (FL-HCC) in 2008, there was very little information about this very rare cancer and, as Tucker would soon discover, even fewer treatment options available. An annoying cough and sharp pain radiating down his back leg eventua...

Be a Voice in The Campaign to Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / September 25, 2015

We’ll provide the resources. You provide the voice. The Campaign to Conquer Cancer is raising $150 million to support a world free from the fear of cancer. Our potential to raise money increases with every new person who learns about our work. We need the most trusted leaders in the oncology communi...

ASCO Urges Expansion of Cancer Research to Include Older Adults

ASCO  / September 25, 2015

ASCO issued landmark recommendations in the Journal of Clinical Oncology calling for federal agencies and the cancer research community to broaden clinical trials to include older adults (age 65 and older) and to redefine trial eligibility. More than 60% of cancers in the United States occur in old...

Food Safety for Patients With Cancer

ASCO  / September 25, 2015

Cancer.Net and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service have collaborated on an infographic of food safety tips for people with cancer. This infographic is an excellent way to help your patients understand which foods are safe to eat, which foods to avoid, saf...

ASCO Continues to Support 21st Century Cures

ASCO  / September 25, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives passed monumental legislation that will accelerate the discovery, development, and delivery of promising new cancer treatments. The 21st Century Cures Act advances big data and precision medicine and strengthens the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Ad...

ASCO Guidelines: A Collaborative Effort

ASCO  / September 10, 2015

The ASCO Guidelines Program has worked with other professional societies and guideline development organizations in an effort to expand the ASCO guideline portfolio and harmonize recommended care options across prominent guideline development groups. For ASCO, this effort began with a systematic an...

Order ASCO Answers Guides to Cancer for Your Practice

ASCO  / September 10, 2015

ASCO Answers Guides to breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers are designed to help newly diagnosed patients understand their disease and treatment options. These comprehensive, patient-friendly booklets contain trusted information about the diagnosis, treatment, side effects, and psychosocia...

Journal of Clinical Oncology Special Series Issues Provide Updates on Important Topics in Oncology Practice

ASCO  / September 10, 2015

Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) annually publishes several Special Series of reviews—disease-specific issues dedicated to providing readers with concise, authoritative updates on important topics in oncology practice. Each issue of the Special Series explores one specific area of cancer care thro...

This September, Triple Your Impact

ASCO  / September 10, 2015

At the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting, the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) launched The Campaign to Conquer Cancer—a comprehensive, $150 million fundraising campaign supporting breakthrough research and sharing vital knowledge with physicians, patients, and families. In support of The Campaign, CCF Board ...

Join Us for the Community Research Forum Annual Meeting

ASCO  / September 10, 2015

This year’s Community Research Forum Annual Meeting is right around the corner. There is an exciting lineup scheduled for the meeting, with participants and presenters representing a range of practices and types of research programs. Participants will engage with one another in breakout sessions to ...

New Symposium Brings Together Oncologists and Primary Care Providers to Advance Survivorship Care and Research

ASCO  / August 25, 2015

With two-thirds of Americans now living at least 5 years after a cancer diagnosis, there are currently 14.5 million cancer survivors living in the United States. By 2024, that number is expected to increase by nearly 25%.1 Although the growing number of survivors is a welcome sign of progress, this ...

Physician Fee Schedule: A Closer Look

ASCO  / August 25, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the 2016 Physician Fee Schedule on July 15. Among other changes, CMS proposes new codes and payment levels for Advance Care Planning; requests comments for future implementation of the Medicare Access...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Donor Spotlight: Ludwig Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2015

Among the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s newest supporters, Ludwig Cancer Research is an international community of distinguished scientists dedicated to preventing and controlling cancer. Its emphasis on collaboration and long-term support has fostered its role as a leader in immunotherapy and other c...

Obesity and Cancer Bundle: Oncology Provider Guides and Patient Booklets

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2015

Many cancer care providers struggle with addressing the topics of weight loss and weight management with their patients. Obesity and Cancer: A Guide for Oncology Providers is a tool that will help oncology providers integrate strategies for weight loss into their practices by offering practical tips...

Strengthening the Doctor-Patient Relationship: An Interview With Lidia Schapira, MD, FASCO

ASCO  / August 25, 2015

Earlier this summer, Lidia ­Schapira, MD, FASCO, a medical oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, was named Editor-in-Chief of Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website. Prior to taking on this role, Dr. Schapira...

Be a Voice in The Campaign to Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / August 25, 2015

We’ll provide the resources—you provide the voice. The Campaign to Conquer Cancer is raising $150 million to support a world free from the fear of cancer.  Our potential to raise money increases with every new person who learns about our work. We need the most trusted leaders in the oncology communi...

Collective Wisdom: Patient-Centered Care and Research

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO  / August 10, 2015

In 1964, when the first seven physicians who founded ASCO met, I doubt they imagined what a successful Society they were forming. At that time, cancer treatments were just beginning to have some early successes with a few cytotoxic therapies, new radiation modalities, and improved surgical technique...

2015–2016 ASCO President Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO: Leading During a Year of Historic Changes

Shira Klapper, Senior Writer/Editor  / August 10, 2015

Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, began her term as the 2015–2016 President of ASCO at the 2015 Annual Meeting on June 1, 2015. Dr. Vose, a leading expert in the treatment of patients with lymphoma, is the current Neumann M. and Mildred E. Harris Professorial Chair and Chief of the Oncology/Hematology ...

Disease Prevention, Practice Issues Put ASCO Center Stage at AMA House of Delegates Meeting

ASCO  / August 10, 2015

ASCO represented the oncology community at the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Annual House of Delegates (HOD) Meeting, held June 6–10 in Chicago. While AMA’s chief policy-making body worked to shape its priorities and initiatives, ASCO delegates and alternates represented the cancer care persp...

Register for the Community Research Forum 2015 Annual Meeting

ASCO  / August 10, 2015

Registration is open for the Community Research Forum (CRF) 2015 Annual Meeting, which will be held September 20–21, at ASCO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Join fellow physician investigators and research staff from all types of community-based research sites and programs to discuss barriers ...

Summer Travel: Help Your Patients Understand Why Getting Medical Clearance is Important

ASCO  / August 10, 2015

Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/blog to get important information on traveling with cancer, including getting medical clearance before they book their flight. This information includes questions to ask the doctor, how to get permission from the airline to fly, and information on packing presc...

Community Oncologist Stephen Grubbs, MD, to Lead ASCO’s New Clinical Affairs Department

ASCO  / August 10, 2015

Stephen S. Grubbs, MD, a community oncologist and managing partner at Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants, PA, in Newark, Delaware, has been named the Senior Director of ASCO’s new Clinical Affairs department. Dr. Grubbs is a longtime ASCO member and volunteer and the Principal Investigator of t...

2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium to Highlight the Science of Symptom Management

ASCO  / July 25, 2015  / 29129

For the past few decades, ASCO has led efforts to integrate palliative care into all phases of cancer treatment. Through numerous educational programs, advocacy efforts, and most recently, the first annual Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, ASCO has championed the idea that palliative care, whic...

ASCO Urges Evidence-Based, Flexible Drug Handling Requirements in Comments on USP 800

ASCO  / July 25, 2015

ASCO has responded to changing health-care standards by submitting comments to the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) on the revised version of its proposed General Chapter 800, “Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings.” While ASCO notes some positive changes to the proposal, the Society ur...

Order Cancer.Net Fact Sheets for Your Practice

ASCO  / July 25, 2015

Be sure to check out Cancer.Net’s ASCO Answers fact sheets on a variety of topics, including diagnosis and treatment options, side effects, and more than 25 cancer types. These one-page (front and back) introductions include an overview, illustrations, terms to know, and questions to ask the doctor....

Comprehensive Oncology Practice Business Guide Now Available

ASCO  / July 25, 2015

ASCO has released Practical Tips for the Oncology Practice 6th Edition, a comprehensive business and management resource for oncology practices. Recognizing the increasing burdens that oncology practices face in today’s healthcare delivery system, ASCO is releasing this guide with new information on...

2015 Breast Cancer Symposium to Encourage Collaboration in Patient Care, Education, and Research

ASCO  / July 10, 2015  / 29136

ASCO’s educational symposia have historically provided attendees with a forum for learning and discussion, demonstrating ASCO’s commitment to promoting a network of global oncology expertise. The 2015 Breast Cancer Symposium, to be held in San Francisco, California, from Friday, September 25, to Sun...

ASCO QOPI® Certification Program Benefits Oncology Practices and Patients

ASCO  / July 10, 2015

Christa Braun-Inglis, MS, NP, has seen her last three practices certified through ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®). Ms. Braun-Inglis, a nurse practitioner with Kaiser Hawaii Region, was not solely responsible for the designations, although she helped some of the practices become c...

ASCO Recommends Palliative Care as Part of Cancer Treatment

ASCO  / July 10, 2015

ASCO recommends that doctors, patients, and caregivers talk about palliative care soon after diagnosis for any patient with metastatic cancer and for patients with many and/or severe symptoms. ASCO has developed a resource to help patients understand the importance of palliative care from diagnosis ...

ASCO Releases Payment Reform Proposal to Support Higher Quality, More Affordable Cancer Care

ASCO  / July 10, 2015

ASCO has released a proposal to significantly improve the quality and affordability of care for cancer patients. Expanding on a payment model circulated last year, the ASCO proposal would fundamentally restructure the way oncologists are paid for cancer care in the United States, by providing suffic...

ASCO Members, Public Working Together to ‘Take Down’ Cancer

ASCO  / July 10, 2015

From Wrigley Field to McCormick Place, Chicago residents and visitors felt the energy surrounding the launch of The Campaign to Conquer Cancer during the ASCO 2015 Annual Meeting. The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (CCF) threw out the ceremonial first pitch a...

ASCO Releases Payment Reform Proposal to Support Higher Quality, More Affordable Cancer Care

ASCO  / June 25, 2015

ASCO released a proposal to significantly improve the quality and affordability of care for cancer patients. ASCO’s Patient-Centered Oncology Payment: Payment Reform to Support Higher Quality, More Affordable Cancer Care (PCOP) proposal is designed to simultaneously improve services to patients and ...

ASCO Releases Updated, Expanded Set of Survivorship Care Planning Templates

ASCO  / June 25, 2015

ASCO has issued an updated and expanded set of treatment and survivorship care plan templates for oncology care professionals and patients with cancer. The templates serve to enhance ASCO’s existing suite of tools to help providers and patients fully plan a course of cancer treatment, from diagnosis...

Registration Open for 2015 Community Research Forum Annual Meeting

ASCO  / June 25, 2015

Registration is now open for the Community Research Forum (CRF) Annual Meeting, which will take place on September 20 to 21, at ASCO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Join fellow physician investigators and research staff from all types of community-based research sites and programs to discuss b...

New Resources Developed by ASCO’s Community Research Forum

ASCO  / June 25, 2015

The ASCO Community Research Forum (CRF) is a solution-oriented venue for community research sites to overcome barriers to conducting clinical trials. Each year, the CRF council, comprising ASCO member volunteers, selects topic areas and specific solution-oriented projects for working groups to make ...

2015 ASCO Annual Meeting Planning Committees

ASCO  / June 25, 2015

The ASCO Annual Meeting highlights the latest research and treatment advances in oncology, with more than 28,000 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 ...

Help Your Patients Catch Up on the Latest Research From the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / June 25, 2015

Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/blog for podcasts with ASCO experts discussing the research that was presented at the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting. This series of “Research Round Up” podcasts provides the latest information on treatment and care for people with cancer and will help your patients ...

New ASCO Journal to Focus on Cancer in Resource-Constrained Countries

ASCO  / June 10, 2015

Internationally renowned oncologist David Kerr, MD, DSc, will serve as founding Editor-in-Chief of the new ASCO publication, Journal of Global Oncology (JGO). JGO will be the first journal focused exclusively on cancer research, treatment, and care delivery in middle- and low-resource countries wit...

ASCO Launches Electronic Practical Tips for the Oncology Practice, 6th Edition

ASCO  / June 10, 2015

In mid-May, ASCO launched Practical Tips for the Oncology Practice, 6th Edition, a comprehensive resource providing answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding billing, coding, reimbursements, coverage questions, and regulatory policies that affect the day-to-day practice of oncology. Si...

Inform Your Patients About Common Cancer Myths

ASCO  / June 10, 2015

Misinformation is everywhere. Direct your patients to visit www.cancer.net/blog to learn what is science fact and what is science fiction in this blog post on nine common cancer myths. Also, order ASCO Answers Fact Sheet—Myths and Facts About Cancer for your practice at www.cancer.net/estore. Shippi...

Over 30 Organizations, Including ASCO, Call for FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes

ASCO  / June 10, 2015

ASCO, together with 30 organizations, have sent a letter to President Obama asking for his leadership in giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to regulate e-cigarettes and other currently unregulated tobacco products. The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control...

ASCO’s Community Research Forum Offers Helpful Tools for Community-Based Research Sites

ASCO  / June 10, 2015

As part of ASCO’s efforts to support research sites and clinical investigators, ASCO’s Community Research Forum (CRF) was created as a solution-oriented venue for community-based research sites. The Forum and its working groups have developed several tools and resources that aim to help researchers ...

New ASCO University® Tumor Genomics Program Helps Cancer Care Providers Increase Their Understanding of Next-Generation Sequencing

ASCO  / June 10, 2015

Innovation in the field of genomic assessment and characterization has rapidly progressed in recent years. As next-generation sequencing increasingly becomes a standard of care, it is vital for cancer care providers to develop a deeper understanding of its research and clinical applications. For bus...

ASCO’s Train the Trainer Program Extends the Reach of Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Education

ASCO  / May 25, 2015

Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Courses (MCMCs) offered by ASCO International, in collaboration with other organizations, seek to improve cancer care globally through the promotion of interdisciplinary cancer management. Attendees of select MCMCs have the option to attend a 1- to 2-day training...

Earn Maintenance of Certification Points on the Go With ASCO MOC App

ASCO  / May 25, 2015

A new app from ASCO University enables clinicians to earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points quickly, conveniently, and easily by answering questions on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. The ASCO MOC app, available for iOS and Android devices, as well as on a mobile-friendly responsive websi...

ASCO and NCI Calling on Clinicians and Researchers for Best Oncology Clinical Care Practice Models

ASCO  / May 25, 2015

ASCO and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have launched a project to apply team-based oncology clinical care delivery and are calling for writing teams to submit the best clinical oncology patient-centered practices. The two organizations will work with interested authors to create writing teams...

Help Your Patients Understand the Latest Research From the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / May 25, 2015

Direct your patients to Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website, to find easy-to-read summaries of studies that will be presented at this year’s Annual Meeting. In addition, encourage them to check back for podcasts with ASCO experts discussing the latest advances. Continuing coverage from th...

ASCO Announces New Class of Participants in Quality Training Program

ASCO  / May 25, 2015

ASCO has announced the second class of oncology practices for its Quality Training Program. Twelve practices across the United States will participate in this 6-month comprehensive course, which will guide them through quality improvement activities using proven innovative learning techniques. “ASC...

Conquer Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / May 25, 2015

Be on the lookout for a big announcement from the Conquer Cancer Foundation at the 2015 Annual Meeting. How will you be able to take part? By making a gift in support of vital cancer research, education, and tools to improve the quality of cancer care. Donations can be made online at ccf.asco.org an...

Enhance Your Annual Meeting Experience With Attendee Resources

ASCO  / May 10, 2015  / 29133

At the end of May, more than 25,000 oncology professionals from around the world will meet in Chicago for the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting. This year’s theme, “Illumination & Innovation: Transforming Data into Learning,” reflects the current state of oncology. The accelerating volume and variety of...

Issues in Oncology

ASCO Submits Comments to FDA on Next-Generation Sequencing Tests

ASCO  / May 10, 2015

ASCO submitted comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its white paper, “Optimizing FDA’s Regulatory Oversight of Next-Generation Sequencing Diagnostic Tests.” The Society expressed its support of the exploration of new regulatory strategies for next-generation sequencing diagnost...

Save the Date: Community Research Forum 2015 Annual Meeting

ASCO  / May 10, 2015

The Community Research Forum (CRF) will hold its Annual Meeting this fall, September 20 to 21, 2015. This meeting will provide an exclusive opportunity for community-based researchers and research staff to network and collaborate with colleagues from all types of research sites and programs. It will...

Five Reasons to Use Social Media at the ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / May 10, 2015  / 29133

Join the discussion: Use #ASCO15 on Twitter to follow and participate in the conversation around the Annual Meeting in real time! During last year’s Annual Meeting, over 43,000 Tweets were sent by more than 8,500 individuals, reaching an estimated 145 million Twitter users. Tweets about the Meetin...

