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Blue Distinction Center for Cellular Immunotherapy Status Granted to Huntsman Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is the first Regence provider designated as a national Blue Distinction Center for Cellular Immunotherapy. Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy (CAR–T)-designated hospitals must be certified by a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation S...

Global Coalition for Adaptive Research in Glioblastoma

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

The Global Coalition for Adaptive Research (GCAR) announced recently that the GBM AGILE clinical trial is opening its first clinical site, the Henry Ford Cancer Institute, and has begun enrolling patients. GBM AGILE is the world’s first global adaptive clinical trial platform for glioblastoma and wi...

MASCC’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award Winner

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019  / 2019 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting

Rachel Gibson, PhD, was named the recipient of MASCC’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award, MASCC’s highest honor. The award is made in recognition of meritorious achievement and outstanding contributions to the society. Dr. Gibson has just been appointed inaugural Professor and Director, Allied Heal...

AACR Announces 2019 Class of Fellows of the AACR Academy

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recently announced its newly elected class of Fellows of the AACR Academy. The mission of the AACR Academy is to recognize and honor distinguished scientists whose scientific contributions have propelled innovation and progress against cancer. The...

Johns Hopkins Awarded $3.2 Million NIH Grant for Early-Stage Bladder Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, the Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute, the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, the Brady Urological Institute, and the Center for Computational Genomics at Johns Hopkins have received a $3.2 million grant from the National Inst...

Leading City of Hope Hematologists Appointed to New Positions

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

Larry Kwak, MD, PhD, has been appointed the Deputy Director of City of Hope’s Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute. Tanya Siddiqi, MD, Associate Clinical Professor in City of Hope’s Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, has been...

COTA Signs Research Collaboration Agreement With FDA

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

COTA, Inc, a precision medicine technology company, announced that it has signed a 2-year Research Collaboration Agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Information Exchange and Data Transformation (INFORMED) Program, the Agency’s data science and technology incubator that support...

Broad Institute Launches Cancer Diagnostics Center

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard recently announced a new $15 million commitment by Louis V. Gerstner, Jr, former Corporate Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of IBM Corporation, and Current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Broad Institute, to create the Gerstner Center for C...

Hope Cancer Care of Nevada Joins the American Oncology Network

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

The American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) has announced that Hope Cancer Care of Nevada, a leading community oncology/hematology practice in Las Vegas, will join AON, effective July 1, 2019. The American Oncology Network is an alliance of physicians and veteran health-care leaders working to ensure t...

NCI Boosts University of Hawai’i Cancer Center Support to $8.4M

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has increased monetary support to the University of Hawai’i (UH) Cancer Center from $5.7 million to $8.4 million and has extended the term of the current NCI designation by an additional year, until July 2022. The funding supports the core research infrastructure ...

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Earns NCI Designation

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, has been named a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center. The NCI designation recognizes Sylvester as among the top cancer centers in the United States. Sylvester joins a hig...

ASH Honors Richard Aster, MD, With the Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will recognize Richard Aster, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin and Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin in Milwaukee with the 2019 Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology. Dr. Aster will be honored for his significant contribu...

Institute of Cancer Research Annual Science and Medical Image Competition

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

Each year, investigators from the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, and the Royal Marsden NHS Trust collaborate to showcase images from their research to highlight the often unseen beauty of science. Maxine Lam, PhD,  a postdoctoral training fellow at ICR captured an image of a cancer cell...

Joseph A. Sparano, MD, to Receive William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture Award

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

Joseph A. Sparano, MD, will receive the William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture Award at the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), to be held December 10–14. The McGuire Award was established in 1992 to honor William L. McGuire, MD, who, along with Charles A. Coltman, MD, founded the SABCS i...

American Cancer Society and Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance Launch New Ovarian Cancer Research Collaboration

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2019

IN A NEW COLLABORATION, the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance have joined forces to fund multidisciplinary research projects to explore new ways of detecting, treating, and preventing ovarian cancer relapse and to improve quality of life among those diagnosed with ovar...

Jason S. Lewis, PhD, Receives SNMMI Award for Outstanding Achievement in Basic Nuclear Medicine Science

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2019

Jason S. Lewis, PhD, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Paul C. Aebersold Award. Dr. Lewis is the Emily Tow Jackson Chair in Oncology and Vice Chair for Research and Chief Attending, Radiochemistry and Imaging Sciences Service, Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Ce...

Friends of Cancer Research Launches Next Phase in Real-World Evidence Initiative

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2019

FRIENDS OF CANCER RESEARCH (Friends) is launching the next phase of its Real-World Evidence pilot project after a broad stakeholder meeting in February 2019. At the meeting, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and various data partners expressed interest in continuing to address several chal...

Cathy Eng, MD, FASCO, Named to Gastrointestinal Cancer Leadership Position at Vanderbilt-Ingram

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2019

  CATHY ENG, MD, FASCO, Professor of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, is joining Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC). She was recruited to assume the role of Co-Leader of the VICC Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Program. Dr...

New Members Join Stand Up To Cancer’s Advisory Committee

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2019

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), with its scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), announced two new members of the SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee: John D. Carpten, PhD, Director of the Institute of Translational Genomics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University...

