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Solange Peters, MD, PhD, and Mary Gospodarowicz, MD, on Mentoring Women in Oncology: An International Perspective

Solange Peters, MD, PhD, of the University of Lausanne, who has been a driving force in ESMO’s efforts to promote women in oncology, talks with Mary Gospodarowicz, MD, of Princess Margaret Hospital, a recipient of the 2017 Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award.

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Elizabeth J. Shpall, MD, and Nina Shah, MD—Mentor and Mentee: A Conversation

Elizabeth J. Shpall, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and recipient of the 2017 Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award, discusses promoting women in oncology with Nina Shah, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco, the protégé who nominated Dr. Shpall for this ...

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Lee S. Schwartzberg, MD: 2017 Update on ICLIO: Adopting Immunotherapy in the Community Setting

Lee S. Schwartzberg, MD, of West Cancer Center, reports on this past year’s progress of the ACCC initiative to speed adoption of immunotherapeutics in community practices.

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Xuesong Han, PhD, on Early-Stage Diagnosis and the Affordable Care Act: An Epidemiologic Study

Xuesong Han, PhD, of the American Cancer Society, discusses the Affordable Care Act and her study findings showing how implementation of the law is associated with a shift to early-stage diagnosis for all screenable cancers except prostate cancer (likely due to Task Force recommendations against...

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

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

head and neck cancer
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Maura L. Gillison, MD, PhD, on HPV and the Value of the Vaccine

Maura L. Gillison, MD, PhD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses her findings on the impact of prophylactic human papillomavirus vaccination on oral HPV infections among young adults in the United States. (Abstract 6003)

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Gary Rodin, MD, on Advanced Cancer: The CALM Psychological Intervention

Gary Rodin, MD, of the University of Toronto, discusses study findings on a systematic approach to alleviating distress and managing predictable challenges. (Abstract LBA10001)

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Paul M. Cinciripini, PhD, on Smoking Cessation in Patients With Cancer

Paul M. Cinciripini, PhD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses the oncologist’s role in addressing and documenting cancer patients’ smoking and cessation attempts as well as treatment advances.

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Brian Weiss, MD, on Reducing Treatment Errors With Improvement Science

Brian Weiss, MD, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, discusses a program designed to eliminate errors in chemotherapy use among pediatric patients whose regimens incorporate multiple drugs and rigorous monitoring schedules (Abstract 37).

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Thomas J. Smith, MD, on Oral Abstract Session B (2017 Quality Care Symposium)

Thomas J. Smith, MD, of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, summarizes two papers for which he was a discussant: reducing overuse of colony-stimulating factors without compromising the safety of patients with lung cancer receiving chemotherapy, and a cost-and-survival...

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Gabrielle Rocque, MD, on The Oncology Care Model: Transforming Practices

Gabrielle Rocque, MD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, discusses the challenges of implementing Oncology Care Model requirements, such as providing treatment plans, and the opportunities to transform practices with improved workflow and patient outcomes.

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Gwendolyn P. Quinn, PhD, on Underserved Cancer Patients and Survivors: Are We Listening to Them?

Gwendolyn P. Quinn, PhD, of Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses the challenges that minority, LGBTQ, low-literacy, and underserved populations face in getting their voices heard and what it will take to change that.

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Julie Bryar Porter, MS, on Improving Care: One Center’s Experience

Julie Bryar Porter, MS, of Stanford Health Care, discusses an approach to improving patient care with physician-led quality measures from diagnosis through end of life implemented at her academic cancer center (Abstract 49).

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Blase N. Polite, MD, MPP: The Oncology Care Model in Academia

Blase N. Polite, MD, MPP, of the University of Chicago, discusses implementing the Oncology Care Model in an academic health center and the challenges of getting buy-in from faculty members.

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Robert S. Miller, MD, on CancerLinQ: Big Data and Clinical Effectiveness

Robert S. Miller, MD, of ASCO, updates the progress of CancerLinQ and its data set, now being used by oncologists to track quality measurement and reporting.

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Greg D. Judy, MD, on Safety Incidents in Radiotherapy

Greg D. Judy, MD, of UNC Health Care, discusses the contributing factors, and possible fixes, for near-miss and actual safety incidents in patients being treated with radiotherapy.