Providing Survivorship Care Bundle: Oncology Provider Guides and Patient Guides

ASCO  / May 10, 2015

ASCO’s new product bundle combines provider and patient information about cancer survivorship. Providing High Quality Survivorship Care in Practice: An ASCO Guide aims to assist oncologists and other clinicians with implementing high-quality survivorship care programs within their practice. The top...

Maintenance of Certification Activities: Earn Points at the ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / May 10, 2015  / 29133

The 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting will feature three activities to help attendees earn American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points while onsite. Annual Meeting Practice-Centered Session MOC Self-Assessment Activity This activity is designed for attendees who wan...

Conquer Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / May 10, 2015  / 29133

Be on the lookout for a big announcement from the Conquer Cancer Foundation at the 2015 Annual Meeting. How will you be able to take part? By making a gift in support of vital cancer research, education, and tools to improve the quality of cancer care. Donations can be made online at ccf.asco.org, a...

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Works to Change the Treatment Landscape of an Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer

ASCO  / April 25, 2015

Hayley Dinerman, Cofounder and Executive Director of the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, remembers how she and a group of close female friends first learned about the devastating effects of triple-negative breast cancer. It was 2005 when these new mothers, who had recently formed a playgr...

Direct Your Patients to Cancer.Net for Informative Videos

ASCO  / April 25, 2015

Cancer.Net offers patient-friendly videos produced by ASCO to give people with cancer and their families and friends an additional option for oncologist-approved information. Topics covered include side effects, treatments, tests and procedures, quality of life, survivorship, cancer research news, i...

Cancer Control in Primary Care Courses Offered in India

ASCO  / April 25, 2015

ASCO International’s mission is to optimize care for every patient with cancer in the world. To achieve that goal, it is critical to establish collaborations in all sectors of the health-care system. ASCO International’s newest course, Cancer Control in Primary Care, helps to address this need by of...

Researcher Spotlight on Conquer Cancer Foundation International Innovation Grant Recipient Mya Thida, MBBS

ASCO  / April 25, 2015

In 2014, Mya Thida, MBBS, of Myanmar, was awarded one of the first-ever Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO International Innovation Grants. This grant was created to fund novel research projects that may significantly improve cancer control in low- and middle-income countries. One year later, Dr. Thi...

FDA’s Biosimilar Product Approval Process: A Closer Look

ASCO  / April 25, 2015

In March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved filgrastim-sndz (Zarxio) as a biosimilar to U.S.-licensed filgrastim (Neupogen). It is the first biosimilar product to be approved in the United States and will increase treatment options for people living with cancer. The FDA considers...

ASCO’s Oncology Interoperability Standard Highlighted in AMIA’s Bioinformatics Journal Club Webinar

ASCO  / April 25, 2015

ASCO’s oncology-specific interoperability electronic data-sharing standard for communicating and coordinating care throughout the cancer journey was featured in the American Medical Informatics Association’s Bioinformatics Journal Club webinar, a live production jointly sponsored by the Division of ...

Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, Confronts Challenges Facing Young Women With Breast Cancer With Support From Conquer Cancer Foundation Improving Cancer Care Grant

ASCO  / April 25, 2015

Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Founding Director of the Program for Young Women With Breast Cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, received a 2010 Improving Cancer Care Grant (ICCG) for her project “Improving the Care of Young Women with Br...

Researcher Spotlight: Conquering Cancer With Emily Ko, MD, MSCR

ASCO  / April 10, 2015

One of the best ways to prevent cancer is by finding new, better treatments for conditions that are considered risk factors. That is why Emily Ko, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, is investigating a new method for treati...

Stay Up to Date on New Patient Materials From Cancer.Net

ASCO  / April 10, 2015

Encourage your patients to use social media to stay up to date with the new resources available on Cancer.Net. It is easier than ever for patients to get the latest cancer information on their computer or mobile device. Subscribe to the Cancer.Net Blog at www.cancer.net/blog; connect to Cancer.Net’s...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants and Awards Program

ASCO  / April 10, 2015

Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (CCF) is fueling cancer research and pursuing dramatic advances in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and cure of all kinds of cancer. At critical points for researchers, CCF is there with essential funding to power the next ...

Worker Safety When Handling Hazardous Drugs Is Focus of Statement by Oncology Societies

ASCO  / April 10, 2015

ASCO, the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) issued a joint position statement on improving the safety of health-care workers who handle dangerous drugs and other hazardous materials across various health-care settings. The statement offers seven...

2015 Pre–Annual Meeting Seminars Feature Important Topics for Modern Cancer Care Providers

ASCO  / March 25, 2015

ASCO will once again be offering a series of Pre–Annual Meeting Seminars ahead of its 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago. First offered in 2012, the Pre–Annual Meeting Seminars are a series of in-depth educational opportunities dedicated to topics of interest in the oncology community. The seminars are...

ASCO Supports FDA’s Proposed Regulation of Laboratory Developed Tests

ASCO  / March 25, 2015

In comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ASCO expressed its support for the agency’s draft guidance, “Framework for Regulatory Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs).” ASCO also strongly recommends that the agency proceed with regulatory authority in a way that ...

FDA Takes Steps to Simplify Compassionate Use Process, Invites Comment

ASCO  / March 25, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) introduced a more streamlined form for requesting permission for patient access to investigational drugs outside of clinical trials. The new form is available for comment in a draft guidance for industry entitled “Individual Patient Expanded Access Applic...

Beating the Odds in The Big Casino

ASCO  / March 25, 2015

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: Ame...

Helping Patients Understand Palliative Care

ASCO  / March 25, 2015

The booklet Palliative Care: Improving Quality of Life for Patients and Families is one of the latest additions to the ASCO Answers collection of patient education materials developed by ASCO for people with cancer and their caregivers. These materials provide oncologist-approved information in a co...

ASCO’s Patient Resources for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

ASCO  / March 25, 2015

Stock your practice with Cancer.Net resources. Cancer.Net has a comprehensive guide to colorectal cancer at www.cancer.net/colorectal and a shorter, one-page colorectal cancer fact sheet. You will also find specialized resources for survivorship, palliative care, and managing the cost of cancer care...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Researcher Spotlight

ASCO  / March 10, 2015

James D. Murphy, MD, MS, Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, received a 2012 Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) of ASCO Young Investigator Award for his research focusing on access to the delivery of palliative radiation therapy. Dr. M...

Expanding the Reach of ASCO’s Educational Efforts

ASCO  / March 10, 2015

Catherine H. Van Poznak, MD, Associate Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Michigan, uses the skills she learned as a 2010–2011 participant in ASCO’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) to further the Society’s educational efforts through her service on the Professional Development C...

Highlights From the 2014 ASCO Quality Care Symposium

ASCO  / March 10, 2015  / 29943

The 2014 ASCO Quality Care Symposium was held October 17 to 18 in Boston and featured research on combating disparities, improving end-of-life care, and finding opportunities for cost reduction. These highlights have been adapted from ASCO Quality Care Symposium Daily News  (quality.asco.org/dn). P...

Introduce Your Patients to PRE-ACT

ASCO  / March 10, 2015

This free, video-based program, called Preparatory Education About Clinical Trials (PRE-ACT), helps patients and their caregivers learn about clinical trials and address barriers to participation. Direct your patients to cancer.net/preact to learn more about this online resource. Also, visit cancer....

Cost of Care

ASCO Supports HHS Shift Toward Alternative Payment Models

ASCO  / March 10, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced its intention to shift Medicare away from the current fee-for-service model and toward a system that pays providers based on the quality—rather than the quantity—of care they provide their patients. The announcement marks the first...

Highlights From the 2014 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium

ASCO  / March 10, 2015

The inaugural 2014 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium was held October 24 to 25 in Boston. Over 200 abstracts were presented, covering topics such as the integration of palliative care into treatment and the financial hardships facing people living with cancer. The following abstracts were among ...

Molecular Oncology Tumor Boards Invite Discussion of Growing Field in Cancer Care

ASCO  / February 25, 2015

Oncologists and other related health-care providers now have an online platform for the discussion of the growing area of tumor molecular profiling tests and studies. In January, ASCO launched the Molecular Oncology Tumor Boards, a series of monthly user-driven discussions designed to help health-ca...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Researchers Lead Six Key Studies Featured in Clinical Cancer Advances 2015

ASCO  / February 25, 2015

Six of the studies featured in the recently released Clinical Cancer Advances 2015: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer were led by researchers that whom Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) funded early in their careers through its signature Young Investigator Award (YIA) and Career Developm...

ASCO, AACR Call for Regulation of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

ASCO  / February 25, 2015

ASCO and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) released a joint statement in January to guide policymakers as they work to minimize the potential negative consequences of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other electronic nicotine delivery systems. Tobacco use, according to the...

Funding Promising Women Researchers: Women Who Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / February 25, 2015

Tomorrow’s cancer breakthroughs depend on making sure that talented young researchers have the chance to succeed today. Providing early funding for women in clinical oncology research is the singular goal of Women Who Conquer Cancer, a meaningful program of the ASCO-affiliated Conquer Cancer Founda...

Health-Care Issues Front and Center on Capitol Hill, in Statehouses This Year

ASCO  / February 25, 2015

As of January 6, Republicans hold the majority in both houses of the 114th Congress. They hold 54 seats in the U.S. Senate and 245 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the state level, Republicans now hold an increased majority of governorships and legislatures that will consider numerous...

Show Your Patients the Latest Research on Genitourinary Cancers

ASCO  / February 25, 2015

The 2015 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium takes place February 26 to 28 in Orlando, Florida. Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/blog to read about the latest research on prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular, and other genitourinary cancers being presented at the meeting. ■ © 2015. American So...

IOM Report Recommends Guidelines for Sharing Clinical Trial Data

ASCO  / February 25, 2015

A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) provides recommended guidelines about what data should be shared at key times in a clinical trial. In its report, Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Risk, an IOM committee concludes that sharing data is in the public interes...

Cornerstone Spotlight: Frank M. Muller, Jr

ASCO  / February 10, 2015

Frank M. Muller, Jr, the newest member of the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) Cornerstone Planned Giving Society, has a 40-year history of successfully leading investment and high-tech corporations. He served 8 years on active duty in tours to Vietnam. It is rare for him to experience a challenge th...

ASCO Names Advance of the Year, Reviews Top Research Trends

ASCO  / February 10, 2015

In just a year’s time, four new therapies have been approved for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), treatments that are highly effective and far easier for patients to tolerate. These therapies are a major step forward, bringing renewed hope to nearly 120,000 people living with CLL in...

Help Your Patients Understand the Importance of Phase I Clinical Trials

ASCO  / February 10, 2015

Encourage your patients to consider participating in clinical trials, including phase I clinical trials. Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/clinicaltrials for detailed information about the purpose and advantages of clinical trials and why today’s phase I studies are different. On the Cancer.Net...

ASCO Policy Statement Urges Removal of Barriers to Patient Participation in Phase I Clinical Trials

ASCO  / February 10, 2015

ASCO has released a policy statement calling for greater access to and education about phase I clinical trials, the first-in-human studies of new agents designed to fight cancer. In “The Critical Role of Phase I Trials in Cancer Research and Treatment” ASCO policy statement, the Society stresses th...

Cancer.Net Launches PRE-ACT Patient Clinical Trial Education Program

ASCO  / January 25, 2015

Clinical trials are the key to driving advances in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer, yet, it is estimated that only about 5% of patients with cancer participate in clinical trials. That is why Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient-facing educational website, has teamed up with Neal Meropol, M...

Latest ASCO-SEP® Edition Includes 20-Point Maintenance of Certification Course

ASCO  / January 25, 2015

The 4th edition of ASCO-SEP®, ASCO’s self-evaluation program, was released in October and not only includes 21 chapters of up-to-date information on all major cancer types, cancer prevention and more, but now also includes a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Course in addition to its traditional Co...

Palliative Care in the Middle East

ASCO  / January 25, 2015

While some seek peace in the Middle East through political means, others are looking to help patients with cancer find peace through palliative care. This endeavor is bringing oncology professionals together across the region’s national borders and cultural boundaries to implement solutions and impr...

ASCO’s International Palliative Care Workshops

ASCO  / January 25, 2015

ASCO, in collaboration with international oncology societies, hosts International Palliative Care Workshops (IPCWs) designed to teach participants about palliative care best practices. IPCWs share communication strategies (such as how to deliver bad news), pain assessment methods, methods to manage ...

Save the Date: World Cancer Day 2015

ASCO  / January 25, 2015

Have you marked your calendar for World Cancer Day? Each year on February 4, World Cancer Day unites people from across the globe in the fight against cancer. The initiative is organized by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to raise cancer awareness and encourage governments and indi...

New ASCO Study Aims to Learn From Patient Access to Targeted Cancer Drugs Used Off-Label

ASCO  / January 25, 2015

ASCO plans to launch a first-ever study that will offer cancer patients access to molecularly targeted cancer drugs and collect “real-world” data on clinical outcomes to help oncologists learn the best uses of these drugs outside of approved indications. “One of the major challenges to implementing...

Highlights From the 2015 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium

ASCO  / January 25, 2015  / 29938

The 2015 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium was held January 15 to 17. Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/blog to read the latest research on the treatment of colorectal cancer, including what it means for patient care. On the Cancer.Net blog, your patients can also listen to a podcast explainin...

Conquer Cancer Foundation and Michael’s Mission Work Together to Conquer Colorectal Cancer

ASCO  / December 15, 2014

"Nobody tells a 28 year old to get a colonoscopy.” It’s the sad but true reality that many young adults may be at risk for colorectal cancer. Unfortunately, many people, young adults in particular, are not aware of the risk factors and do not get screened early enough to catch the disease when it i...

Looking to the Future: ASCO’s 50th Anniversary Year Comes to a Close

ASCO  / December 15, 2014

Fifty years ago, a group of seven cancer physicians banded together with a single purpose: to improve the care of people with cancer. At the time, cancer was viewed as a monolithic and frequently incurable disease, with only a handful of hard-to-tolerate and mostly ineffective therapies available. S...

Cancer Care Incomplete Without Palliative Care Integration

ASCO  / December 15, 2014

ASCO recognizes that an array of efforts are needed to fully integrate palliative care into the cancer care continuum, and the Society is committed to facilitating the integration of palliative cancer care into existing health-care systems worldwide in order to realize the vision of comprehensive ca...

Don’t Forget: Make Your Year-End Gift to the Conquer Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / December 15, 2014

The end of the year is often a busy time, filled with family, friends, and holiday celebrations. For many, it is also a time to embrace the spirit of giving and make annual donations to favorite charities. The Conquer Cancer Foundation leverages the expertise and passion of ASCO’s members to advanc...

Latest From the Cancer.Net Blog

ASCO  / December 15, 2014

Direct your patients to the Cancer.Net blog for practical tips for living with cancer, suggestions to help patients and families cope with the disease, and research news and guidelines from ASCO. The latest posts include an interview and podcast on the role of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists...

FDA Guidance on the Use of Pathologic Complete Response in Development of New Treatments for High-Risk Early Breast Cancer Includes ASCO Suggestions

ASCO  / December 15, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final Guidance for Industry on Pathologic Complete Response in Neoadjuvant Treatment of High-Risk Early-Stage Breast Cancer incorporates two changes that ASCO had proposed in comments submitted to the agency on a draft guidance issued in 2012. The guida...

ASCO Institute for Quality Launches New CancerLinQ Microsite

ASCO  / December 15, 2014

ASCO has launched CancerLinQ.org to house all news and information about this cutting-edge health information technology platform that will provide real-time quality feedback to providers, uncover patterns that can improve care, and feed personalized decision support to physicians. Learn how the pl...

ASCO Announces Top 5 Advances in Modern Oncology

ASCO  / December 1, 2014

To mark ASCO’s 50th anniversary, the Society called on the oncology community to select the five most pivotal advances in cancer research and patient care over the past 50 years. Now, with more than 2,000 votes cast, ASCO has announced the results on CancerProgress.Net, its interactive website on th...

Why They Voted: Comments From the Oncology Community

ASCO  / December 1, 2014

1965: MOPP chemotherapy cures Hodgkin lymphoma “This was the clearest proof of concept that cancer was/is curable. It gave great impulse to therapeutic research that ultimately improved outcomes in breast, colon, kidney cancer, the leukemias, and most childhood malignancies.” 2006: HPV vaccine ap...

Top 5 Features of ASCO’s Newly Redesigned Patient Education Website Highlighted

ASCO  / December 1, 2014

ASCO recently launched a new and redesigned version of Cancer.Net, its patient-facing website that includes timely, comprehensive, and oncologist-approved information. With support from the Conquer Cancer Foundation, Cancer.Net is able to bring the expertise and resources of ASCO to your patients an...