William Cance, MD, Named Interim Director of University of Arizona Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2019

William Cance, MD, Deputy Director of the University of Arizona (UA) Cancer Center in Phoenix has been appointed Interim Director of the UA Cancer Center. Dr. Cance, who joined the UA in October 2016, is also Professor in the Departments of Interdisciplinary Oncology, Pharmacology and Toxicolog...

Bladder Cancer

New NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Bladder Cancer

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2019

THE TREATMENT LANDSCAPE for bladder cancer has changed dramatically over the past few years, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) recently announced the newly published NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Bladder Cancer, created with funding through the NCCN Foundation. The guidelines h...

PatientPoint Campaign Brings NCCN Resources to Oncology Practices

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2019

PATIENTPOINT AND the National Comprehensive Cancer Network®(NCCN®) recently announced a new collaboration to integrate the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® on Nausea and Vomiting into the PatientPoint Interact Exam Room Program. PatientPoint is also promoting NCCN programs and evidence-based NCCN resou...

Krista Nelson, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, BCD, Receives Leadership in Oncology Social Work Award

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2019

KRISTA NELSON, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, BCD, has been awarded the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) 2019 Leadership in Oncology Social Work Award. The award was conferred during the AOSW 35th Annual Conference, in Tucson. The Leadership in Oncology Social Work Award is sponsored by the Americ...

UCSF Opens Cancer Facility Devoted to Precision Medicine

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2019

THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, San Francisco (UCSF) has opened a pioneering cancer center devoted to providing adult patients with highly advanced treatments, including immunotherapy, genetic counseling, molecular profiling of tumors, fully integrated clinical trials, and advanced imaging. The UCSF B...

Florida Cancer Specialists Welcomes Barry S. Berman, MD

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2019

FLORIDA CANCER SPECIALISTS & Research Institute (FCS) recently announced that medical oncologist and hematologist Barry S. Berman, MD, has joined the statewide practice and will be seeing patients in two offices: West Palm Beach and Wellington North.  Board-certified in medical oncology, h...

CancerCare® Publishes Manifesto on the Importance of Patients’ Values in Treatment Decision-Making

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2019

CANCERCARE® has announced the publication of a patient manifesto that emphasizes the importance of including patients’ values and priorities in cancer treatment planning. This manifesto can be used to inform and advocate with policymakers, insurers, health-care administrators, electronic medical rec...

Lung Cancer

Winship Cancer Institute Awarded Lung Cancer SPORE Grant From NCI

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2019

The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University has been awarded a 5-year, $9.7 million Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study new approaches for lung cancer treatment. It is reportedly the only grant of its kind to be awarded in t...

Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Elects New Officers for 2019–2020

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2019

The society of nuclear medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) announced a new slate of officers during its 2019 Annual Meeting, in Anahaeim, California. Alan B. Packard, PhD, and Richard L. Wahl, MD, were elected the 2019–2020 President-Elect and Vice President-Elect, respectively. Alan B. Packard,...

Joann Sweasy, PhD, Joins University of Arizona Cancer Center as Associate Director for Basic Sciences

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2019

Joann Sweasy, PhD, an expert in DNA repair and genomic instability, has joined the University of Arizona Cancer Center as Associate Director for Basic Sciences. Dr. Sweasy also has been appointed to a joint faculty position at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, in the Departments...

Willie Underwood III, MD, MSc, MPH, Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2019

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced the election of Willie Underwood III, MD, MSc, MPH, a urologist based in Buffalo, New York, to its Board of Trustees. A board-certified urologic surgeon specializing in prostate cancer, Dr. Underwood has been an active leader in organized medici...

Queen Elizabeth II Bestows Honor on V. Craig Jordan, OBE, PhD, DSc, FMedSci

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2019

On June 7, 2019, Professor V. Craig Jordan, OBE, PhD, DSc, FMedSci, was appointed Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George by Queen Elizabeth II on her 93rd birthday. Each year, the Queen recognizes the achievements of people from across the British Commonwealth. ...

Endowment Helps George Washington University Cancer Center to Create Position of Dr. Cyrus Katzen Family Director

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2019

The George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center has announced the establishment of the Dr. Cyrus Katzen Family Director of the GW Cancer Center, thanks to a gift from GW alumnus and former Board of Trustee member Jay Katzen, MD. The gift will support the ongoing growth and expansion o...

OneOncology Expands Executive Leadership Team

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2019

ONEONCOLOGY, a clinical partnership between three community oncology practices—Tennessee Oncology, New York Cancer and Blood, and West Cancer Center, and other independent community oncologists, recently announced three new appointments to the group's executive team: Natalie Dickson, MD, as Chief Me...

Access Program to Be Established for Patients After Olaratumab Is Withdrawn From the Global Market

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2019

ELI LILLY AND COMPANY recently announced that it has been working to facilitate the withdrawal of olaratumab from the market for the treatment of advanced soft-tissue sarcoma. Lilly’s actions to withdraw olaratumab from the market follow completion of the international phase III ANNOUNCE clinical tr...

Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD, Elected to Association of American Physicians

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2019

Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD, Director of Cedars-Sinai Cancer and Phase ONE Foundation Distinguished Chair in Oncology, has been inducted as a new member of the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Theodorescu is a translational cancer researcher and expert in bladder cancer. He is known for his...

NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center Expands Care With New Outpatient Facility

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2019

NYU Langone Health has opened the doors to a new multispecialty outpatient facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. This new location features the capabilities of the Perlmutter Cancer Center. Previously, patients received radiation treatment at NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn and chemotherapy and other in...

Hematologic Malignancies
Leukemia

New NCCN Guidelines for Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2019

Recently, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) debuted the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)—the most comprehensive and up-to-date, evidence-based, consensus-driven guidelines for treating children with can...

Roswell Park and Partners Launch Community-Based Care Network in New York and Pennsylvania

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2019

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined with hospitals, health systems, physicians, and supportive care teams from across New York to launch the Roswell Park Care Network. Led by Roswell Park, the network is the most expansive community cancer, supportive care, and specialized care affil...

NCCN Names 2019 Young Investigator Award Recipients

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2019

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) and the NCCN Foundation® recently announced four recipients of the annual Young Investigator Awards. These awards provide funding and study support to early-career cancer researchers from across the 28 academic cancer centers that comprise NCCN. Th...

Skin Cancer

UMass Lowell Student Wins Award for Research in Skin Cancers

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2019

Tyler Iorizzo, a PhD candidate in physics at UMass Lowell’s Advanced Biophotonics Laboratory, has won international recognition for his work in developing an imaging device that could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of certain skin cancers. Mr. Iorizzo received an Educational Award fr...

Hematologic Malignancies

Dana-Farber Opens Center for the Prevention of Progression for Precursor Hematologic Conditions

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2019

Against the backdrop of the online crowd-sourcing initiative PCROWD and other research by faculty investigators on precursor conditions that may develop into leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), or multiple myeloma, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has opened the Center for the Prevention of ...

Ronald Walters, MD, and Ruth O’Regan, MD, Elected to NCCN Board of Directors

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2019

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) recently announced the election of Ronald Walters, MD, to the role of Chair of the Board of Directors and Ruth O’Regan, MD, was named Vice Chair. Dr. Walters is Associate Head for the Institute for Cancer Care Innovation and a breast canc...

George Laramore, MD, PhD, FACR, FASTRO, Awarded National Association for Proton Therapy Lifetime Achievement Award

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2019

The Board of Directors of the National Association for Proton Therapy (NAPT) has awarded George Laramore, MD, PhD, FACR, FASTRO, of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy Center and the University of Washington, the 2019 NAPT Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his decades of...

Richard T. Silver, MD, Receives 2019 ELN Merit Award

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2019

Richard T. Silver, MD, Professor of Medicine of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology and Emeritus Director of the Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Center at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been awarded the 2019 European -LeukemiaNet (ELN) Merit Award in recognition of his contributions to the i...

Immunotherapy

Cornelis J.M. Melief, MD, PhD, Honored With AACR-CRI Award in Cancer Immunology

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2019

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has recognized Cornelis J.M. Melief, MD, PhD, with the seventh AACR–Cancer Research Institute (CRI) Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology. Dr. Melief is Emeritus Professor at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, as well a...

NCI Approves John Theurer Cancer Center as Member of Research Consortium

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2019

John Theurer Cancer Center, part of Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center and a leading cancer institution in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, announced recently that it received approval from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a research consortium member of ...

Memorial Sloan Kettering Unveils New Site on Long Island

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2019

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) announced its commitment to communities across Long Island with the dedication of MSK Nassau, an outpatient cancer treatment facility centrally located in Nassau County, New York. MSK’s newest location, and its third on Long Island, opened for patient car...

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Welcomes Awais Khan, MD

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2019

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute recently announced that medical oncologist and hematologist Awais Khan, MD, has joined the practice and will be seeing patients at the Palm Coast office. Dr. Khan is board-certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. His research has f...

Latest Practice to Join OneOncology: Arizona Blood & Cancer Specialists

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2019

OneOncology, the national partnership of independent community oncologists, announced that it is entering into a new partnership with Arizona Blood & Cancer Specialists. The new practice will be the fourth to join OneOncology, a network already comprising 227 physicians practicing at 62 sit...

First Full-Time Cancer Center to Serve Members of Navajo Nation

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2019

Leaders of the Navajo Nation, the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (Tuba City), and the Cancer Support Community (CSC) joined Jill Biden, EdD, on the Navajo Nation in the opening of the first full-time cancer center on an American Indian reservation. The culturally adapted cancer care cent...

Issues in Oncology

NCI Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2019

The latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer finds that, for all cancer sites combined, cancer death rates continued to decline in men, women, and children in the United States from 1999 to 2016. Overall cancer incidence rates, or rates of new cancers, decreased in men from 2008 to...

ASCO Honors Leaders in Cancer Care With 2019 Special Awards

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2019 - Narratives Special Issue

ASCO and ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation are proud to recognize the winners of ASCO’s Special Awards and Conquer Cancer’s Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards and Tribute Award. The recipients of these awards have worked to transform cancer care around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity t...