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Diana D. Jeffery, PhD, on Mental Health Comorbidities: Predictors of Cost and Utilization

Diana D. Jeffery, PhD, of the Defense Health Agency, discusses the need to screen for mental health comorbidities, including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, substance use disorders, and persistent mental illnesses, as shown in a study of breast and prostate cancer patients (Abstract 18).

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John V. Cox, DO, MBA, on 2017 Quality Care Symposium Highlights: Expert Perspective

John V. Cox, DO, MBA, of the Parkland Health System/UTSW, discusses some of the key presentations at the 2017 Quality Care Symposium (Abstracts 3, 37, 52).

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Lawrence Fong, MD, on Novel T-Cell Checkpoint Combinations

Lawrence Fong, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco, discusses combination immunotherapy, now approved in melanoma, and the trials underway to explore other indications.

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Elizabeth Ann Mittendorf, MD, PhD, on ASCO-SITC Meeting Highlights: Expert Perspective

Elizabeth Ann Mittendorf, MD, PhD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses some of the top papers presented at the ASCO-SITC Symposium and how these presentations will affect clinical practice.

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Brian C. Allen, MD, on Assessing Tumor Response: Standard-of-Care vs Computer-Assisted Evaluation

Brian C. Allen, MD, of Duke University Medical Center, discusses the benefits of using a computerized process that provides step-wise guidance, decreases interpretation time, and reduces errors when measuring tumor response to treatment. (Abstract 432)

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Jennifer K. Litton, MD, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, on Breast Cancer in Young Women

Jennifer K. Litton, MD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Ann H. Partridge, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discuss a range of issues for young women with breast cancer, including epidemiologic and biologic differences in younger patients, fertility issues, and pregnancy-associated breast...

hematologic malignancies
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Marie Bleakley, MD, PhD, on GVHD: Reducing Rates and Increasing Survival

Marie Bleakley, MD, PhD, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, discusses data on using naive T-cell depletion of peripheral blood stem cells, which led to very low rates of chronic graft-vs-host-disease and high survival (Abstract 668).

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Louis Harrison, MD, on Radiation Oncology and the Future of Health Care

Louis B. Harrison, MD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses radiation oncology in the context of personalized medicine, multidisciplinary care, new technology and applications, and the mandate to contain costs.

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Lia M. Halasz, MD, on Disparities in Radiotherapy Delivery 126

Lia M. Halasz, MD, of the University of Washington Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, summarizes a session on the uneven delivery of radiotherapy in the United States and around the world. (Scientific Session 10)

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Howard M. Sandler, MD, on RTOG’s Past and NRG’s Future 126

Howard M. Sandler, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, discusses prospective clinical trials as the gold standard of clinical decision-making and examines the infrastructure needed for future cancer research. (Abstract PS 3)

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Randy L. Wei, MD, PhD, on Radiation Oncologists and Palliative Care

Randy L. Wei, MD, PhD, of the University of California, Irvine, discusses findings from a survey that focused on ASTRO members who assessed their ability to deliver palliative and supportive care, and their access to continuing medical education on the topic (Abstract 105).

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Sriram Yennu, MD, on Patient Perception of Curability

Sriram Yennu, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses findings from a study of an international cohort of patients with advanced cancer who received palliative care. Nearly half the patients incorrectly believed their cancer was curable (Abstract 5).

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Jennifer S. Temel, MD, on The Changing Conversation Around Prognostication

Jennifer S. Temel, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses increasing prognostic uncertainty in light of targeted treatments and immunotherapies, and the difficulty predicting who will benefit.

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Emily Haozous, PhD, RN, on Cultural Differences in End-of-Life Care

Emily Haozous, PhD, RN, of the University of New Mexico, discusses health disparities and cultural differences in palliative and end-of-life care, with case study examples drawn from American Indian communities.

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J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, on Supporting Family Caregivers: The ENABLE Model

J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, discusses the “hidden” health-care workforce of family caregivers and what clinicians can do to help ease the burden on families.

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Charles D. Blanke, MD, on Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act

Charles D. Blanke, MD, of the Oregon Health & Science University and Southwest Oncology Group, discusses the nearly 20 years’ experience with Oregon’s Death With Dignity (DWD) Act, a voter initiative that led to the first such law enacted in the United States (Abstract 44).