New ASCO Survivorship Care Plan Template Is Simpler, Faster for Health-Care Providers

ASCO  / December 1, 2014

ASCO has issued a new template for health-care professionals to use when providing a survivorship care plan to patients who have completed curative cancer therapy. The survivorship care plan contains important information about treatment the patient received, the patient’s need for future checkups a...

Charting the Successes: CancerProgress.Net Chronicles More Than 50 Years of ASCO and Progress Against Cancer

ASCO  / December 1, 2014

On this historic year, as ASCO proudly commemorates its 50th anniversary and decades of evolutionary change and growth, it also celebrates the significant progress that has been made against cancer throughout history. ASCO’s anniversary website, CancerProgress.Net, chronicles these achievements and ...

Now in Spanish on Cancer.Net:  Managing Your Weight After a Cancer Diagnosis, and More!

ASCO  / December 1, 2014

ASCO booklet to help patients learn how to manage weight gain after a cancer diagnosis is now available in Spanish. In addition, new information in Spanish has been added to Cancer.Net on obesity, weight, and cancer risk, as well as articles on nutrition and physical activity. Your patients can down...

Interviews With Candidates for 2015-2016 ASCO President-Elect

ASCO  / November 15, 2014

The ASCO Nominating Committee has selected Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO, and Patrick J. Loehrer, Sr, MD, FASCO, as candidates for the position of 2015-2016 President-Elect (2016-2017 President). In the abridged interviews below, the candidates discuss their vision for the Society and their leadership ...

ASCO Submits Comments to NIH on Data Standards in Biomedical Science

ASCO  / November 15, 2014

ASCO has submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health regarding the role of data standards in biomedical science. The comments were in response to a Request for Information from the National Cancer Institute, Input on Information Resources for Data-Related Standards Widely Used in Biomedi...

Help Your Patients Learn How to Navigate Common Challenges

ASCO  / November 15, 2014

ASCO’s latest video series, Navigating Challenges: Perspectives from Survivors and Doctors, available at www.cancer.net/navigatingchallenges, offers information for people newly diagnosed with cancer who are facing real-world barriers to high-quality cancer care. In the four featured videos, health ...

ASCO Members Reflect on ‘Lessons From Chernobyl’

ASCO  / November 15, 2014

As part of ASCO’s 50th anniversary, the Society has published a weekly series on special moments in its history. In this edition of The ASCO Post, we revisit a unique time when ASCO’s history intersected with major world events. To read the entire series, visit the “News and Views” page on CancerPro...

A Gift for Your List: A Donation to Help Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / November 15, 2014

Whether it’s the approaching end of the tax year or simply the altruism of the season, many donors prefer to make charitable gifts in November and December. This year, those donors who have a passion for conquering cancer have an added incentive to consider a tax deductible year-end gift to the Con...

Despite Potential to Overwhelm, Surveys Still Essential Research Tool

ASCO  / November 1, 2014

The age of the Internet and worldwide connectivity has made it easier than ever to send out surveys to a wide audience quickly and easily. This ease of access can make surveys an affordable and readily available research tool for independent investigators, but it can also make surveys an inbox-crowd...

Progress Against Cancer: A Snapshot

ASCO  / November 1, 2014

Five decades ago, cancer was viewed as a monolithic and largely untreatable disease, with only a handful of hard-to-tolerate and mostly ineffective therapies available. Since that time, major U.S. investments in cancer research have led to dramatic improvements in our biologic understanding of cance...

Illumination and Innovation: Transforming Data Into Learning

Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO  / November 1, 2014

"Illumination” is a provocative word, evoking as it does the banishment of the darkness of ignorance by the light of new knowledge. Today, we are benefiting from a steady stream of new knowledge about the molecular basis of cancer and the interaction between host and tumor immunology. The concept of...

ASCO Recruits Members to Help Improve Access to Colorectal Cancer Screening, Follow-up Care

ASCO  / November 1, 2014

ASCO is among the medical professional societies supporting the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) by recruiting physician leaders from within its membership for a pilot program called Links of Care. The program was established to promote health equity and to improve access to colorectal ...

Latest Patient Booklet From ASCO and Cancer.Net: Palliative Care

ASCO  / November 1, 2014

ASCO Answer’s new Palliative Care booklet teaches patients and their families about this specialized area of medicine, explaining the difference between palliative care and hospice care and how palliative care is more than receiving a drug to ease physical symptoms. The booklet also includes questio...

Fellows’ Expectations of Work-Life Balance Not in Line With Realities of Practice

ASCO  / October 15, 2014

Oncology fellows just years away from entering the profession full time may have unrealistic expectations of their future career, according to data published recently in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study by Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and colleagues fou...

For Your Patients: Video Series for Newly Diagnosed Patients on Navigating Common Challenges to Quality Care

ASCO  / October 15, 2014

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recently launched a new video series for people newly diagnosed with cancer through its patient education website, Cancer.Net. This initiative was made possible by a grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation to the Conquer Cancer Foundation. After a cance...

New Series Features Interviews With Authors of JCO and JOP Research

ASCO  / October 15, 2014

Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) and Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) “Exclusive Coverage” summaries, available on ASCO.org and ASCO Connection, are designed to provide quick insight and additional author perspectives on select recently published studies. Based on interviews conducted with the l...

The Latest Information for Patients From ASCO’s Symposia

ASCO  / October 15, 2014

The 2014 ASCO Quality Care Symposium is taking place this week, from October 17 to 18, and the new Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium is next week, from October 24 to 25. Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/blog to learn what the research announced prior to the symposia means and how it relate...

ASCO, AACR Urge FDA to Regulate All Tobacco Products—Including E-Cigarettes

ASCO  / October 15, 2014

ASCO and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) sent a joint letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to regulate electronic cigarettes, cigars, and all other tobacco products and to strengthen the proposed regulations for newly deemed products. The letter...

CMS Announces ICD-10 Testing Weeks in Preparation for October 1, 2015, Compliance Deadline

ASCO  / October 15, 2014

Leading up to the October 1, 2015 ICD-10 compliance deadline, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the following three ICD-10 testing weeks: November 17 to 21, 2014 March 2 to 6, 2015 June 1 to 5, 2015 These weeks are intended to create provider interest and awa...

ASCO President Peter P. Yu, MD, FASCO, Discusses CancerLinQ at Stanford  Medicine X Conference

ASCO  / October 15, 2014

ASCO President Peter P. Yu, MD, FASCO, recently delivered a talk entitled “Learning from Every Patient” at the 2014 Stanford Medicine X Conference. Dr. Yu’s presentation focused on CancerLinQ and ASCO’s vision for using big data to drive progress in cancer care. To view Dr. Yu’s presentation, go to ...

ASCO Seeks Editor for New Global Oncology Journal

ASCO  / October 15, 2014

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is seeking candidates for the position of founding Editor-in-Chief for a new online-only, open-access journal focusing on cancer care, research, and care delivery issues unique to limited health-care resource countries and settings. The new journal wi...

ASCO Launches New Publication for Oncology Trainees and Early-Career Professionals

ASCO  / September 15, 2014

In February 2014, ASCO launched a new member publication, ASCO Connection: Trainee & Early-Career Oncologists. This quarterly magazine-style publication is dedicated to topics of interest to medical students, interns, residents, fellows, and junior faculty. All ASCO Student/Non-Oncology Residen...

Issue Highlights

ASCO  / September 15, 2014

Career and Training Transitioning From Fellowship to Career: Expectations vs Reality Start Expanding Your Oncology Network Today: Five Tips to Get You Networking Mentoring for New Community Physicians: The Toledo Clinic Experience Don’t Call Your Program Director “Dude”… and Other Tips for Mai...

A Vision That Endured: Celebrating ASCO’s Founders

ASCO  / September 15, 2014

As 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), it seems only appropriate to highlight the founders of the Society and the vision they shared for its future. The 1960s were the early days of the use of chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer,...

CMS Approval, New Platform Making QOPI® Participation Easier

ASCO  / September 15, 2014

ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) is transforming to meet the reporting needs of its members. The approval of new reporting pathways by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), along with a new QOPI platform, will offer new opportunities for practices participating or ...

ASCO to Participate in 2014 Rally for Medical Research Hill Day

ASCO  / September 15, 2014

ASCO volunteers will be participating in the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day in Washington, DC, on September 18 to help bring attention to the need for a sustained federal investment in the National Institutes of Health. This will be the second year that ASCO, a gold sponsor of the event and me...

September Is Conquer Cancer Foundation Challenge Month

ASCO  / September 15, 2014

At the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Conquer Cancer Foundation Board Member Raj Mantena, RPh, announced that for the coming year he would match individual donations to the Conquer Cancer Foundation up to $1 million, allowing meeting attendees the opportunity to do...

ASCO University’s New Cancer Genetics Program

ASCO  / September 15, 2014

Over the past decade, ASCO has launched multiple initiatives on cancer genetics that complement the rapid progress in the field. These initiatives have resulted in educational offerings and policy recommendations that have improved both preventive and therapeutic options for patients with cancer and...

New Cancer.Net Fact Sheets Now Available for Your Practice

ASCO  / September 15, 2014

Be sure to check out Cancer.Net’s latest ASCO Answers fact sheet titles on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and metastatic breast cancer. These one-page (front and back) introductions to a variety of topics include an overview, illustrations, terms to know, and questions to ask the doctor. Find ...

A Conversation With Lidia Schapira, MD, the New JCO Art of Oncology Editor

ASCO  / September 1, 2014

The popular Art of Oncology (AOO) section of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) brings a human perspective to the art and science of practicing oncology. Lidia Schapira, MD, FASCO, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, became the Art of Oncology Editor...

#WeConquerCancer: Creative Fundraisers From Committed Conquerors

ASCO  / September 1, 2014

Conquer Cancer Foundation donors are a consistently creative bunch when it comes to encouraging others to help conquer cancer: Tyler invited his friends and family to a charity spin class; elementary school students in Malibu, California, sold bracelets in honor of their principal; Steve competed in...

ASCO Experts Discuss the Latest Advances in Breast Cancer Care

ASCO  / September 1, 2014

The 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium will take place September 4 to 6. Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/blog to listen to ASCO Experts explain some of the research announced prior to the meeting and discuss what this research means for patient care. They can also read a summary of the research hi...

A World Free From the Fear of Cancer—Is It Possible?

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP  / September 1, 2014

By every definition, ASCO’s 50th Annual Meeting was a huge success. The halls were buzzing as nearly 35,000 attendees shared excitement about cancer research.   This was a banner year for federally funded clinical trials—all four of the abstracts selected for ASCO’s Plenary Session were backed by f...

ASCO Offers Input on 21st Century Cures PCAST White Paper

ASCO  / September 1, 2014

ASCO submitted a letter to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee responding to the committee’s second white paper on its 21st Century Cures Initiative, 21st Century Cures: An Update on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) 2012 Report on Propelling Innovation. ...

Registration Open for the Community Research Forum Annual Meeting

ASCO  / September 1, 2014

Registration is open for the ASCO Community Research Forum Annual Meeting, September 28 to 29, 2014, at ASCO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Join fellow community-based researchers to discuss barriers and develop solutions to common challenges faced in the community research setting. This mee...

ASCO Launches the ASCO in Action Beat

ASCO  / September 1, 2014

ASCO has launched the ASCO in Action Beat, an e-newsletter specifically focused on the latest news and updates related to cancer policy from ASCO in Action. The ASCO in Action Beat provides a snapshot of the most significant news and updates in cancer policy, ASCO’s ongoing advocacy efforts, and opp...

Our First Charge: Fostering the Next Generation of Oncologists and Cancer Researchers

ASCO  / August 15, 2014

Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, FASCO, is Co-Director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, a Full Member of the Divisions of Public Health Sciences and Clinical Research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Pharmacy at the Universi...

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Approves QOPI® as Pathway for Federally Required Quality Reporting

ASCO  / August 15, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) as a pathway for oncologists to meet the agency’s quality reporting requirements. Starting in the fall of 2014, oncology practices registered with QOPI will have the opportunity to f...

Proposed 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rules Released

ASCO  / August 15, 2014

On July 3, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rules for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System for 2015. The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule, which is titled “Medicare Program: Revisions to Payme...

ASCO Launches Online Resource to Help Oncologists Understand the Impact of the Affordable Care Act

ASCO  / August 15, 2014

This year, major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 are being implemented, with far-reaching impacts on health-care providers and patients. In addition to implementing requirements under the new law, oncology practices are treating considerably more patients with ne...

Order ASCO Answers Guides to Cancer for Your Practice

ASCO  / August 15, 2014

The ASCO Answers guides to breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers are designed to help patients newly diagnosed with these cancers understand their diagnosis and the treatment options. These comprehensive, patient-friendly booklets contain trusted information about the diagnosis, treatment, ...

ASCO Celebrates Oncology Luminaries for 50th Anniversary

ASCO  / August 15, 2014

In the 50 years since the American Society of Clinical Oncology was founded, the treatment of cancer has advanced dramatically, due to the work of researchers making important scientific breakthroughs, physicians responsible for delivering those advances to patients, and countless others who contrib...

Illumination to Innovation: Transforming Data Into Learning

ASCO  / July 25, 2014

“Illumination” is a provocative word, evoking as it does the banishment of the darkness of ignorance by the light of new knowledge. Today, we are benefiting from a steady stream of new knowledge about the molecular basis of cancer and the interaction between host and tumor immunology. The concept of...

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

ASCO  / July 25, 2014

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 ...

ASCO’s Cancer Survivorship Compendium Offers Oncologists Help With Survivorship Care

ASCO  / July 25, 2014

It has been almost 10 years since the Institute of Medicine released its influential report, “From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition,” in which it stressed that all patients completing cancer treatment should receive a survivorship care plan. Since then, the need to help transit...

ASCO Invites Widespread Use of Federally Funded Research Badge

ASCO  / July 25, 2014

To raise awareness of the importance of federally funded biomedical research that improves the lives of people worldwide, ASCO has created a badge that organizations and individuals can use to publicize research that has received federal funding. To use the Federally Funded Research badge, organiza...

Look for Changes to Cancer.Net’s Design and Navigation

ASCO  / July 25, 2014

Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website, is in the process of updating the design and is now offering an easier way to navigate the site. Based on extensive testing, the site’s new look and feel is designed to improve each user’s experience. The changes will keep Cancer.Net up-to-date with th...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Past Grant Recipients Present Research Advances in Melanoma and Ovarian Cancer at 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / July 25, 2014

The Conquer Cancer Foundation has an excellent track record of finding and funding the most promising young investigators. Past recipients Joyce F. Liu, MD, MPH, and Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, received funding from the Conquer Cancer Foundation early in their career and at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting p...

2014 Breast Cancer Symposium to Focus on Collaborative Learning

ASCO  / July 10, 2014

ASCO’s educational symposia have historically provided attendees with a forum for learning and discussion, demonstrating ASCO’s commitment to promoting a network of global oncology expertise. The 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium, to be held in San Francisco from Thursday, September 4, to Saturday, Septe...

Newly Updated: Cancer Survivorship

ASCO  / July 10, 2014

This latest ASCO Answers guide helps patients transition into life after active treatment has finished. In addition to information on the challenges survivors may face and the importance of follow-up care, it includes a blank treatment summary and survivorship care form that patients can fill out wi...

2001 Young Investigator Award Recipient Pasi Jänne, MD, PhD,  Presents Research on Promising New Therapy for Treatment-Resistant NSCLC

ASCO  / July 10, 2014

At the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting, Pasi Jänne, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, presented findings from a phase I study of AZD9291, a new mutant-selective EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor that offers a promising new treatment option for patients ...

Be Counted in 2014 ASCO National Oncology Census— No Login Information Required

ASCO  / July 10, 2014

Please be counted in this year’s ASCO National Oncology Census—the only annual survey of the entire oncology community that aims to capture and describe changes in cancer care over time. Through the 2013 census, more than 8,000 oncologists in community practices, hospitals, and academic medical cen...

ASCO to Hold Community Research Forum Annual Meeting in September

ASCO  / July 10, 2014

Join fellow community-based researchers at the ASCO Community Research Forum Annual Meeting, September 28 to 29, 2014, at ASCO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. As part of ASCO’s efforts to support community-based researchers, this meeting provides a unique opportunity to discuss barriers and d...

Congress Salutes ASCO’s 50th Anniversary on House Floor

ASCO  / June 25, 2014

On May 8, 2014, the House of Representatives held a Special Order in honor of ASCO as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Brian Higgins (D-NY), Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) spoke during the Special Order, which took place on the House ...

Cancer Organizations Honor Congressmen for Cancer Research Advocacy

ASCO  / June 25, 2014

ASCO joined three other organizations on May 7 to honor U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA) for their support of cancer research. With the American Association for Cancer Research, Association of American Cancer Institutes, and Friends of Cancer Research, ASCO laude...