News From the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2019 - Narratives Special Issue

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued final rulings on several issues relevant to prescription drug prices and Medicaid provider payments. Prescription Drug Prices On May 16, 2019, CMS issued a final rule that modernizes and improves the Medicare Advantage and Par...

NIH Selects Three Oncology Investigators as Lasker Clinical Research Scholars

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2019 - Narratives Special Issue

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected eight scientists as Lasker Clinical Research Scholars as part of a joint initiative with the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation to foster the next generation of clinical scientists. Three of these investigators are involved in oncology reasearch. ...

2019 Fellows of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO) Recognized During Annual Meeting in Chicago

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2019 - Narratives Special Issue

The Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO) distinction recognizes ASCO members for their extraordinary volunteer service, dedication, and commitment to ASCO. The recipients of the FASCO designation were recognized during the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting, May 31–June 4, 2019, at McCo...

AACR Inaugurated New Leadership at 2019 Annual Meeting

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2019 - Narratives Special Issue

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) inaugurated Elaine R. Mardis, PhD, as President for 2019–2020 during the 2019 AACR Annual Meeting. Dr. Mardis holds the Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair in Genomic Medicine and is Co–Executive Director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine ...

AACR Announces Three Distinguished Public Service Award Recipients

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2019 - Narratives Special Issue

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) presented the Distinguished Public Service Award to three individuals for their work in preventing and curing all cancers through research, education, communication, collaboration, science policy and advocacy, and funding for cancer ...

Stand Up To Cancer Names Grant Recipients of ‘Innovation in Collaboration’

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2019 - Narratives Special Issue

The Phillip A. Sharp Awards for Innovation in Collaboration, are named for Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, Nobel Laureate, and molecular biologist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in recognition of his emphasis on collaboration across research institutions and different teams. Stand Up To Cance...

Susan G. Komen Welcomes Five Leaders to New Research Advisory Roles

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Susan G. Komen recently announced new organizational advisory roles for five breast cancer oncologists. The new appointees will join the group of breast cancer researchers, clinicians, and advocates who help guide the organization’s work, particularly through the organization’s $988 million research...

Issues in Oncology

IMPACT Study, Aimed at Increasing Diversity Among Clinical Trial Participants, Launches

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

The University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center has launched a study to determine how financial assistance for costs associated with clinical trial participation might increase enrollment, particularly among low-income patients and racial and ethnic minorities. The stu...

Mary Beckerle, PhD, and Martin McMahon, PhD, Appointed to National Scientific Leadership Roles

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Mary Beckerle, PhD, Chief Executive Officer at Huntsman Cancer Institute and Professor of Biology and Oncological Sciences, University of Utah, and Martin McMahon, PhD, Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Senior Director of Pre-Clinical Translation and Professor of Dermatology, have been appointed...

City of Hope Announces Faculty Awards

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Over the past year, in recognition of their research and dedication to treating patients with cancer, several physician-scientists from City of Hope received awards, fellowships, and honor society inductions. These recipients listed below are experts in a variety of cancers and treatments, ranging f...

Gareth Morgan, MD, PhD, and Faith Davies, MD, Join New Center for Blood Cancers at NYU Langone Health

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Hematology experts Gareth Morgan, MD, PhD, and Faith Davies, MD, have joined the Center for Blood Cancers at NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center and will lead its multiple myeloma program. About Dr. Morgan Dr. Morgan, the Center’s Director of Multiple Myeloma Research, previously served ...

Jonas Bergh, MD, PhD, FRCP, Receives First ESMO Breast Cancer Award

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) announced recently that Jonas Bergh, MD, PhD, FRCP, of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, has been awarded the newly established 2019 ESMO Breast Cancer Award at the inaugural ESMO Breast Cancer Congress 2019. The ESMO Breast Cancer Award ac...

Dana-Farber Opens New Center for Patients With Lynch Syndrome

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute recently announced the opening of the first Lynch Syndrome Center dedicated to providing genetic counseling and testing for those at risk for the syndrome and delivering a new model of coordinated care for those living with the disease. A common and underdiagnosed genet...

Baylor Scott & White Health Names New Chief of Oncology, Ronan Kelly, MBBCh, MD, MBA

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health-care system in Texas, recently named Ronan Kelly, MBBCh, MD, MBA, Chief of Oncology for the organization’s North Texas medical centers. Dr. Kelly’s leadership will span Baylor University Medical Center—the System’s North Texas f...

AIM at Melanoma Foundation Opens First Melanoma Tissue Bank in the United States

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

The AIM at Melanoma Foundation recently announced the grand opening of the first branch of the International Melanoma Tissue Bank Consortium (IMTBC) at the Hillman Cancer Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The Pittsburgh site is the first of six global locations of the consortiu...

Lisa Kachnic, MD, Joins Columbia University as Chair of Radiation Oncology

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Lisa Kachnic, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Chief of the Radiation Oncology Service at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She will also serve as Associate Di...

Anjali Mishra, PhD, and Nitin Chakravarti, PhD, Join Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center–Jefferson Health (SKCC) recently welcomed Anjali Mishra, PhD, and Nitin Chakravarti, PhD, to its team of researchers focused on hematologic cancers. Both Drs. Mishra and Chakravarti are Assistant Professors in the Department of Medical Oncology. Dr. Mishra is a cance...