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Patricia J. Goldsmith on Patient Access and Engagement: Results of the CancerCare Report

Patricia J. Goldsmith, Chief Executive Officer of CancerCare, which provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer, discusses findings from six distinct surveys with input from more than 3,000 individuals at varying stages of their cancer experience.

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Eric Roeland, MD, and Timothy E. Quill, MD, on the Debate Over Physician-Assisted Death

Eric Roeland, MD, of the University of California, San Diego, and Timothy E. Quill, MD, of the University of Rochester Medical Center, discuss the debate on whether physician-assisted death should be a legally available option at the end of life when neither palliative nor hospice care is...

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Maria Clemence Schwaederle, PharmD, on Precision Medicine: Its Impact in Refractory Malignancies

Maria Clemence Schwaederle, PharmD, of the University of California, San Diego, discusses an analysis of 13,203 patients in phase I clinical trials, which showed that a personalized strategy led to improved response rate and progression-free survival (Abstract 11520).

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Lee S. Schwartzberg, MD, on Progress of the Institute for Clinical Immuno-Oncology

Lee S. Schwartzberg, MD, of The West Clinic, reports on progress of the now year-old ACCC initiative to speed adoption of immunotherapeutics in community practices.

cost of care
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Yousuf Zafar, MD, on the Financial Burden of Cancer Care

Yousuf Zafar, MD, of Duke Cancer Institute, summarizes his educational lecture on the financial toxicities of treatment and the need to focus on both short- and long-term interventions to reduce the burden on patients.

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

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

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Monika K. Krzyzanowska, MD, MPH, on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: Expert Perspective

Monika K. Krzyzanowska, MD, of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, summarizes a session that she co-chaired on this key topic.

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Randall F. Holcombe, MD, on Delivering Quality Care in a Large, Urban Institution

Randall F. Holcombe, MD, of the Icahn Mount Sinai School of Medicine, discusses the challenges of delivering quality care in an academic setting at a large hospital.

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Lee N. Newcomer, MD, on Assessing Quality: Payer Perspective

Lee N. Newcomer, MD, of the UnitedHealth Group, gives his perspective on how to assess quality in the age of precision medicine.

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Allison Kurian, MD, on Assessing Quality in the Age of Precision Medicine

Allison Kurian, MD, of Stanford University School of Medicine, discusses pressing questions about the clinical utility and value of extended genomic testing and other forms of precision medicine.

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Joseph O. Jacobson, MD, on Improving Cancer Care: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why

Joseph O. Jacobson, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses a session he co-chaired on the thorny questions of how best to improve cancer care.

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Sandra L. Wong, MD's, Oral Abstract Discussion: Expert Perspective

Sandra L. Wong, MD, of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, summarizes three abstracts for which she was the discussant. The topics were rates of surgical site infections, an online resource for hospital cancer surgery volumes, and barriers to oncology appointments at comprehensive cancer...

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Patricia A. Ganz, MD, on Improving Quality and Value in Cancer Care

Patricia A. Ganz, MD, of the University of California at Los Angeles, the 2016 winner of the Joseph V. Simone Award, summarizes her “Lecture for Excellence in Quality and Safety in the Care of Patients With Cancer.”

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Joseph V. Simone, MD, on Safety and Quality in Cancer Care: The Big Picture

Joseph V. Simone, MD, of the Simone Consulting Company, reflects on the prospects for the future of safety and quality.

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Craig Earle, MD, on The Science of Quality

Craig Earle, MD, of Canada’s Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, summarizes abstracts discussed in a ticketed session that he co-chaired on this key topic. (Abstracts 173, 174, 175)

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Kerin B. Adelson, MD, on Improving Cancer Staging

Kerin B. Adelson, MD, of the Yale Cancer Center, discusses an electronic decision support tool to capture staging data. This information allows automated reports for clinical trial screening, outcomes analysis, quality comparisons, and reporting. (Abstract 151)

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Dawn L. Hershman, MD, on Improving Quality and Safety With Multidisciplinary Teams

Dawn L. Hershman, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center, summarizes a joint ASCO/NCI session on this important topic, including the challenges and solutions.

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Global Perspectives on the Integration of Biosimilars Into Oncology Practice

Dr. Robert Rifkin, Medical Director of Biosimilars at US Oncology Research, moderates a roundtable discussion on Global Perspectives on the Integration of Biosimilars into Oncology Practice, held in conjunction with the 2015 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida....

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