Help Your Patients Catch Up on the Latest Research From the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / June 25, 2014

Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/blog for podcasts with ASCO experts discussing the research that was presented at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting. This series of “Research Round Up” podcasts provides the latest information on treatment and care for people with cancer and will help your patients ...

ASCO’s Patient Information Website, Cancer.Net, Undergoes Redesign

ASCO  / June 25, 2014

ASCO is committed to providing people with cancer and their caregivers with top quality educational information and resources to help them manage their cancer care, treatment, and survivorship. This ongoing commitment is best reflected in its patient-facing educational website, Cancer.Net (www.cance...

Videos Tell Stories of 50 Years of Progress Against Cancer

ASCO  / June 25, 2014

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 agains...

ASCO Takes Aim at the Link Between Obesity and Cancer

ASCO  / June 10, 2014

ASCO is stepping up its efforts to address the link between obesity and cancer—both as a leading cause of cancer and as a complicating factor for treatment. In recent years, research has demonstrated that a growing number of cancers are linked to obesity, and public health researchers predict that ...

Explore Cancer Care That Best Supports Patients and Families at the Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium

ASCO  / June 10, 2014

Palliative care is essential to good cancer care, but it is a topic that can raise red flags because of the common misperception that it is reserved for those in the terminal stage of the disease. In truth, palliative care is highly necessary for all patients with cancer, and when it is integrated i...

ASCO’s Latest Breast Cancer Guidelines

ASCO  / June 10, 2014

On Cancer.Net, your patients can find information about ASCO’s new guidelines on the treatment of metastatic breast cancer and the updated guideline on hormone therapy for early-stage breast cancer. Each summary for patients provides an explanation of the recommendations, what they mean for patients...

ASCO Immediate Past President Hudis Urges Congress to Invest in Medical Research

ASCO  / June 10, 2014

In April, ASCO Immediate Past President Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, urged Congress to recognize the need for further investment in medical research to protect this valuable infrastructure in testimony submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. The testimony provided examples of how f...

ICD-10 Adoption Requirements Delayed for 1 Year

ASCO  / June 10, 2014

The legislation signed into law in early April creating another patch for the fundamentally flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for reimbursing physicians under Medicare also delays the adoption of International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition (ICD-10) coding system, which will ful...

Conquer Cancer Foundation and Strike 3 Foundation Work Together to Conquer Pediatric Cancers

ASCO  / May 15, 2014

Envision a world where a diagnosis of pediatric cancer is met with the same reaction as a diagnosis of the common cold. In this idyllic world, the word “cancer” no longer carries with it the same traumatic response or stigma that it does today.  This hopeful vision is what drives Craig Breslow in h...

ASCO Launches New Resources for Providers and Patients to Address Link Between Obesity and Cancer

ASCO  / May 15, 2014

As the obesity epidemic takes its toll on the nation’s health, ASCO is making strides to address this growing concern as it relates to cancer. ASCO has developed a suite of educational resources designed to help oncology providers educate their patients about the negative effects of obesity on cance...

Visit the Conquer Cancer Foundation Donor Lounge at the ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / May 15, 2014  / 29944

The work that we do at the Conquer Cancer Foundation would not be possible without the support of generous donors who share our vision to create a world free from the fear of cancer. Conquer Cancer Foundation supporters are invited to visit the Donor Lounge during the ASCO Annual Meeting, held May 3...

Help Your Patients Understand the Latest Research to be Highlighted at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / May 15, 2014  / 29944

Direct your patients to Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website, to find easy-to-read summaries of studies released on May 14 in advance of this year’s Annual Meeting. In addition, encourage them to listen to a panel discussion and Q&A session about these latest advances in a recording of...

We Need Your Vote: History’s Top 5 Cancer Research Achievements

ASCO  / May 1, 2014

Throughout the year, we are celebrating not only ASCO’s 50th anniversary, but also the tremendous progress achieved against cancer in the last 50 years. Thanks to the dedication and contributions of patients and researchers, and our nation’s long-standing commitment to funding clinical research, pat...

Enhance Your ASCO Annual Meeting Experience With Attendee Resources

ASCO  / May 1, 2014

At the end of the month, more than 25,000 oncology professionals from around the world will meet in Chicago for the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting. Will you be joining this global community? As you’re beginning to consider what to pack for your trip, keep in mind that you have a host of electronic resourc...

Help Your Patients Learn About Collecting Family Cancer History

ASCO  / May 1, 2014

Based on ASCO’s recent recommendations, Cancer.Net has provided your patients with an article and an infographic on the importance of collecting family cancer history, what information to collect, what it can mean, and when and with whom to share this information. Direct your patients to www.cancer....

ASCO Urges CMS to Require Medicare Advantage Coverage for Clinical Trials

ASCO  / May 1, 2014

ASCO and 20 other organizations representing people impacted by serious or life-threatening diseases, specialty providers, and research professionals are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to correct a long-standing inequity in Medicare coverage by requiring that Medicare ...

ASCO Releases Quality Assessment  Tool for Community-Based  Research Sites

ASCO  / May 1, 2014

ASCO’s Community Research Forum has released the ASCO Research Program Quality Assessment Tool, designed to help community-based practices to assess their research programs. Quality Components The new tool provides an overview of important components of an internal quality assessment program as we...

ASCO Rolls Out Support for Changes in Maintenance of Certification Requirements

ASCO  / May 1, 2014

Big changes came to the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program requirements in 2014. As of January 1, all diplomates, including “grandfathers” (or those certified before 1990 who are “board-certified for life”), must actively participate in MOC activi...

Amended 2013 Conflicts of Interest Policy Expands Requirements for Financial Disclosures

ASCO  / April 15, 2014

The Society’s 2013 Policy for Relationships with Companies is scheduled to go into effect on April 22, with one large change to its original requirements. The policy will still require the full disclosure of all financial relationships by all authors; however, since announcing the new policy in Apri...

Become a Cornerstone of the Conquer Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / April 15, 2014

Have you given any thought to the legacy you would like to leave? For many of you, your professional legacy will include the patients you have cared for, the research you have conducted, the students you have mentored, and the lives you have touched in the world of cancer care. You also have your pe...

Science and Society: Register to Attend the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / April 15, 2014  / 29944

Join oncology professionals from around the world for the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting, which will be held May 30 through June 3 in Chicago. This year’s meeting will offer opportunities to learn about, debate, and discuss practice-changing advances in the field, and also highlight promising clinical and...

ASCO Calls for Clear Guidance on Tobacco Cessation Benefits in the Affordable Care Act

ASCO  / April 15, 2014

ASCO has signed a joint letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for clear and comprehensive guidance on the tobacco cessation benefit in the Affordable Care Act regulations. In the letter, the organizations applaud the Department of Health and Human...

ASCO Signs Joint Open Letter to End Tobacco Sales

ASCO  / April 15, 2014

ASCO has joined 26 of the nation’s leading public health and medical organizations in signing a joint letter calling on drug stores and other retailers to end the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The open letter came just weeks after CVS Caremark announced it would stop selling tobacc...

Help Your Patients Learn About Their Cancer Care Team

ASCO  / April 15, 2014

On the Cancer.Net Blog, your patients can read about the various health professionals involved in their diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship and listen to podcasts with these professionals discussing their roles in caring for people with cancer. This month, the Cancer.Net Blog highlighted physicia...

Charting the Successes: CancerProgress.Net Chronicles More Than 50 Years of ASCO and Progress Against Cancer

ASCO  / March 15, 2014

On this historic year, as ASCO proudly commemorates its 50th anniversary and decades of evolutionary change and growth, it also celebrates the significant progress that has been made against cancer throughout history. ASCO’s anniversary website, CancerProgress.Net, chronicles these achievements and ...

ASCO Holds Leadership Summit to Address Value in Cancer Care, Cost of Cancer Drugs and Technologies

ASCO  / March 15, 2014

ASCO convened a leadership summit in late January with pharmaceutical representatives, insurance payers, patient advocates, and physicians to initiate a dialogue on the challenge of defining value in cancer care. This meeting was held amid growing concerns about the sustainability of continued incre...

ASCO’s Membership Grows to Nearly 35,000

ASCO  / March 15, 2014

ASCO has much to celebrate this year—namely, the Society’s 50th Anniversary. This occasion brings with it many other notable milestones. 2014 is a prime time to reflect on the remarkable growth of ASCO, from seven founders and 51 physicians at its first Annual Meeting to nearly 35,000 members around...

Stay Up-to-Date on New Patient Materials From Cancer.Net

ASCO  / March 15, 2014

Encourage your patients to use social media to stay-up-to-date with the new resources available on Cancer.Net. It is easier than ever for patients to get the latest cancer information on their computer or mobile device by subscribing to the Cancer.Net Blog at www.cancer.net/blog, or on Cancer.Net’s...

Issues in Oncology

Major Cancer Milestones in History, From ASCO’s CancerProgress.Net

The ASCO Post  / March 15, 2014

To help tell the story of progress against cancer, ASCO launched CancerProgress.Net in 2011. The site is intended as a resource for media, policymakers, oncologists, advocates, and the public. One central feature of the site is an interactive timeline of major milestones in cancer treatment, prevent...

Amplifying the Signal: Foundation Donor Takes His Advocacy Into the Twittersphere

ASCO  / March 1, 2014

Michael A. Thompson, MD, PhD, a Medical Oncologist for Aurora Cancer Care and the Medical Director of Early Cancer Research at Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, has become something of an expert on the Conquer Cancer Foundation. It began in 2006, when he received a Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO ...

Connecting to Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / March 1, 2014

Do you share our passion to conquer cancer? Connect with the Conquer Cancer Foundation online to receive up-to-the-minute news and events, researcher spotlights, videos, and updates on progress against cancer worldwide. Visit our website to learn more about our mission and the programs we support: ...

ASCO to Release Report on the State of Cancer Care in America

ASCO  / March 1, 2014

ASCO is committed to ensuring that Americans have access to high-quality, high-value cancer prevention and treatment services—and that all patients benefit fully from our nation’s investments in cancer research. In mid-March, the Society will be releasing The State of Cancer Care in America: 2014, a...

Cancer Progress in Jeopardy: Stories From the Front Lines

ASCO  / March 1, 2014

ASCO is exploring what is happening on the front lines in the laboratory and the clinic due to the shrinking federal funding for cancer research and clinical trials with a series of stories about oncologists. The series is posted on ASCO.org (www.asco.org/nihfunding). In the first article, Robert C...

Updated Information on Clinical Trials

ASCO  / March 1, 2014

Your patients can learn about clinical trials in a variety of ways at www.cancer.net/clinicaltrials. The articles available explain what clinical trials are, how they are used to learn more about cancer care, and how they are conducted. In addition, your patients can read a new article explaining h...

Serving the Underserved: Dr. Gina Villani and ASCO’s Health Disparities Committee Work to Minimize Cancer Care Gaps

ASCO  / February 15, 2014

It has been a little over a decade since the Institute of Medicine landmark report Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care found overwhelming evidence of racial disparities in the U.S. health-care system. Since then, ASCO has been dedicated to minimizing these dis...

ASCO Turns Attention to Community Researchers With Community Research Forum

ASCO  / February 15, 2014

The implementation of clinical trials and quality research programs by community-based investigators and research staff is one of the most effective weapons available in the fight against cancer. The ASCO Community Research Forum was designed in support of this mission and to aid these professionals...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Launches New Planned Giving Website

ASCO  / February 15, 2014

In November of 2013, the Conquer Cancer Foundation partnered with the Stelter Company—one of the leaders of planned giving resources in the nonprofit community—to launch a new planned giving portal on the Foundation’s website. The planned giving portal focuses on the variety of ways individuals can...

Charting the Successes: CancerProgress.Net Chronicles More Than 50 Years of ASCO and Progress Against Cancer

ASCO  / February 15, 2014

On this historic year, as ASCO proudly commemorates its 50th anniversary and decades of evolutionary change and growth, it also celebrates the significant progress that has been made against cancer throughout history. ASCO’s anniversary website, CancerProgress.Net, chronicles these achievements and ...

It’s Time to Reignite Our Nation’s Commitment to Cancer Research

ASCO  / February 15, 2014

As 2014 rolls in, ASCO is calling for a renewed commitment to federal funding of cancer research. In a letter sent to House and Senate Appropriations leaders, ASCO urged Congress to use spending levels in the recently passed budget to set the highest possible funding level for the National Institute...

ASCO Member Helps to Strengthen Cancer Care Internationally Through Philanthropy and Volunteer Service

ASCO  / February 1, 2014

Ian F. Tannock, MD, PhD, DSc, FASCO, Professor of Medical Oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital and University of Toronto, has long been an advocate for ASCO as a truly global society and a leader in cancer care worldwide. It’s something he encouraged during his time on ASCO’s Board of Directors, a...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Funds Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries for the First Time

ASCO  / February 1, 2014

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology has announced the four recipients of the inaugural 2014 International Innovation Grant, which is a new program that underscores the Foundation’s continued commitment to improving the care of patients worldwide. The 1-year gra...

Cancer.Net’s Newest Resource—the Cancer.Net Blog

ASCO  / February 1, 2014

Starting this year, Cancer.Net added a new interactive blog to its list of resources. Using the blog, Cancer.Net will be able to share information in a more timely manner and respond to current events, including breaking news about cancer advances and other topics important to people affected by can...

Nearly 40 Practices Receive QOPI® Recertification for High-Quality Cancer Care

ASCO  / February 1, 2014

Nearly 40 practices have achieved certification through the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program (QCP™) for a second 3-year term. The QOPI Certification Program began certifying practices in 2010 and is now seeing the first wave of practices applying for a second term. ...

ASCO Proposes New Framework for Medicare Reimbursement

ASCO  / February 1, 2014

In the fifth installment of the Physician Payment Reform Educational Series, ASCO presents an alternative for oncology reimbursement that recognizes and rewards high-quality, high-value care for patients with cancer. ASCO hopes this proposal will spark conversation within the oncology community and ...

ASCO Celebrates 50 Years of Advancing Progress Against Cancer

ASCO  / January 15, 2014

Fifty years ago, cancer was viewed as a monolithic and largely untreatable disease, with only a handful of hard-to-tolerate and mostly ineffective therapies available. Stigma and silence left many patients with cancer with little support or information. Determined to change this, a group of seven ca...

ASCO, AACR, and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Urge FDA Prohibition of Menthol Cigarettes

ASCO  / January 15, 2014

ASCO has sent joint letters with both the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging that the agency establish regulations to eliminate menthol in cigarettes. The agency is currently considering prohi...

ASCO Honors New Group of Members With FASCO Distinction

ASCO  / January 15, 2014

Formerly called the ASCO Statesman Award, 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, t...

Cancer.Net Launches New Brand of Printed Materials With Four Guides to Cancer

ASCO  / January 15, 2014

During the second half of 2013, four new guides to cancer, known collectively as the ASCO Answers Guides to Cancer, were released on Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website. The guides to breast, prostate, lung, and colorectal cancer were completely redesigned and reimagined to help newly dia...

The Latest Gastrointestinal Cancer News for Patients

ASCO  / January 15, 2014

The 2014 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium is taking place now. Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/gisymposium for summaries of the research being highlighted, including what the latest research means for their care. Your patients can also download or listen to a podcast with an ASCO expert exp...

The Conquer Cancer Foundation Celebrates 15 Years of Funding ASCO and Cancer Progress

ASCO  / January 15, 2014

While ASCO celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014, the Conquer Cancer Foundation is also marking a milestone: its 15th anniversary and longtime dedication to improving the lives of people who have been touched by cancer. To accelerate progress against cancer, ASCO established the Foundation in 1999...

ASCO Resources for Transitioning to ICD-10

ASCO  / January 15, 2014

ASCO has developed resources to educate and assist oncology practices in transitioning to the 10th Edition of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) coding system. Practices are encouraged to prepare for the transition before the October 1, 20...

Clinical Cancer Advances 2013: ASCO's Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer

ASCO  / December 15, 2013

The Society has recently published Clinical Cancer Advances 2013: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer, a comprehensive review of progress in clinical cancer research that has come to fruition in 2013. The report highlights advances across the entire continuum of cancer care, from prevent...

Newly Updated: Managing the Cost of Cancer Care

ASCO  / December 15, 2013

Managing the Cost of Cancer Care explains the various costs associated with cancer treatment, including health-care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. It also provides a list of financial resources available to help offset expenses related to care and tips for organizing financial paperwork. ...

Conquer Cancer Foundation–Funded Research Identified Among Top Cancer Advances of 2013

ASCO  / December 15, 2013

The recently released Clinical Cancer Advances 2013: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer, highlights the most impactful advances in clinical cancer research of the year, and this year’s report identifies two studies that were funded by the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Advances in Targeted...