Charles G. Mullighan, MBBS (Hons), MSc, MD, Named St. Jude Comprehensive Cancer Center Deputy Director

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Center has appointed Charles G. Mullighan, MBBS (Hons), MSc, MD, as its new Deputy Director. In this new position, Dr. Mullighan will help guide precision medicine and preclinical strategic research initiatives for the Center, which is t...

Teen Cancer America Announces New Advisory Council

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Teen Cancer America (TCA), the national nonprofit organization founded by rock artists Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, recently announced appointments to its newly formed Advisory Council. Based in Los Angeles, TCA develops specialized facilities as well as treatment- and age-specific s...

ASH President Comments on Medicare Proposal for CAR T-Cell Therapy

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to improve the reimbursement currently given to hospitals that provide chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy to patients with blood cancer as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System prop...

AACR Honors Elaine Fuchs, PhD, With 2019 AACR G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has awarded the 59th AACR G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award to Elaine Fuchs, PhD. The award was presented during the AACR Annual Meeting 2019. Dr. Fuchs delivered her award lecture, “Stem Cells in Wound Repair, Inflammation, and Cancer,” at the Georgia ...

Pat A. Basu, MD, MBA, Named President and Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Treatment Centers of America

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Pat A. Basu, MD, MBA, has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global, Inc., which includes the existing Comprehensive Cancer Care Network of Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) hospitals and outpatient care centers, as well as new ...

Margo Shoup, MD, FACS, Appointed Network Chair of Nuvance Health Cancer Service Line

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Margo Shoup, MD, FACS, has been appointed Network Chair of the Cancer Service Line for the new health system formed by Health Quest and Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), to be called Nuvance Health. Dr. Shoup will provide strategic and clinical leadership for all aspects of Nuvance Health’s...

NIH Selects Three Oncology Investigators as Lasker Clinical Research Scholars

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected eight scientists as Lasker Clinical Research Scholars as part of a joint initiative with the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation to foster the next generation of clinical scientists. This program provides early-stage researchers with the opportunit...

Francoise Mornex, MD, PhD, Named First Female Recipient of Heine H. Hansen Award

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) recently awarded the 2019 Heine H. Hansen Award to Francoise Mornex, MD, PhD. The award was presented at the 2019 European Lung Cancer Congress. Dr. Mornex is Professor of On...

Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), Receives 2019 Women of Inspiration and Influence Award

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Women Business Leaders (WBL), of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation, recently recognized American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Chief Executive Officer Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), with the 2019 Women of Inspiration and Influence award. Dr. Foti is among 11 senior executive women hono...

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Appoints Caryn Lerman, PhD, as Director

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Caryn Lerman, PhD, has been appointed Director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, also serving as Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Lerman was the John H. Glick Professor for Cancer Research and Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives in...

Miami Cancer Institute Opens Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Clinic

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Miami Cancer Institute has announced the opening of its Multidisciplinary Skin Cancer Clinic, along with the region’s first three-dimensional (3D), whole-body, photo-imaging system, designed to improve the accuracy of diagnosing melanoma and other skin cancers. This system is reportedly 1 of 12 suc...

Andrew T. Chan, MD, MPH, Receives 2019 AACR–Waun Ki Hong Award

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recently awarded Andrew T. Chan, MD, MPH, with the 2019 AACR–Waun Ki Hong Award for Outstanding Achievement in Translational and Clinical Cancer Research during the 2019 AACR Annual Meeting. Dr. Chan is recognized for his work on the molecular mech...

City of Hope Awarded $7.5 Million for Research in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

CITY OF HOPE recently received $7.5 million in grant awards to study the rare blood cancer cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) awarded two grants valued at $6.3 million over 5 years to City of Hope’s Steven Rosen, MD, and Christiane Querfeld, MD, PhD, so they can develop i...

Pancreatic Cancer Collective Funds Two Research Teams Using AI to Identify High-Risk Populations

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

THE PANCREATIC Cancer Collective, which is the strategic partnership of the Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), recently announced that it has awarded $1 million grants to each of 2 projects that are using artificial intelligence (AI) computational approaches to identify high-risk p...

NCCN Recognizes Five Individuals for Achievements in Cancer Care

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

THE NATIONAL Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has announced the recipients of a series of awards honoring individuals whose contributions have fueled progress in improving and facilitating quality, effective, efficient, and accessible cancer care over the past year. They are Timothy J. Eberlein...

AACR Inaugurated New Leadership at 2019 Annual Meeting

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) inaugurated Elaine R. Mardis, PhD, as President for 2019–2020 during the 2019 AACR Annual Meeting. Dr. Mardis holds the Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair in Genomic Medicine and is Co–Executive Director of the Institute for Genomic Medicine ...

Emily Whitehead, Early Recipient of CAR T-Cell Therapy for ALL, Celebrates 7 Years Cancer-Free

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2019

Among the success stories in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children and young adults is the development of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. The field of cellular immunotherapy was still in its infancy in 2012 when Emily Whitehead, then 7, became the first pedi...

Emil J Freireich, MD, FAACR, Honored With AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2019

THE AMERICAN Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recognized Emil J Freireich, MD, FAACR, with the 2019 AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research at the opening ceremony of this year’s AACR Annual Meeting. Dr. Freireich was honored for his work in establishing combination chemot...