A New Gift to Add to Your List—One to Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / December 15, 2013

Conquering cancer requires the commitment, talent, and resources of all members of our community. It requires the innovation of researchers and the insight of clinicians, the courage of our worldwide community of patients and survivors, and it requires the generosity of everyone who believes in a wo...

ASCO’s Innovative Quality Improvement Programs Highlighted at Symposium

ASCO  / December 15, 2013

Several presentations at the 2013 Quality Care Symposium demonstrated the current and potential impact of ASCO’s initiatives to achieve higher-quality cancer care with better outcomes for patients. Key presentations at the conference centered on the development of ASCO’s ground-breaking “big data” ...

Why We Give: ASCO Staff Members on Why They Support the Conquer Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / December 1, 2013

Lynne Blasi, Director, Patient Education and Advocacy, ASCO Why do you choose to support the Conquer Cancer Foundation? I support the Conquer Cancer Foundation because of the tremendous impact it has across so many vital areas. From funding grants for young researchers with innovative ideas, helpi...

A New Gift to Add to Your List—One to Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / December 1, 2013

Conquering cancer requires the commitment, talent, and resources of all members of our community. It requires the innovation of researchers and the insight of clinicians, the courage of our worldwide community of patients and survivors, and it requires the generosity of everyone who believes in a wo...

Sunshine Act Reporting: ASCO Encourages Members to Get Prepared, Stay Educated 

ASCO  / December 1, 2013

On August 1 of this year, requirements of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, or Open Payments, went into effect. The legislation, passed as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was designed to create greater transparency around financial relationships between physicians, teachin...

More Than 200 Practices Now QOPI® Certified for Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care

ASCO  / December 1, 2013

ASCO and its affiliate, the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program (QCP™), have announced that more than 200 practices have received certification. Since its start in 2010, the QOPI Certification Program has evaluated individual outpatient oncology practice performance in...

Your Patients Can Learn More with Videos on Specific Cancer Topics

ASCO  / December 1, 2013

On www.cancer.net/videos, your patients can view ASCO members discussing many different cancer topics. By using the drop-down menu on that page, patients can choose from several categories of videos. Topics include the basics of cancer care, tests and treatments, side effects, and survivorship. Ther...

ASCO Reconfirms Commitment to Choosing Wisely® Campaign 

ASCO  / November 15, 2013

In collaboration with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign, ASCO recently released a second “Top Five” opportunities list of common practices or procedures in oncology whose clinical value is not supported by available evidence and if eliminated, can ...

New Recommendations on HER2 Testing and Colorectal Cancer Follow-up Care

ASCO  / November 15, 2013

The latest additions to Cancer.Net’s patient-friendly versions of ASCO’s Clinical Practice Guidelines include guidance on HER2 testing, as well as an endorsement of colorectal cancer follow-up care recommendations from Cancer Care Ontario. ASCO Care and Treatment Recommendations (formerly called Wha...

Celebrating 30 Years of Mentorship That Makes a Difference

ASCO  / November 15, 2013

The Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) Grants and Awards Program has been instrumental in helping launch the careers of hundreds of aspiring cancer researchers around the world over the past 30 years. Since the first grant provided in 1984, Conquer Cancer Foundation–funded scientists have become some o...

ASCO Resources for Transitioning to ICD-10

ASCO  / November 15, 2013

ASCO has developed resources to educate and assist oncology practices in transitioning to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 10th Edition of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) coding system. Practices are encouraged to prepare for the transition before the October...

ASCO Announces Inaugural Class for Quality Training Program

ASCO  / November 15, 2013

For oncologists, continuous quality improvement is a key goal. We measure and assess the quality of care we deliver and constantly look for areas where we can do better,” said ASCO President Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP.  “ASCO’s Quality Training Program will guide oncology care providers in establis...

ASCO Receives Additional Funding for Virtual Learning Collaborative From California HealthCare Foundation

ASCO  / November 15, 2013

ASCO is pleased to announce grant funding from the California HealthCare Foundation to support the Virtual Learning Collaborative (VLC). This pilot project will use the VLC to improve the quality of palliative care in routine medical oncology practice. ASCO is also collaborating with the American A...

International Cancer Corps Provides Valuable First-Time Volunteer Experience 

ASCO  / November 1, 2013

Even as oncologists try to tackle the changing landscape of health care in the United States, many realize that both physicians and patients in this country are still in a better position than those fighting cancer abroad in low- and middle-income countries. In 2009, ASCO joined with Health Volunte...

ASCO Teams Up with the GetWell Network to Provide More Patients With Education Resources

ASCO  / November 1, 2013

Through a new initiative and partnership with the GetWell Network, ASCO has begun to offer patient education content from its patient information website, Cancer.Net, to patients treated at hospitals within the GetWell Network community. The GetWell Network provides tools to hospitals to help admini...

Highlights on Quality Cancer Care for Patients 

ASCO  / November 1, 2013

In advance of the 2013 Quality Care Symposium, ASCO released a second Top Five List in Oncology, as part of the ongoing Choosing Wisely® campaign that brings together the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, ASCO, and other medical specialty organizations. Cancer.Net provides detai...

ASCO Submits Comments on Numerous Federal Initiatives

ASCO  / November 1, 2013

ASCO helps shape the regulatory framework in which oncologists practice by reviewing and commenting on a wide range of rules, guidelines, and system changes issued by federal agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and th...

Zhe-Bin Liu, MD, PhD, of China Receives 2013 Long-Term International Fellowship in Breast Cancer

ASCO  / November 1, 2013

Zhe-Bin Liu, MD, PhD, of Shanghai Cancer Center, Fudan University, China, is the recipient of the 2013 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Long-Term International Fellowship (LIFe) in Breast Cancer, generously supported by The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The LIFe provides early-career oncologis...

ASCO Develops Educational Article Series on Research Funding 

ASCO  / November 1, 2013

During this and the coming year, ASCO is ramping up its advocacy efforts in calling for increased federal funding to support clinical cancer trials. As part of an extensive effort to educate and mobilize its membership to call for a renewed national investment in federally funded cancer research, AS...

Sheldon Davidson, MD: Helping Advance the Field of Oncology Through Philanthropy

ASCO  / October 15, 2013

Sheldon Davidson, MD, has been an ASCO member for nearly 30 years, and has been a donor to the Conquer Cancer Foundation since its origins as The ASCO Foundation nearly 15 years ago. As a practicing oncologist, Dr. Davidson’s explanation for why he has chosen to support the Conquer Cancer Foundatio...

A Great IDEA: Supporting the Next Generation of Oncology Leaders in Low- and Middle-Income Countries 

ASCO  / October 15, 2013

Leadership has been cited as a critical success factor for improving access to cancer care in low- and middle-income countries.1 Effective clinical leaders in these countries can be transformative by supporting the development of cancer treatments to meet the needs of their patients, by advocating f...

ASCO Survey: Drug Shortages Still a Problem Despite Slight Improvement

ASCO  / October 15, 2013

As part of its continued effort to monitor and assess the impact of oncology drug shortages, ASCO will be conducting the third round of its biannual survey of members. The results of the first two surveys indicated that serious problems persist in the accessibility of life-extending oncology drugs, ...

Discover ASCO's Advanced Cancer Care Planning Booklet for Patients and Families

ASCO  / October 15, 2013

ASCO’s popular Advanced Cancer Care Planning booklet was recently updated with a different look and new content. Designed to help patients, families, and caregivers find the information they need to guide them through an advanced cancer diagnosis, this booklet is the newest addition to the ASCO Answ...

ASCO Congratulates QOPI-Certified Practices

ASCO  / September 15, 2013

QCP™: Recognizing Excellence The QOPI® Certification Program (QCP™) recognizes medical oncology and hematology/oncology practices that are committed to delivering the highest quality of cancer care. QCP evaluates an individual practice’s performance in areas that affect patient care and safety. Th...

Order Updated ASCO Answers Fact Sheets for Your Office or Waiting Room

ASCO  / September 15, 2013

ASCO Answers fact sheets give a one-page introduction to more than 40 types of adult and childhood cancers, as well as types of treatments and side effects. Each fact sheet provides an overview of the topic, a list of helpful terms, and a list of questions to ask the doctor. Download the fact sheets...

Communicating the Promise Science Offers to Society 

ASCO  / September 15, 2013

ASCO President Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP, will be serving during a particularly notable year: 2014, the Society’s 50th anniversary. This occasion brings with it much to reflect on, from the advances in the field of oncology to the growth of ASCO’s influence, but Dr. Hudis takes a moment to simply pon...

Conquering Cancer by Encouraging Diversity in the Field of Oncology 

ASCO  / September 15, 2013

As the Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants and Awards Program has grown over the last 30 years, so has its purpose. Not only does the Grants and Awards Program support young researchers, foster mentoring relationships, and improve the quality of cancer care around the world, it also works to increase d...

Final Publication of IOM Report on Learning Health Systems Available 

ASCO  / September 15, 2013

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has issued the final publication of its report, Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America. ASCO continues to support the IOM report’s core recommendations for establishing a “learning health system” in the United States and aims...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Donor and ASCO Member Denis Hammond, MD: Spreading the Word to Help Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / September 1, 2013

Oncology care professionals answer hundreds of questions from patients and their families every day. Over the course of months and years doctors and nurses address everything from medical questions about drug regimens and side effects, to personal questions about how cancer may affect work or sexual...

Legislative Endorsement Update From ASCO 

ASCO  / September 1, 2013

ASCO recently announced its endorsement of the Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2014 (S. 194), which would close tax loopholes that allow tobacco companies to avoid the federal cigarette tax by making taxes on pipe tobacco equivalent to cigarette tobacco. “Raising tobacco taxes is one of the most effectiv...

ASCO Challenges Its Members to Double Their Impact During the Month of September 

ASCO  / September 1, 2013

For the entire month of September, donors to the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology have the opportunity to double their impact through a matching gift from an anonymous individual donor. From September 1 to 30, 2013, all donations—whether made online, through the...

What the Latest Breast Cancer News Means for Patients

ASCO  / September 1, 2013

Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/breastsymposium to read patient-friendly summaries that explain the research highlighted at the 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium and provide a list of questions to ask their doctors and additional resources to learn more. Also, your patients can listen to a podcast...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Grant Recipient 'Pays It Forward' Through Philanthropic Support, Volunteer Service

ASCO  / August 15, 2013

Dr. Dawn Hershman, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center and leader of the Breast Cancer Program at Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, is committed to doing what she can to develop, encourage, and support the next generation of oncology resea...

ASCO's Guideline on Drugs to Lower Breast Cancer Risk 

ASCO  / August 15, 2013

Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/whattoknow so they can learn about ASCO’s recent guideline on drugs to risk of breast cancer for women who have a high risk of developing the disease, including what the recommendations mean for patients and a list of questions to ask the doctor. In addition, p...

Policy Update Aims to Advance Tobacco Cessation and Control Worldwide

ASCO  / August 15, 2013

In response to scientific advances and the evolving regulatory and policy environment, ASCO recently released an update to its 2003 policy statement on tobacco cessation and control. The statement reviews advancements that have been made since 2003 and outlines a refined set of recommendations based...

30 Years of Identifying High-Quality Research with Breakthrough Potential

ASCO  / August 15, 2013

Today, cancer research happens on many compelling fronts. At the Conquer Cancer Foundation, our focus is on clinical and translational research—that is, prudently and swiftly translating research findings to enhance the care of patients with cancer in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, and oth...

ASCO Completes Electronic Data Sharing Standard for Breast Cancer Treatment

ASCO  / July 25, 2013

ASCO has completed the first phase in developing several sets of interoperability standards for cancer care data and overcoming the widespread inconsistencies that currently limit secure sharing of information between providers, patients, and researchers. The first standard, the Breast Cancer Treatm...

Cancer.Net Mobile App: Now in Spanish

ASCO  / July 25, 2013

Cancer.Net’s award-winning app for patients is now available in Spanish. If your patients are using a Spanish-language enabled iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, they can use the app to access Cancer.Net’s Spanish content, as well as use interactive tools in Spanish to help track side effects and manage m...

ASCO Targets Health Disparities, Need for Research in Achieving Health Equity

ASCO  / July 25, 2013

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), and the Heart Failure Society of America (HSFA) recently held a Capitol Hill Briefing to draw attention to health disparities among minority and underserved patients and opportunities to achieve health eq...

2013 Breast Cancer Symposium to Offer Expanded Meet the Professor Sessions and New Fellows, Residents, and Junior Faculty Track

ASCO  / July 10, 2013  / 30491

As a cancer care specialist, it can be easy to become hyperfocused on your area of expertise within your subspecialty. But that’s exactly what ASCO wants its members—in all specialties—to avoid. The theme of this year’s Breast Cancer Symposium—Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Clinical Management—r...

Business Summit Fosters Innovative Solutions to Oncology Market Challenges

ASCO  / July 10, 2013  / 30500

To provide a forum for key cancer stakeholders to join with business, finance, and legal thought leaders to explore the future course for oncology, ASCO is co-hosting the seventh annual Cancer Center Business Summit on October 24 and 25 in Chicago, Illinois. Designed as a resource for the business s...

Institute Initiatives Help Oncologists Integrate Evidence-based Guidelines in Practice

ASCO  / July 10, 2013

Building on ASCO’s longstanding commitment to drive quality, value, and accountability in cancer care, the Institute for Quality’s initiatives provide oncologists with resources to ensure that every patient receives the highest level of cancer care. Established in 2011, the Institute for Quality ov...

ASCO Issues Progress Report on Blueprint for Cancer Research

ASCO  / July 10, 2013

ASCO has released a Progress Report on the gains made toward achieving goals set forth in its landmark 2011 report, Blueprint for Transforming Clinical and Translational Cancer Research. The ASCO Blueprint laid out an innovative roadmap for the clinical research system to capitalize on the new under...

ASCO Answers Guides to Breast, Colorectal, Prostate, and Lung Cancer Now Available to Order

ASCO  / July 10, 2013

The ASCO Answers guides to cancer are designed to help patients newly diagnosed with cancer understand their disease and treatment options. These comprehensive, patient-friendly booklets contain trusted information about diagnosis, treatment, side effects, and the psychosocial effects of cancer. The...

ASCO Issues Guideline Update and Videos on Fertility Preservation

ASCO  / June 25, 2013

ASCO recently issued an update to its guideline on fertility preservation for people living with cancer, as well as two videos jointly produced with the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Both the guideline and videos are intended to raise awareness and understanding of this important area of cancer care. Clar...

ASCO's Guideline on Fertility Preservation

ASCO  / June 25, 2013

Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/whattoknow so they can learn about ASCO’s recent guideline on fertility preservation, including what the recommendations mean for patients and a list of questions to ask the doctor. In addition, patients can view an infographic on ASCO’s recommendations for pro...

Issues in Oncology
Palliative Care

Transforming Grand Rounds into Chartrounds: Technology and the Improving Cancer Care Grant Advance Patient Care

ASCO  / June 10, 2013

When Patricia Hardenbergh, MD, moved from her academic position as a breast radiation oncologist at Duke University to a small, rural practice in Edwards, Colorado, she realized that being a community oncologist was a very different experience. She was an expert in treating breast cancer and also tr...

Best of ASCO® Meetings Provide Intimate Access to Latest Research

ASCO  / June 10, 2013

Aiming to facilitate widespread dissemination of practice-changing research, ASCO offers the Best of ASCO® Meetings, which condense the most cutting-edge science and education from the ASCO Annual Meeting into a 2-day program. The smaller size of these meetings, compared to the Annual Meeting, provi...

ASCO Publishes New Conflict of Interest Policy 

ASCO  / June 10, 2013

ASCO has released its new conflict of interest policy, ASCO Policy for Relationships With Companies, which updates its earlier policy in key ways that are designed to increase transparency in relationships with commercial interests. Comprehensive Framework The new policy establishes a more compreh...

Cancer.Net Features Patient-friendly News from the ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / June 10, 2013

Now that the 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting is over, direct your patients to www.cancer.net/ascoannualmeeting to find podcasts and videos with ASCO experts and read summaries on the research highlighted at the meeting. In addition, your patients can continue to hear about the latest research throughout th...

Issues in Oncology

CancerProgress.Net Patient and Advocate Video Series Highlights Value and Impact of Cancer Research

ASCO  / June 10, 2013

“I’ve been living with melanoma for 7 years.” That’s a statement that, at the outset of her diagnosis, Joanne Maricle would have found surprising. Yet Joanne, who is featured in a video that is part of a new Patient and Advocate Video Series on ASCO’s CancerProgress.Net website, is able to lay claim...