OneOncology Announces Lee Schwartzberg, MD, FACP, as Chief Medical Officer

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2019

OneOncology, the national partnership of community oncologists, has announced that Lee Schwartzberg, MD, FACP, has been named Chief Medical Officer. The Chief Medical Officer position provides a link between OneOncology and its physician partners, demonstrating the shared, foundational commitme...

Mark E. Thompson, MD, Named Medical Director for Public Policy at Community Oncology Alliance

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2019

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) recently announced that Mark E. Thompson, MD, has been appointed to the newly created staff position of Medical Director for Public Policy. Dr. Thompson will chair the COA Government Affairs and Policy Committee, a standing committee that guides official po...

Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP, Named 2019–2020 ACCC President

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2019

Ali McBride, PharmD, MS, BCOP, was named 2019–2020 President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) during its 45th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit on March 22, 2019. Dr. McBride is the Clinical Coordinator of Hematology/Oncology at The University of Arizona Ca...

Cigall Kadoch, PhD, Chosen for 2019 Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Prize

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2019

The American Association for the Advancement of Science and Science Translational Medicine announced that Cigall Kadoch, PhD, has been chosen for the 2019 Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Prize. Dr. Kadoch is Assistant Professor of Pediatric Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Affi...

The Skin Cancer Foundation Awards $125,000 in Research Grants

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2019

The Skin Cancer Foundation hosted its member reception on March 1 during the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting. As part of the reception, the Foundation announced the winners of its annual research grant awards, collectively totaling $125,000. David Polsky, MD, Chair of The Skin ...

Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, Elected AACR President-Elect 2019–2020

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2019

The members of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recently elected Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, as its President-Elect for 2019–2020. He officially became President-Elect at the 2019 AACR Annual Meeting and will assume the presidency at the 2020 AACR Annual Meeting in San Diego. The...

Ryan C. Fields, MD, Named Chief of Surgical Oncology at Washington University in St. Louis

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2019

Ryan C. Fields, MD, has been named Chief of the Section of Surgical Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Fields, who joined the faculty in 2011, is also Associate Professor of Surgery, Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program, and Dir...

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NCCN Awards Grants to Study Trifluridine and Tipiracil

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2019

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program has funded three investigators from NCCN Member Institutions—Patrick Boland, MD, and Sarbajit Mukherjee, MD, MS, both of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Amit Mahipal, MBBS, of Mayo Clinic Cancer Center—to furt...

Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD, Named Chief Scientific Officer at MD Anderson

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2019

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has named Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD, as Chief Scientific Officer, a new position that champions innovation, develops strong partnerships, and provides focused leadership on the science and clinical translation of research programs. Dr. Draetta jo...

Cancer Research UK Tackles Global Cancer Challenges With £60 Million

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2019

CANCER RESEARCH UK announced recently that it is funding three new international oncology research initiatives. Collectively, the teams have been awarded almost £60 million. These 5-year research programs will investigate how the microbiome can be manipulated to treat bowel cancer, find new ways to...

City of Hope Recognizes Two Professors for Oncology Advances

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2019

EACH YEAR, City of Hope recognizes several oncologists for their research contributions. Recently, City of Hope named Alexandra Levine, MD, MACP, and Dan Raz, MD, MAS, as award winners. Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award DR. LEVINE, Professor in the Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell ...

Arts in Medicine: Visible Ink Hosts 11th Year of Live Patient Performances

Sarah Jackson  / April 25, 2019

ON MARCH 18, 2019, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) hosted another set of successful live performances of works by patients with cancer as part of its Visible Ink writing program. Held at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, Visible Ink celebrates its 11th year of the ongoing one-on-one...

Warner K. Huh, MD, New President of Society of Gynecologic Oncology

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2019

WARNER K. HUH, MD, began his 1-year term as the 51st President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) at the conclusion of the Society’s 50th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. Dr. Huh will preside over the 2020 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer scheduled for March 28–31, 2020, in Toron...

Alberto Mantovani Recognized With 2019 Pezcoller Foundation–AACR International Award in Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2019

THE PEZCOLLER FOUNDATION–AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for Cancer Research (AACR) International Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Cancer Research was recently presented to Alberto Mantovani, MD, Professor of Experimental Medicine and Pathophysiology at Humanitas University in Milan, Italy, at the 2019 A...

Charles L. Sawyers, MD, FAACR, Honored With 2019 AACR Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2019

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for Cancer Research (AACR) recently honored Charles L. Sawyers, MD, FAACR, with the AACR Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship at the 2019 AACR Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The AACR Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship, now in its 13th year, is awarded to a scientis...

Colorectal Cancer

Dana-Farber Launches Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2019

Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center recently announced the launch of the Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center in Boston. The Center will provide expert, compassionate, and cutting-edge care to young adult patients with colon and rectal cancer, with a focus on scientific discovery and resea...

Cigall Kadoch, PhD, Chosen for 2019 Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Prize

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2019

The American Association for the Advancement of Science and Science Translational Medicine announced that Cigall Kadoch, PhD, has been chosen for the 2019 Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Prize. Dr. Kadoch is Assistant Professor of Pediatric Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Affi...

Harborside’s OncologyGo™ Wins 2019 Mobile Star Award for Innovative Mobile Health-Care Application

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2019

Harborside, a market-leading medical communications company (and publisher of The ASCO Post), has announced that OncologyGo™, its free, on-demand oncology video mobile app, has been recognized in the 2019 Mobile Star Awards winter program, hosted by MobileVillage.com. Both Harborside and the app wer...

Lung Cancer

AACR and Lung Cancer Initiative at Johnson & Johnson Announce Science Grant Recipients

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2019

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Lung Cancer Initiative at Johnson & Johnson (LCI) recently announced the inaugural recipients of the AACR–Johnson & Johnson Lung Cancer Innovation Science Grants. The grants represent a new funding opportunity to support research th...

Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD, FAACR, Honored With 2019 AACR Margaret Foti Award

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2019

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for Cancer Research (AACR) recently recognized Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD, FAACR, with the 13th Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research during the 2019 AACR Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Dr. DuBois is Dean of the College of Med...

City of Hope Awarded Lymphoma SPORE Grant

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

CITY OF HOPE announced recently that it received its third lymphoma Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The grant covers a 5-year period and totals $12.5 million. SPORE grants involve both basic as well as clinical and applied scientis...

University of Florida Receives $12 Million Gift for Brain Tumor Research

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA received a $12 million gift from The Harris Rosen Foundation to advance innovative brain tumor immunotherapy research and care at the University of Florida Health and to launch an unprecedented partnership for the development of novel brain tumor treatments. The Rosen gift ...

National Cancer Institute Designates Comprehensive Cancer Center Status to NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

NYU LANGONE Health’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center has been designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Perlmutter Cancer Center is now among 50 cancer centers across the country to earn this distinction. Perlmutter Cancer Center received an overall “...

CancerCare Celebrates 75 Years of Serving the Cancer Community

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

RECENTLY, CANCERCARE celebrated its 75th anniversary by revealing a new campaign, “If It Matters To You, It Matters To Us.” The campaign highlights CancerCare’s commitment to holistic, patient-centered support services and comprehensive care for people living with cancer. The new messaging features...

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Skin Cancer

American Skin Association Announces 18 New Grants for Skin Cancer and Disease Research

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

For more than 3 decades, the American Skin Association (ASA) and its affiliates have funded more than $50 million in grants to address the causes and treatments of melanoma, vitiligo, and psoriasis, as well as other skin diseases, and to search for cures. Recently, the American Skin Association cont...

Fred R. Hirsch, MD, PhD, Named Executive Director of New Center for Thoracic Oncology at Mount Sinai

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

Fred R. Hirsch, MD, PhD, an authority on lung cancer treatment and research, has joined Mount Sinai Health System as Executive Director of the newly created Center for Thoracic Oncology in The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai and will also serve as the Richard M. Stein, MD, Joe Lowe, and L...

Stephen J. Forman Awarded Two Bone Marrow Transplantation Honors

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

Stephen J. Forman, MD, Leader of City of Hope’s Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute and the Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, recently received the 2019 DKMS Mechtild Harf Science Award in ...

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Bladder Cancer

Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute Awards Research Grants to Women’s Bladder Cancer Projects

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

The Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute awarded research grants to four projects that focus on bladder cancer treatments in women and how biology could offer new targets for cancer therapy.The Institute awards grants of $25,000 to $50,000. David McConkey, PhD, Director of the Green...

Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, Awarded Distinguished Lectureship

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has awarded the 15th AACR–Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lectureship to Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD. The award was presented during the 2019 AACR Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Dr. Bluestone is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pa...

National Brain Tumor Society and Brain Science Foundation Partner to Fund Research in Meningioma

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

The National Brain Tumor Society, a nonprofit dedicated to the brain tumor community in the United States, recently announced a new partnership with the Brain Science Foundation. Under the terms of the partnership, the organizations have established the Meningioma Research Fund to raise and grant fu...

Sarcoma

Sarcoma Coalition Launched as Collaboration of Advocacy Organizations

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

Those dealing with sarcoma know that resources and support can be difficult to find. Members of the newly formed Sarcoma Coalition are working together to change that. The Sarcoma Coalition is a nonprofit collaboration of sarcoma advocacy organizations from around the country working toward a commo...

Florida Cancer Specialists Welcomes Nalini Hasija, MD

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute have announced that medical oncologist/hematologist Nalini Hasija, MD, has joined the statewide practice, which encompasses a network of nearly 100 locations. Dr. Hasija will be seeing patients at the Tampa Cancer Center. Professional Training Dr...

Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Accepting Candidates for Sjöberg Prize 2020

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is accepting candidate nominations for The Sjöberg Prize 2020. The Sjöberg Prize for Cancer Research is awarded to scientists who have made major contributions to our knowledge about disease mechanisms, risk factors, or the treatment or prevention of cancer. Th...

New England Cancer Specialists to Join Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute announced recently that New England Cancer Specialists is the newest member of the Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative. Participation in the Collaborative reflects a demonstrated commitment to excellence by meeting a wide array of standards and best practices. Alth...