ASCO President’s Personal Philanthropy Honors Founder Jane C. Wright, MD

ASCO  / May 15, 2013

During her term as ASCO President, Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, of the Washington Cancer Institute has kept a solid focus on her presidential and 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting theme of “Building Bridges to Conquer Cancer.” These bridges take many forms, spanning challenges to be overcome in oncology practi...

Issues in Oncology
Palliative Care

ASCO President's Priorities Aim to Build Bridges to Advance Cancer Care

ASCO  / May 15, 2013

Recognizing the need for greater interconnectivity to accelerate cancer care advances, Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, current ASCO President and Medical Director of Washington Cancer Institute MedStar Washington Hospital Center, selected “Building Bridges to Conquer Cancer” as her presidential theme. Ma...

ASCO Completes Prototype for CancerLinQ™, Marking First Demonstration of a 'Learning Health System' to Transform Cancer Care

ASCO  / May 15, 2013

ASCO has completed a prototype of CancerLinQ™, the Society’s groundbreaking health information technology initiative to achieve higher quality, higher value cancer care with better outcomes for patients. The prototype was shown on March 27 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, during an ASCO...

Leading Investigators Honored for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Oncology

ASCO  / May 15, 2013

Each year through its Special Awards Program, ASCO recognizes researchers, patient advocates, and leaders of the global oncology community who, through their work, have made significant contributions to enhancing cancer care. These recipients of ASCO’s highest, most prestigious awards collectively r...

New ASCO Answers Guides to Breast, Prostate, and Lung Cancer Now Available for Patients

ASCO  / May 15, 2013

The new ASCO Answers guides to cancer are designed to help patients newly diagnosed with cancer understand their disease and treatment options. These comprehensive, patient-friendly booklets contain trusted information about diagnosis, treatment, side effects, and the psychosocial effects of cancer....

Visit the Conquer Cancer Foundation Donor Lounge at the ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / May 15, 2013

The work that we do at the Conquer Cancer Foundation would not be possible without the support of generous donors who share our vision to create a world free from the fear of cancer. Conquer Cancer Foundation supporters are invited to visit the Donor Lounge during the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago,...

Issues in Oncology
Palliative Care

New ASCO/AAHPM Project Will Harness Technology to Foster Improved Palliative Care in Oncology

ASCO  / May 1, 2013

ASCO and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine (AAHPM) recently announced a joint initiative to support delivery of high-quality palliative care in medical oncology. The initiative is funded by ASCO’s first-ever grant from the Agency for Health Care Research Quality. The proje...

Issues in Oncology

ASCO's Pre-Annual Meeting Seminar Series to Offer a New, Fourth Focus: Genetics and Genomics

ASCO  / May 1, 2013

ASCO’s pre–Annual Meeting seminar series continues this year, offering intimate, discussion-based seminars just before the start of the Annual Meeting in late May. The seminars are an excellent educational opportunity for health providers who are attending the Annual Meeting but would like to drill...

Help Your Patients Understand the Latest Research to Be Highlighted at the 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting 

ASCO  / May 1, 2013

Starting on May 15, direct your patients to Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website, to find easy-to-read summaries of studies released in advance of this year’s Annual Meeting. In addition, encourage them to listen to a panel discussion and Q&A session about these latest advances in a re...

Issues in Oncology

Spotlight on Patient Advocacy Pavilion at the ASCO Annual Meeting 

ASCO  / May 1, 2013

The ASCO-sponsored Patient Advocacy Booth, located near the entrance of the Oncology Professionals Hall at the ASCO Annual Meeting, is designed to give 26 nonprofit patient advocacy organizations an opportunity to promote their programs, services, and resources to the professional oncology community...

Issues in Oncology

ASCO-SEP®, 3rd Edition, Features Digital Formats and Complementary Study Tools

ASCO  / April 15, 2013

ASCO has released the latest edition of ASCO-SEP®, a comprehensive resource designed to help medical providers assess and improve their level of knowledge in the various areas of oncology, enabling them to provide care that will optimize the quality of life for people with cancer. ASCO-SEP, 3rd Edit...

ASCO Leadership Development Program Participants 'Give Back' by Supporting the Conquer Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / April 15, 2013

In the fast-paced world of oncology, where the science of patient care is constantly evolving, it is critical for practitioners—and, by extension, their Society—to consistently be one step ahead. For ASCO and the Conquer Cancer Foundation, that means maintaining a strong focus not only on the leadin...

ASCO’s State Oncology Societies Booth Provides a Place for Relationship Building and Sharing Best Practices

ASCO  / April 15, 2013  / 30495

Want to learn how to best lobby your local state legislators on the issues that affect your practice in your state? Or finally meet the executive director of your state’s oncology society? Look for the State Oncology Societies Booth at ASCO’s Annual Meeting this year. The booth will be located in t...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Arms Patients with Knowledge through patientACCESS

ASCO  / April 15, 2013

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a frightening and overwhelming experience, and the first thing many people do upon receiving the news is seek out information, hoping to be empowered through knowledge. At the Conquer Cancer Foundation, we are working to ensure that vital information—focusing on e...

ASCO Develops New Physician Payment Reform Webpage and Four-part Educational Series

ASCO  / April 15, 2013

To help keep its members and the cancer community apprised and educated on the issue of payment reform, ASCO has developed a payment reform webpage and issued an ASCO in Action educational series. This four-part series is designed to help ASCO members better understand the complex issue of physician...

Managing Side Effects: Urinary Incontinence

ASCO  / April 15, 2013

Cancer.Net recently added an article on urinary incontinence to help patients learn how to cope with this side effect. In the article, patients can learn about the causes of urinary incontinence and how it is diagnosed, as well as read about the treatment options and how it can be managed. To learn ...

Issues in Oncology

ASCO Congratulates QOPI-Certified Practices

ASCO  / March 15, 2013

QCP™: Recognizing Excellence The QOPI® Certification Program (QCP™) recognizes medical oncology and hematology/oncology practices that are committed to delivering the highest quality of cancer care. QCP evaluates an individual practice’s performance in areas that affect patient care and safety. Th...

Journal of Oncology Practice Accepted by MEDLINE® for Indexing

ASCO  / March 15, 2013

The Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP), published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), has recently been accepted for inclusion in MEDLINE®, the premier bibliographic database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). Journals accepted to MEDLINE undergo a rigorous review proc...

Safe Storage of Cancer Medications 

ASCO  / March 15, 2013

Cancer.Net provides several new resources to help patients and their caregivers learn about the importance of safe storage, handling, and disposal of cancer medications, particularly those prescribed to relieve pain. These materials include a special article and related podcast available at www.canc...

Connecting to Conquer Cancer

ASCO  / March 15, 2013

One of the strengths of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology is our relationships with others who want to join us in creating a world free from the fear of cancer. Our ability to do meaningful work is made possible by the individuals and organizations that suppo...

Colorectal Cancer

A New Donor Shines with Conquer Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / March 1, 2013  / 30592

To support all of our valuable programs for patients and physicians, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology partners with organizations of every size and scale, and every partnership has a lasting impact. Recently, the Foundation began working with a new supporter...

Oncology Career Fair at ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / March 1, 2013  / 30495

The 13th Annual Oncology Career Fair at the 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting offers a convenient way for attendees to learn more about employment opportunities available in the rapidly developing oncology profession. In addition, the Career Opportunities and Other Medical Meetings posting boards, located ad...

Issues in Oncology

New ASCO Workforce Studies Release Preliminary Data on Oncology Workforce Environment 

ASCO  / March 1, 2013

ASCO has released the preliminary findings of a far-reaching research initiative to collect and analyze oncology workforce demographic and practice data. This initiative will help guide the Society’s response to the ever-changing business and political landscape in which oncologists care for people ...

Now in Spanish: Stopping Tobacco Use After a Cancer Diagnosis

ASCO  / March 1, 2013

Tell your patients about Stopping Tobacco Use After a Cancer Diagnosis, Cancer.Net’s newest Spanish language booklet designed to help patients understand the benefits of quitting in the context of a cancer diagnosis. This booklet explains how patients can talk with their doctor about their tobacco u...

Make a Lasting Difference: Choose the Giving Option that Works for You

ASCO  / March 1, 2013

If you are like the many supporters of the Conquer Cancer Foundation, you may have reached a point where you would welcome the opportunity to influence not only the future ownership of your possessions, but the meaning that others assign to your life. One way to accomplish this is by considering the...

Global Cancer Care

International Members Cite Networking, Enhanced Patient Care Among Benefits of ASCO Membership 

ASCO  / February 15, 2013

Thanks to the membership category ASCO designed for physicians in developing countries, Brazilian oncologist Milena Mak, MD, can greatly enhance the care she delivers in the very busy 580-bed Instituto do Cancer do Estado de Sao Paulo. And radiation oncologist Pooja Nandwani Patel, MD, can use the ...

Breast Cancer
Lung Cancer

ASCO Decision Aids Intersect Evidence-based Guidelines, Productive Patient Communication

ASCO  / February 1, 2013

Imagine this common clinical scenario: A 64-year-old woman presents with a new abnormality on a mammogram. A core needle biopsy and subsequent partial mastectomy reveal a 1.8-cm invasive ductal carcinoma. Sentinel lymph nodes are negative for cancer. The tumor is moderately differentiated and is est...

ASCO's CancerProgress.Net: Where We've Come From, Where We Are, and Where We're Going 

Kirsten Goldberg  / February 1, 2013

The British science historian James Burke once wrote, “If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you are.” To tell the story of where we are in the treatment of people with cancer and how we got there, ASCO launched an ambitious history project in 2011 with a new website, Cancer...

The Conquer Cancer Foundation Announces Its Sustaining Donor Program

ASCO  / February 1, 2013

You can help the Conquer Cancer Foundation fulfill its mission of creating a world free from the fear of cancer when you make a monthly gift today. When you become a sustaining donor to the Foundation, your monthly gift will provide a reliable stream of support that is so vital to ensuring that the...

Cost of Care

ASCO Top Five List Highlighted in IOM Workshop

ASCO  / January 15, 2013

As part of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) National Cancer Policy Forum workshop on delivering affordable cancer care in the 21st century, ASCO’s Top Five list was highlighted as an example of a way to improve quality of care for patients while reducing unnecessary costs. Lowell Schnipper, MD, Ch...

Issues in Oncology

ASCO Secures Major Funding and Data License Agreements for CancerLinQ™

ASCO  / January 15, 2013

ASCO has secured $3 million in new funding and key data sharing arrangements to support the development of CancerLinQ™, a ground-breaking information technology initiative that aims to achieve higher quality, higher value cancer care with better outcomes for patients. ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundati...

Survivorship

New ASCO Statement Outlines Agenda to Advance Cancer Survivorship Care

ASCO  / January 15, 2013

In response to the needs of a growing population of cancer survivors, ASCO has released a position statement, recently published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Developed through the work of the ASCO Cancer Survivorship Committee, the statement outlines a comprehensive agenda for achievi...

Issues in Oncology

Community Research Forum Addresses Conundrums Common to Community Practices that Conduct Research 

ASCO  / January 15, 2013

It is every research site’s biggest concern. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the FDA, or drug company sponsors could arrive at any time to comb through a site’s documents related to a specific trial. It’s called an audit, and it’s common. And yet, not all sites that conduct research have proa...

Issues in Oncology

ASCO Report Encourages Further Discussion to Improve REMS Development, Communication

ASCO  / January 15, 2013

The oncology community—including providers, patients, and industry—and the FDA should continue to work together to improve the agency’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) program, according to the report of the ASCO REMS Working Group published online by the Journal of Oncology Practic...

Clinical Cancer Advances 2012: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer

ASCO  / December 15, 2012

Clinical research is continuously delivering new treatments that lengthen and improve the lives of patients with cancer. The abundance of advances reported in the past year illustrates our steady progress in cancer treatment and care. Clinical Cancer Advances 2012: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress A...

Research of Three Conquer Cancer Foundation Grantees Featured among Top Cancer Advances of the Year

ASCO  / December 15, 2012

Every year, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology funds research grants that provide critical start-up funding for young physician-scientists, with the goal of enabling them to develop successful careers in cancer research so that they can bring new treatments in...

The Latest News on Quality Cancer Care: What It Means for Patients

ASCO  / December 15, 2012

Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/qualitysymposium to learn about the research highlighted at the 2012 Quality Care Symposium in the special online newsletter Cancer Advances: News for Patients from the 2012 Quality Care Symposium. Also, your patients can listen to a podcast of highlights from ...

ASCO Underscores Importance of Quality and Value in Cancer Care at IOM Workshop

ASCO  / December 15, 2012

ASCO leadership recently participated in the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) National Cancer Policy Forum workshop titled “Delivering Affordable Care in the 21st Century.” The workshop focused on examining the rising costs related to cancer care and potential ways to curb these costs while improving t...

Karnofsky Award Winner Honors Mentors through Gift to Conquer Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / November 1, 2012

Kanti R. Rai, MD, and his wife Susan have been loyal donors to the Conquer Cancer Foundation for the past 9 years, but in 2012, a momentous occasion in his career inspired Dr. Rai to make a unique gift. A Moment of Reflection In the spring of 2012, Dr. Rai, an internationally recognized expert on ...

Fellowship Breathes ‘LIFe’ into the Careers of Young Oncologists in Developing Countries

ASCO  / November 1, 2012

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology supports one-on-one training and research grants for the brightest minds in cancer care around the world through the Long-term International Fellowship (LIFe) and other programs. Through this 1-year fellowship, early-career o...

CancerProgress.Net Adds New Resources to Highlight Progress in Clinical Cancer Research

ASCO  / November 1, 2012

ASCO’s CancerProgress.Net (www.CancerProgress.Net), a dynamic website demonstrating four decades of progress against cancer, has added new resources that will enable site users to learn more about progress in cancer treatment, prevention, screening, and diagnosis. Interactive Cancer Timelines Thre...

Now in Spanish: Cancer in Older Adults

ASCO  / November 1, 2012

Tell your patients about Cancer in Older Adults, Cancer.Net’s newest Spanish language booklet for older adults and their family and friends. The content of the booklet is adapted from the ASCO University Module, Cancer Care for Older Patients. It provides information on the physical and emotional ch...

ASCO Achieves Highest Level of Accreditation for Continuing Medical Education Program

ASCO  / October 15, 2012

In July, ASCO was awarded “Accreditation with Commendation” (the highest level achievable) by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Fewer than 25% of continuing medical education (CME) providers carry the “Commendation” status distinction, which signifies an organizatio...

CancerLinQ Addressing Institute of Medicine Core Recommendations for ‘Learning Health System’

ASCO  / October 15, 2012

ASCO is applauding new Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations for establishing a “learning health system” in the United States, and is calling upon other medical specialties to join in achieving this vision of high-quality, high-value medical care. ASCO’s recently launched multiphased rapid-lea...

Stay Up to Date on New Patient Materials from Cancer.Net

ASCO  / October 15, 2012

Encourage your patients to use social media to stay up to date with the new resources available on Cancer.Net, such as the latest booklet on tobacco discussed on page 57. It is easier than ever for patients to get the latest cancer information on their computer or mobile device by subscribing to the...

New ASCO Tobacco Cessation Practice Resources Will Offer Help for Providers as Well as Patients

ASCO  / October 15, 2012

It is well recognized that tobacco use increases the risk of several kinds of cancer. However, it is less well recognized that quitting tobacco remains important once an individual has been diagnosed with cancer, a common misconception held by oncologists and patients alike. Patients with cancer who...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Honors Oncology Professionals for High-quality Research in Breast Cancer

ASCO  / October 15, 2012

More than 15 leading young oncology professionals were honored this year by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with 2012 Breast Cancer Symposium Merit Awards for their work in breast cancer research. These trainees submitted high-quality abstracts selec...

Genitourinary Cancers Symposium Still Intimate Despite Record Growth

ASCO  / September 15, 2012

Despite its exponential growth since launching in 2007—from 1,450 attendees then to a record 2,530 last year—the Genitourinary (GU) Cancers Symposium remains an inviting meeting that feels small, accessible, and comfortable. And that’s the perfect blend for networking, said Jeff Michalski, MD, Chai...

All Oncology Care Practices Urged to ‘Be Counted’ in Groundbreaking Census

ASCO  / September 15, 2012

The National Oncology Census, sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), represents the first-ever attempt to capture comprehensive, real-time data on the state of oncology practice in the United States. ASCO is urging all U.S. oncology practices—representing oncologists in priv...

Kidney Cancer Association Works with Conquer Cancer Foundation to Stimulate Breakthrough Research

ASCO  / September 15, 2012

For any nonprofit cancer organization, a key challenge is how to balance the enormous task of supporting cancer patients with the latest information about current treatments while helping to advance the search for new breakthroughs in therapeutic options. For the past 6 years, the Kidney Cancer Asso...

What the Latest Breast Cancer News Means For Patients

ASCO  / September 15, 2012

Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/breastsymposium to learn about the research highlighted at the 2012 Breast Cancer Symposium in the special online newsletter, Cancer Advances: News for Patients from the 2012 Breast Cancer Symposium. In addition, your patients can listen to a podcast of the sym...

A Great IDEA: Supporting the Next Generation of Oncology Leaders in Low- and Middle-income Countries

ASCO  / September 15, 2012

Leadership has been cited as a critical success factor in improving access to cancer care in low- and middle-income countries.1 Effective clinical leaders in these countries can be transformative by supporting the development of cancer treatments to meet the needs of their patients, by advocating fo...

Inaugural Quality Care Symposium Will Detail How to Pioneer Successful Quality Initiatives in Your Practice

ASCO  / September 15, 2012

Over the past 10 years, Wilshire Oncology Medical Group of La Verne, California, has reengineered itself so that all processes—from front-desk operations at all eight locations to the 10 oncologists’ interactions with patients and payers—capture quality data that can be used for robust benchmarking ...

The 2013 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium Will Observe the Meeting’s 10-Year Anniversary

ASCO  / September 1, 2012

A decade after its start in 2003 with a few hundred attendees, the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium now boasts more than 3,000 participants from all over the world. The next implementation marks the meeting’s 10th anniversary. The 3-day meeting—to be held January 24–26 in San Francisco—is designe...

ASCO Expert Panel Concludes Evidence Supports Physician Discussion of PSA Testing for Men with Longer Life Expectancies

ASCO  / September 1, 2012

ASCO has issued a new evidence-based provisional clinical opinion (PCO) on the use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing for prostate cancer screening. To facilitate informed decisions, ASCO also released a new, detailed decision aid to help men and their physicians understand the risks and ben...

Conquer Cancer Foundation $10K Challenge: Multiply Your Donation’s Impact in September

ASCO  / September 1, 2012

The Foundation proudly announces its first-ever Conquer Cancer Foundation $10K Challenge. In September, a portion of online gifts to the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology will be matched by the generous support of Ariad Pharmaceuticals®. The Conquer Cancer Found...

It’s Time to Get Ready for New Medicare Reporting Requirements

ASCO  / September 1, 2012

As if you didn’t already have enough to worry about, now add this: If your practice doesn’t meet the requirements of the Physicians Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive, you don’t just miss out on the bonuses the programs offered as incentive in recent years. If...

Updated for 2012: Cancer in Older Adults

ASCO  / September 1, 2012

Tell your patients about Cancer in Older Adults, Cancer.Net’s newly updated booklet for older adults and their family and friends. The content of the booklet is adapted from the ASCO University Module, Cancer Care for Older Patients. It provides information on the physical and emotional changes that...

Clinicians to Benefit from New JCO Initiatives

ASCO  / August 15, 2012

Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) has recently launched several new features for readers under the direction of Stephen A. Cannistra, MD, who began his tenure as Editor-in-Chief in June 2011. These initiatives include the creation of two new article types: Rapid Communications (RC) and Understandin...

ASCO University’s e-Seminars Offer a Stimulating Way to Stay on Top of Trends as Well as Meeting Highlights

ASCO  / August 15, 2012

Did you miss one of the symposia this year and need to quickly catch up on the highlights in small, digestible portions? No problem. ASCO University’s e-Seminar series now has you covered. Or, is there a new journal article that everyone’s talking about, and you need guidance on how to interpret it...

ASCO Responds to Supreme Court Ruling on Health-care Law

ASCO  / August 15, 2012

When the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on June 28, ASCO released a statement by ASCO President Sandra M. Swain, MD, Medical Director of the Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Critically Important Provisions In the statement, Dr....

ASCO’s Guideline on Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Melanoma

ASCO  / August 15, 2012

Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/whattoknow so they can learn about ASCO’s recent guideline on sentinel lymph node biopsy for melanoma, including what it means for patients and a list of questions to ask the doctor. In addition, patients can find more information about melanoma at www.cancer.n...

Former Foundation Grantee Pays It Forward, Building a Legacy for the Next Generation

ASCO  / August 15, 2012

Hundreds of  investigators, such as 2008 Young Investigator Award and 2010 Career Development Award recipient Richard Carvajal, MD, have received seed funding from ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation early in their careers—funding that supported their professional growth and helped lay the foundation f...

ASCO Launches Oncology Practice Census

ASCO  / July 15, 2012

How many oncologists are in private practice and how many are employed by hospitals and academic medical centers in the United States? No one knows the answer for sure, but ASCO is undertaking an ambitious national effort to determine where oncologists are practicing these days. Online Survey ASCO...

ASCO Bookstore Revamped

ASCO  / July 15, 2012

ASCO has redesigned its online bookstore. Now visitors can enjoy a streamlined environment powered by Amazon, allowing them to search in just about any way they want to: newest to oldest, most popular, by disease type, by professional interest, and the list goes on. The new bookstore platform, whic...

Prostate Cancer Screening: What Patients Need to Know

ASCO  / July 15, 2012

Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/expertsoncancernews so they can learn about ASCO’s new Provisional Clinical Opinion on PSA testing to screen for prostate cancer, including what it means for patients. In addition, patients can find more information about prostate cancer at www.cancer.net/prost...

YIA and CDA: Abbreviations of Great Importance to Continued Progress in Cancer Research

ASCO  / July 15, 2012

Behind the scenes researchers—who are well acquainted with the human cost of cancer and see the vast scientific and clinical opportunities for conquering it—are working to unlock the secrets of cancer in its many forms. Some are well established in their careers and have been conducting studies for ...

Sarcoma Foundation of America Teams with Conquer Cancer Foundation to Fund Potentially Life-saving Research

ASCO  / July 15, 2012

When Matthew Alsante signed on to serve as Executive Director of the Sarcoma Foundation of America (SFA) 6 years ago, he had a visceral understanding of the importance of the organization’s work. Mr. Alsante had lost his father to lung cancer in 1999. “Right up until the last day of his life, if th...

ASCO’s CancerLinQ: Building a Transformation in Cancer Care

ASCO  / July 1, 2012

Cancer science and information technology are advancing rapidly, but the way we care for patients today cannot fully capitalize on those advances. The proliferation of scientific results and novel treatments is a growing challenge for all oncology professionals as we enter the era of highly persona...

A Decade of Trusted Cancer Education

ASCO  / July 1, 2012

May 18 marked the 10th anniversary of Cancer.Net, the patient information website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). This milestone is not only important to the more than 12 million cancer survivors in the United States who have searched for reliable answers to many of the issues t...

Help Your Patients Understand the Latest Research

ASCO  / July 1, 2012

Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/podcasts to hear ASCO experts discuss the research that was presented at 2012 ASCO Annual Meeting. This series of “Research Round-up” podcasts provides the latest information on treatment and care for people with cancer and will help your patients understand ho...

Best of ASCO® Meetings Deliver Top Annual Meeting Abstracts and Select Educational Sessions in an Intimate Setting

ASCO  / June 15, 2012

If you have to miss the Annual Meeting this year, don’t worry. ASCO also offers Best of ASCO Meetings, which feature 2 days of presentations on the top scientific abstracts from the Annual Meeting, complemented by select education sessions. “The Best of ASCO Meeting provides an opportunity for prac...

Full Membership: What It Means, What It Offers, and Why It’s Essential

ASCO  / June 15, 2012

As part of our series explaining the benefits of ASCO’s various membership categories, in this issue we focus on the Full Membership Category Involvement in ASCO—the largest and most inclusive professional organization in oncology—allows those involved in cancer care to chart the very course of the...

Patient-friendly News from the ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / June 15, 2012

Go to Cancer.Net to find the latest news for patients from the 2012 ASCO Annual Meeting. At www.cancer.net/ascoannualmeeting, patients can listen to expert-led podcasts, watch disease-specific videos, read research summaries, and get recaps of each day’s highlights. The information here was updated ...

Markers in Cancer 2012, to be Held October 11–13, Will Seek to Move the Field of Biomarkers to the Next Phase

ASCO  / June 15, 2012

There are hundreds and hundreds of papers published on biomarkers in cancer each year, but very few make it over the hurdles necessary to be used in actual patient care, said James L. Abbruzzese, MD, Chair of the Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson ...

ASCO Participates in Two FDA Meetings on Improving Clinical Trials

ASCO  / June 15, 2012

ASCO recently took part in two public meetings at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that had the broad goal of improving clinical trials and, ultimately, treatment for cancer patients. Then ASCO President Michael P. Link, MD, served as a panelist on a workshop sponsored by FDA and ASCO, a...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Board Member Tom Roberts Cites Need to Grow Research Capacity as Opportunity for Discovery Accelerates

ASCO  / May 15, 2012

Thomas G. Roberts, MD, dedicates a shelf in his home to memories of patients—photographs, notes, expressions of gratitude, traces of lives linked with his through cancer treatment. He looks at it every day, he says, and the memories inform his mission. “In oncology, you become part of people’s live...

New Video Series Addresses Challenges Facing Young Survivors

ASCO  / May 15, 2012

Cancer.Net has collaborated with LIVESTRONG to launch Moving Forward: Perspectives from Survivors and Doctors, a series of 13 videos focused on issues facing young adults with cancer. Topics covered include managing bills and expenses, dealing with the fear of recurrence, navigating the dating wor...

New Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Professorship Focuses on Teaching Drug Development to Young Oncology Researchers

ASCO  / May 15, 2012

Despite a number of new drug approvals in 2011, there are still major challenges in developing effective oncology therapeutics and drug combinations that demonstrate significant survival advantages. Mechanisms are needed to ensure that the next generation of oncology researchers has the necessary sk...

ASCO Launches First Annual Quality Care Symposium November 30

ASCO  / May 15, 2012

So much health services research is underway in oncology that, rather than relegating it to just a portion of the Annual Meeting, ASCO has decided to launch a meeting devoted entirely to the emerging discipline. The first annual Quality Care Symposium will take place November 30 through December 1 i...

ASCO Past President Highlights QOPI® Efforts to Improve Care in Michigan

ASCO  / May 15, 2012

ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) can be used to assess the quality of care in a statewide consortium of oncology practices and ultimately can lead to better care for patients with cancer, said ASCO Past President Douglas W. Blayney, MD, at a recent briefing on cancer care value ...

Important Information Regarding Abstract Distribution for the 2012 ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / May 15, 2012

ASCO has implemented a new abstract distribution model for its 2012 Annual Meeting to ensure simultaneous electronic and print release of important scientific information to attendees and the public. Plenary, Late-Breaking, and Clinical Review Abstracts (or Newly Released Abstracts, as they will be ...

JCO Presents New Training Seminar for Authors

ASCO  / May 1, 2012

Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) recently launched a training seminar for potential authors, entitled, “Publishing Your Research: A Seminar From the Editors of JCO.” The first seminar was held in January prior to the 2012 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco. Daniel G. Haller, MD, E...

ASCO Guidelines Support Weight-based Chemotherapy Dosing

ASCO  / May 1, 2012

The American Society of Clinical Oncology supports research showing that it’s safe and effective for people with cancer—especially those who are obese—to receive higher chemotherapy doses based not on estimates but on their actual weight. Direct your patients to ASCO’s guidelines on weight-based d...

Constructing a Top Five List in Oncology

ASCO  / May 1, 2012

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has joined the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation and eight other medical specialty societies to take a collective stand in improving patient care and addressing rising health-care costs. As part of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® c...

Institute of Medicine Report on Omics-based Testing Bolsters ASCO’s Blueprint for Transforming Cancer Research

ASCO  / May 1, 2012

A recent report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) addresses elements that ASCO has stated are necessary for transforming the therapeutic development and clinical trial processes. In March, the IOM released the report “Evolution of Translational Omics: Lessons Learned and the Path Forward,” which ...

Breast Cancer

2012 Breast Cancer Symposium to Expand Tumor Board Session, Add ‘Meet the Professors’ Session

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The days of attending the Breast Cancer Symposium, just quietly listening to useful lectures, and then going home are over. In recent years, the meeting’s sponsors and planners have worked to make the 3-day gathering far more interactive and as intimate as a meeting with 1,500 attendees can be. “We...

Cost of Care

Help Your Patients Understand Cost of Care

ASCO  / April 15, 2012

Encourage your patients to review ASCO’s newly updated Managing the Cost of Cancer Care booklet, which can help them make informed treatment decisions. This resource explains the various costs associated with cancer treatment, key provisions in the 2010 health-care reform law that are now being impl...

Issues in Oncology

ASCO Advocates for Solutions to Oncology Drug Shortage Crisis

ASCO  / April 15, 2012

ASCO continues to call for three specific actions by Congress to help avert shortages of essential treatments for children and adults living with cancer. ASCO President Michael P. Link, MD, outlined the priorities in February at an FDA news briefing on the recent methotrexate and liposomal doxorubic...

Issues in Oncology

2012 Annual Meeting to Highlight NCI’s ‘Provocative Questions’ and Offer First-ever Pre–Annual Meeting Seminars

ASCO  / April 15, 2012  / 30842

As this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting was being planned, the NCI was developing and releasing its “Provocative Questions” project—an effort to stimulate the cancer community to ask itself 24 key questions in order to advance the treatment of cancer and provide better care. It quickly became clear to A...

ASCO Launches Community Research Forum to Tackle Top Research Conundrums

ASCO  / March 15, 2012

Just how many research-focused staff members is it optimal to have when conducting clinical trials in a community-practice setting? To properly gauge that, should the practice look closely at how many studies it’s working on? The complexity of those studies? The number of patients enrolled? Some com...

Research of Former Foundation Grantee James Yao Highlighted at the GI Cancers Symposium

ASCO  / March 15, 2012

A study led by James C. Yao, MD, Assistant Professor and Deputy Chair of Gastrointestinal Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, was presented at the 2012 Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancers Symposium in San Francisco and highlighted in the meeting’s press program. In the ...

Pre–Annual Meeting Seminar Series Kicks Off

ASCO  / March 15, 2012

This year, ASCO is cosponsoring a new series of intimate, discussion-based seminars to be held just before the start of the Annual Meeting in June. The three seminars, which start at 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 31, and continue through noon on Friday, June 1, the first day of the Annual Meeting, are: ...

ASCO Submits Testimony for Congressional Hearing Examining Quality Programs that Reward High-quality Care

ASCO  / March 15, 2012

The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee recently held a hearing on programs and initiatives that reward physicians who deliver high-quality, efficient care. ASCO submitted written testimony from CEO Allen S. Lichter, MD, on many aspects of quality care, including how the Quality Oncology Practi...

Help Your Patients Organize Their Cancer Care

ASCO  / March 15, 2012

Direct your patients to Cancer.Net/podcasts, where they can listen to a podcast about staying organized during cancer treatment, getting financial information in order, preparing questions ahead of appointments, and setting up a filing system for important documents. ■ © 2012. American Society ...

Career Development Award Recipient Susan K. Parsons, MD, Supports Next Generation of Researchers

ASCO  / March 1, 2012

Like all pediatric oncologists, Susan K. Parsons, MD, MRP, knows that when a child is diagnosed with cancer, it happens to the whole family. Siblings must cope with everything from disruption of routine to reduced parental attention, to the often-new possibility of mortality. Parents must navigate ...

Issues in Oncology

ASCO Seeks Better Access to Clinical Trials for Patients with Cancer

ASCO  / March 1, 2012

ASCO and other organizations submitted recommendations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to influence development of a clinical trials coverage regulation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The health-care law requires insurers to cover routine care costs for patie...

Issues in Oncology

Starting Down the Path toward Electronic QOPI®: ASCO and US Oncology Collaborate in Quality Measurement

ASCO  / March 1, 2012

The Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®), ASCO’s quality measurement program, is entering its 6th successful year and continuing to grow, both in number of participants and in quality measures evaluated. In the truest spirit of quality improvement, ASCO’s oncologist leaders have determined t...

Issues in Oncology

QOPI® Certifies 100th Practice for Delivering High-quality Cancer Care

ASCO  / February 15, 2012

Less than 2 years since launching the first national program to help oncology practices deliver the highest quality of cancer care, ASCO and its affiliate, the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, announced that more than 100 practices have achieved QOPI certification....

ASCO Membership Categories Offer a Place for Everyone

ASCO  / February 15, 2012

If your work touches those who have cancer, you have a place within ASCO. That’s the message that the organization, during its 48 years, has gotten across in many ways, not the least of which is its membership categories, which have expanded right along with the field of cancer care. “ASCO is uniq...

Show Your Patients the Latest Research on Genitourinary Cancers

ASCO  / February 15, 2012

The 2012 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium takes place February 2–4 in San Francisco. Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/GUsymposium to find written summaries for patients and a podcast that highlights the research presented at the meeting, on prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular, and other genit...

ASCO Launches FASCO Designation

ASCO  / January 15, 2012

ASCO has announced the designation of Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, otherwise known as FASCO. Formerly called the ASCO Statesman Award and launched in 2007, the distinction is designed to honor ASCO’s most active volunteer members. “The FASCO status represents recognition for...

Joining ASCO’s ACT Network Offers Variety of Advocacy Opportunities

ASCO  / January 15, 2012

Are you looking for ways to discuss the issues that impact the oncology community with members of Congress? Doing so is easier than you think. ASCO’s ACT Network provides many different opportunities to contact your policymakers, including the ability to draft your own message to your member of Cong...

Renewing Our Commitment to Conquering Cancer

ASCO  / January 15, 2012

Congress passed a resolution in December recognizing the 40th anniversary of the National Cancer Act of 1971 and the more than 12 million cancer survivors who are alive as a result of the nation’s commitment to cancer research and advances in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment. ...

Give Your Patients the Latest GI Research News

ASCO  / January 15, 2012

On January 19, direct your patients to www.cancer.net/gisymposium, where they can get up-to-the-minute research highlights from the 3-day 2012 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. Also, your patients can listen to a podcast of the symposium highlights online or download it free of charge at www.cance...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Grantees Advance Cancer Care

ASCO  / January 15, 2012

Each year, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO funds Young Investigator Awards (YIAs) and Career Development Awards (CDAs). These research grants provide start-up funding for young physician-scientists as they embark on cancer research careers. Clearly, the programs are working: Six of the top res...

JOP Content Now Available Online before Print

ASCO  / January 15, 2012

Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) recently began publishing the majority of its articles online ahead of print. This exciting initiative benefits both JOP’s authors and readers by making practice-changing content readily available online in a timely manner. With the launch of the publish-ahead-of-p...

Medical Students Can Now Be ASCO Members, Thanks to an Intern Who Pressed

ASCO  / December 15, 2011

ASCO has just added a membership category for medical students, spurred on by—you guessed it—a medical student. Daniel G. Stover, MD, knew he wanted to go into oncology from very early on. But when he contacted ASCO to join as an intern, having just graduated from Vanderbilt School of Medicine, he ...

ASCO Helps Survivors Transition into Life after Treatment with New Booklet

ASCO  / December 15, 2011

Progress against cancer has helped save or extend the lives of millions of patients. Thanks to advances in medical research, there are about 12 million cancer survivors today in the United States. For patients transitioning back into everyday life after surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or o...

ASCO Issues Blueprint for Transforming Cancer Research in the ‘Molecular Era’

ASCO  / December 15, 2011

On November 3, ASCO issued a new report that lays out ASCO’s vision for transforming clinical and translational research to deliver more effective and personalized cancer therapies faster. The report, Accelerating Progress Against Cancer: ASCO’s Blueprint for Transforming Clinical and Translational ...

2012 GU Cancers Symposium to Reflect the Field’s Focus on Personalized Cancer Care

ASCO  / December 15, 2011

The 2012 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, to be held in San Francisco February 2–4, will feature some exciting advancements in the field that center on personalized cancer care. “The major cancer discussed at the meeting tends to be prostate cancer, and there hasn’t yet been a lot of specific targe...

Help Your Patients Understand the Significant Research from 2011

ASCO  / December 15, 2011

Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/podcasts to learn about the 2011 Clinical Cancer Advances. In a special podcast, patients can hear about this year’s most important advances in clinical cancer research and what these advances mean for their treatment and care. ■ © 2011. American Society of ...

Clinical Cancer Advances 2011: ASCO’s Report on Progress Against Cancer

ASCO  / December 15, 2011

This year marks the 40th anniversary ofthe National Cancer Act and places a more prominent focus on how much progress against cancer has been made over the past 4 decades. In the past year alone, significant advances have been made in cancer prevention and screening, hard-to-treat cancers, and reduc...

Journal of Oncology Practice Explores Use of Palliative Care in Practice

ASCO  / December 15, 2011

A recent issue of the Journal of Oncology Practice features a special series of articles on palliative care and end-of-life issues in the oncology practice setting. Articles explore the integration of palliative care services in ambulatory settings, unique delivery mechanisms for palliative care, th...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Programs for Medical Students and Residents Support Diversity in Oncology Workforce

ASCO  / January 1, 2012

The Conquer Cancer Foundation funds two programs, the Medical Student Rotation (MSR) and the Resident Travel Award (RTA), to facilitate the recruitment and retention of individuals from populations underrepresented in medicine to cancer careers, with a special focus on the development of clinical ...

Weekly Online Polls Help Define Key Concerns of ASCO Members

ASCO  / January 1, 2012

ASCO members now have the opportunity to help the Society gather information and opinions about important cancer policy issues. ASCO in Action, ASCO’s revamped policy news website (http://ascoaction.asco.org), features weekly polls designed to gauge the views of ASCO members on a variety of topics...

Young Investigator Award Renamed to Honor ASCO Founder Jane C. Wright, MD

ASCO  / January 1, 2012

At the 2011 Annual Meeting, the Conquer Cancer Foundation renamed one of its annual awards to honor the legacy of one of ASCO’s groundbreaking founders. The Jane C. Wright, MD, Young Investigator Award (YIA) recognizes Dr. Wright’s leadership at ASCO, her contributions to the field of oncology, and ...

ASCO President Michael P. Link, MD, Joins Colleagues in Honoring a Friend and Touching the Future through Philanthropy

ASCO  / January 1, 2012

As an active member of ASCO, and as a leader of the Society in recent years, ASCO President Michael P. Link, MD, has a long history of giving to the Society-affiliated Conquer Cancer Foundation. “Our family has always felt that it’s a good thing to support,” he said. “The Foundation supports initi...

Help Your Patients Start Off Healthy in 2012

ASCO  / January 1, 2012

The beginning of a new year is an opportunity for a fresh start for many, including people with cancer. To help your patients set and achieve their health and wellness goals, direct them to Cancer.Net (www.cancer.net), ASCO’s patient website, where they can learn about seven steps for a healthier ne...

Oncology’s Only Benchmark Report, National Practice Benchmark, Is Now a Yearly JOP Supplement

ASCO  / November 15, 2011

Would it surprise you to learn that 40% of your peers in oncology who responded to a survey last year have a certified electronic medical record system in place? Or that 86% of them are in physician-owned practices? Or that the average number of full-time equivalent hematology/oncology physicians in...

ASCO in Action Online: Your Source for Policy News and Information

ASCO  / November 15, 2011

The recently enhanced ASCO in Action site ascoaction.asco.org is a one-stop source for the latest policy news related to quality cancer care and research. Whether it is information about legislation that affects cancer patients or oncology practices, easy links to ASCO’s recent policy positions, o...

Help Your Patients Understand Lung Cancer

ASCO  / November 15, 2011

Did you know that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month? For an introduction to lung cancer, direct your patients to the fact sheet ASCO Answers: Lung Cancer at www.cancer.net/factsheets. For more detailed information, your patients can read the Cancer.Net Guide to Lung Cancer at www.cancer.net/lu...

Susan Halabi, PhD, Is Helping to Fund Future of Cancer Research

ASCO  / November 1, 2011

Susan Halabi, PhD, thinks in terms of probabilities. Based at Duke University School of Medicine, where she is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Dr. Halabi specializes in the design and analysis of clinical trials, statistical analysis of biomarker and microarray data, and ...

GI Symposium Helps Oncologists Stay Abreast of Fast-moving Research

ASCO  / November 1, 2011

Gastrointestinal cancers are a key therapeutic area in research, and science is moving forward in that arena at a fast clip. But how are those who focus on gastrointestinal malignancies in the clinic supposed to stay on top of it all? One great way is to attend the annual Gastrointestinal Cancers S...

Coming Soon—Survivorship Booklet for Patients and Their Families

ASCO  / November 1, 2011

A new booklet from Cancer.Net explains survivorship and gives an overview of the challenges faced by cancer survivors. It provides the next steps cancer survivors can take after treatment, including the importance of follow-up care, rehabilitation, managing long-term side effects, and maintaining li...

ASCO Study Shows Integrating Nonphysician Providers into Oncology Practices Is a Win for Patients and Providers

ASCO  / October 15, 2011

Is the expanded use of nonphysician providers (NPPs) a viable way to help ease the challenges oncology practices could feel if the number of oncologists entering the field does not keep pace with potential growth in the demand for their services? The ASCO Workforce Advisory Group thought the questi...

Help Inform ASCO Policy with New Oncology Practice Survey

ASCO  / October 15, 2011

As part of ongoing efforts to respond to a rapidly evolving oncology practice environment, ASCO is conducting a groundbreaking national survey to better understand the challenges facing oncology practices brought on by the current economic, legislative, and regulatory changes. Under the guidance of ...

New Features Added to Cancer.Net’s Popular ‘Find an Oncologist’ Database

ASCO  / October 15, 2011

When patients need to find an oncologist, Cancer.Net is there to help with the Find an Oncologist database, at www.cancer.net/findanoncologist. This database is made up of ASCO members who have made their contact information public. In addition to location and specialty, patients can now search by g...

JCO Implements Rapid Review Program

ASCO  / October 15, 2011

In an effort to support the practice-changing or time-dependent results of select articles submitted to the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the publication has introduced a new Rapid Review program. This fast-paced track gives authors an opportunity to have their important findings accelerated through...

ASCO’s Immediate Past President Helps Build Future of Cancer Research and Care by Supporting Conquer Cancer Foundation

ASCO  / September 15, 2011

George W. Sledge, Jr, MD, has been treating patients with breast cancer, and pursuing research in the field, for more than 30 years—the last few electrified by a rapid proliferation of knowledge. “We have so much to offer our patients today,” says Dr. Sledge, who serves as Ballve-Lantero Professor ...

New ASCO in Action Website

ASCO  / September 15, 2011

For the past 2 years, ASCO members and others who have looked to ASCO for insight on policy issues have turned to the ASCO in Action section of the Society’s website for up-to-date information. Now, ASCO has launched a whole new website devoted entirely to policy issues and ASCO’s specific efforts t...

What the Latest Breast Cancer News Means for Patients

ASCO  / September 15, 2011

Direct your patients to www.­cancer.net/breastsymposium to learn about the research highlighted at the 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium in the special online newsletter, Cancer Advances: News for Patients from the 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium. Also, your patients can listen to a podcast of the symposium...

ASCO Connection Adds New Columnists, Launches Group Creation Option

ASCO  / September 1, 2011

ASCO’s professional networking site, ASCOconnection.org, continues to build depth in areas of interest to the oncology community, adding as its newest commentator ASCO President Michael P. Link, MD, the Lydia J. Lee Professor in Pediatric Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine, as well a...

Measures of Success for Cooperative Group Reorganization

ASCO  / September 1, 2011

ASCO continues to work with the NCI and others to transform the Cooperative Group Program through implementation of recommendations of the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, “A National Cancer Clinical Trials System for the 21st Century: Reinvigorating the Cooperative Group Program.” Five Goa...

ASCO Examines Impact of Health-care Reform on Cancer Care Disparities

ASCO  / September 1, 2011

In a new policy statement, ASCO outlines specific provisions of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that have the potential to reduce cancer care disparities. ASCO’s statement makes recommendations to ensure that such provisions are carried out effectively, and urges additional steps...

Pick up Cancer.Net Materials for Your Patients at the Breast Cancer Symposium

ASCO  / September 1, 2011

Stop by the ASCO booth in the Exhibit Hall at the Breast Cancer Symposium, September 8–10 in San Francisco, to pick up samples of some of the materials Cancer.Net has available for your patients. At the booth, you can learn about the Cancer.Net Guide to Breast Cancer and pick up fact sheets about br...

ASCO’s International Cancer Corps Launches Initiatives in Ethiopia and Vietnam

ASCO  / August 15, 2011

Imagine just four oncologists attempting to provide care for a population of 82 million people living in a country covering twice the territory of Texas. That’s the state of cancer care in Ethiopia. And imagine a country of more than 90 million people—more than twice the population of California—wh...

Oncology Community Briefs Members of Congress and Calls for Action

ASCO  / August 15, 2011

ASCO and seven other oncology organizations held a Capitol Hill briefing in July and explained to nearly 200 members of Congress and their staffs how widespread cancer drug shortages are creating “a crisis in care.” According to the University of Utah Drug Information Service, the number of drug sh...

ASCO’s Oncology Slide Library Functions as a Share‑and‑Exchange Forum

ASCO  / August 15, 2011

ASCO’s Oncology Slide Library—which allows ASCO meeting attendees to upload and share their ASCO meeting presentation slides with slide-library subscribers—may only be a year old, but participation is already very high. This year’s Annual Meeting in June marked the first time ASCO gave each speaker ...

Help Your Patients Manage the Cost of Cancer Care

ASCO  / August 15, 2011

Because the cost of cancer care can be high, it is important for your patients to understand what to expect before starting treatment so that they can manage the financial effect of cancer in the most effective way possible. To that end, Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website, offers a guide...

ASCO University® Launches New Programs

ASCO  / July 15, 2011

A couple of convenient new educational opportunities are now available on the ASCO University® website (http://university.asco.org). Cardiac Comorbidity Boards ASCO University® is now offering a pilot series that focuses on cardiovascular disease and cancer treatment–related toxicities. Each modul...

Special Award Recipients Honored at 2011 ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO  / July 15, 2011

Each year, as a way to recognize enhancements in cancer care, ASCO honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the Society, the practice of oncology, and patients with cancer. At this year’s Annual Meeting, ASCO was pleased to recognize the 2011 Special Award recipients: Kenneth C...

Stephen Cannistra, MD, Takes Over as Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Clinical Oncology

ASCO  / July 15, 2011

Since 1989, Stephen Cannistra, MD, has been working to make the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) the most credible, authoritative resource for disseminating significant clinical oncology research while acting as a reviewer, Consultant Editor, Associate Editor, Editorial Board Member, and as of Jun...

Bequest from Dr. Nora Janjan and Jack Calvin Supports Conquer Cancer Foundation’s Work in Palliative Care

ASCO  / July 1, 2011

For Nora Janjan, MD, MPSA, MBA, the practice of oncology is rooted in purpose, empathy, and trust. “You walk into the hospital and you know exactly why you’re there,” she says. “You are there to help patients and their loved ones through probably the most difficult experience that they will ever fa...

Mark G. Kris, MD, Recipient of First ASCO Humanitarian Award

ASCO  / July 1, 2011

The ASCO Humanitarian Award honors an oncologist who personifies ASCO’s mission and values by going above and beyond the call of duty in providing outstanding patient care through innovative means or exceptional service and leadership in voluntary, uncompensated endeavors in the United States or abr...

Accelerating Progress vs Cancer

ASCO  / July 1, 2011

At the opening press briefing and throughout ASCO’s 47th Annual Meeting, presenters marked the 40th anniversary of the National Cancer Act by highlighting the significant progress made in cancer treatment over the past 4 decades, the major challenges ahead, and new research models to find better tre...

Help Your Patients Understand the Latest Research

ASCO  / July 1, 2011

Direct your patients to www.cancer.net/podcasts to hear ASCO experts discuss the research that was presented at the 2011 ASCO Annual Meeting. This series of “Research Round-up” podcasts provides the latest information on treatment and care for people with cancer, and will help your patients understa...

Newly Elected Society Officials for 2011

ASCO  / July 1, 2011

In December 2010, ASCO announced the results of its 2011 Election for President-Elect and for members of the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee. Sandra M. Swain, MD (Washington Hospital Center’s Washington Cancer Institute, Georgetown University, and Uniformed Services University of the...

ASCO Launches Initiative to Showcase Progress Against Cancer

ASCO  / June 15, 2011

To demonstrate the value of the U.S. clinical cancer research system and the urgent need to strengthen and support clinical trials, a new ASCO website highlights the great progress made in clinical cancer research since the signing of the National Cancer Act in 1971. Over the past 40 years, major m...

Breast Cancer Symposium to Offer Uniquely Interdisciplinary Approach for Attendees

ASCO  / June 15, 2011

Many breast cancer–focused meetings and conferences are held each year, but the Breast Cancer Symposium, which takes place this year in San Francisco, September 8–11, is one of the few that takes an interdisciplinary approach to delivering practical, how-to clinical information for attendees from al...

Living Life beyond Cancer: ASCO’s Focus on Survivorship

ASCO  / June 15, 2011

On June 5, National Cancer Survivors Day participants united to celebrate living beyond cancer and focus on the issues facing cancer survivors, an area in which ASCO is increasing its efforts. ASCO recently developed a new committee focused on survivorship to tackle issues related to cancer survivo...

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