Issues in Oncology

President’s FY2020 Budget Threatens Progress Against Cancer, Patient Access to Care

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

“We strongly oppose the White House budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, which would stall our nation’s progress against cancer and impede access to needed care for the millions of Americans dealing with cancer. The proposal would make drastic, unprecedented cuts to the U.S. Department of Heal...

Solid Tumors

Coming In Future Issues of The ASCO Post

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2019

Watch upcoming issues of The ASCO Post for news reports from the 2019 Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium, taking place March 14-16, 2019, in San Diego. Watch for reports on these presentations, plus much more.            “Improved Overall Survival with Local Consoli...

Perlmutter Cancer Center Receives Anonymous $75 Million Gift to Create Center for Blood Cancers

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2019

NYU Langone Health’s Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center recently announced a philanthropic gift to establish a Center for Blood Cancers. The center will house a new program for multiple myeloma care and research, along with NYU Langone Health’s other blood cancer programs. It will also signi...

Otis W. Brawley, MD, Joins Faculty of Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2019

Otis W. Brawley, MD, an authority on cancer screening and prevention who served as Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for the American Cancer Society and Director of the Georgia Cancer Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, has been named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Ho...

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Scientists Receive 2019 Innovation Award

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2019

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation named nine scientists with novel approaches to fighting cancer the 2019 recipients of the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award. Five early career scientists will receive initial grants of $400,000 over 2 years. Another 4 awardees who demonstrated signifi...

Cancer Drug Development Award Given to Geoffrey Shapiro, PhD, MD

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2019

The Targeted Anticancer Therapies (TAT) 2019 Honorary Award for cancer drug development has been given to Geoffrey Shapiro, PhD, MD, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and institute physician at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), for his leadership in developmental therapeuti...

Pancreatic Cancer

The Pancreatic Cancer Collective Awards $7 Million to Teams of Researchers in Pancreatic Cancer

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2019

The Pancreatic Cancer Collective—the strategic partner of the Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)—has awarded a total of $7 million in first-round New Therapies Challenge grants to 7 teams of top cancer researchers to explore new pancreatic cancer treatments. Each team will receive u...

Michael Cabana, MD, MA, MPH, and Lori Pbert, PhD, Join USPSTF

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2019

THE U.S. PREVENTIVE Services Task Force (Task Force) announced the addition of two new members: Michael Cabana, MD, MA, MPH, and Lori Pbert, PhD. Both were appointed to serve 4-year terms, which began in January 2019. Dr. Cabana is Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics ...

Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO, Elected President of Michiana Hematology Oncology

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2019

MICHIANA HEMATOLOGY Oncology has announced that Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO, has been elected President by its shareholders. In her new role as President, Dr. Zon will oversee and maintain leadership of the practice. Dr. Zon is a member of ASCO and was awarded Fellow status; with ASCO, she serv...

ASH President Roy Silverstein, MD, Issues Comment on Maintenance of Certification Recommendations Draft

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2019

RECENTLY, THE American Society of Hematology (ASH) submitted feedback on draft recommendations for reforming Maintenance of Certification (MOC) to a commission appointed by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and other entities. The “Vision Commission” released a report of its draft re...

Roy L. Silverstein, MD, Begins Term as 2019 ASH President

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2019

ROY L. SILVERSTEIN, MD, an expert in platelet and vascular cell biology, as well as clinical nonmalignant hematology and thrombosis, will serve as President of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) for a 1-year term through December 2019. Dr. Silverstein is Chairman of the Department of Med...

Issues in Oncology

ASCO Statement on the Effect of Lower Drug Costs on People With Cancer

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2019

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, ASCO Chief Executive Officer, on the effects of lower drug costs on people with cancer: While ASCO supports efforts to control drug prices, we are keenly aware that optimal cancer care requires patient access to the most medically appropriate drug, at the mo...

Nagi El Saghir, MD, FACP, FASCO, Recognized by American University of Beirut Medical Center

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2019

On November 27, 2018, the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) dedicated the conference room on its oncology floor in the name of faculty member Nagi El Saghir, MD, FACP, FASCO, Head of the Hematology/Oncology Division and Director of the Breast Center of Excellence at AUBMC. Dr. E...

$30 Million Gift to Huntsman Cancer Institute Doubles the Size of Planned Expansion

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2019

Peter Huntsman, Chief Executive Officer of the Huntsman Foundation and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF), recently announced a $30 million gift from the family’s foundation. This donation allows Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah to bette...

Steven A. Rosenberg, MD, PhD, Awarded the 2019 Szent-Györgyi Prize

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2019

The 2019 Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research will be awarded to Steven A. Rosenberg, MD, PhD, of the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The prize, awarded annually by the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR), recognizes Dr. Rosenberg’s ...

Northwestern Medicine Receives $10 Million Gift to Create Urologic Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2019

Northwestern Medicine has received a $10 million gift to fund the creation of a new multidisciplinary institute dedicated to urologic cancers. The Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Polsky ...

NCCN Guidelines Exceed 10 Million Downloads in 2018

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2019

THE NATIONAL Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) announced that the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) were downloaded more than 10 million times in 2018, marking a 26% increase over downloads in 2017. The NCCN Guidelines provide up-to-date recommendations for health-...

Julian Schink, MD, Named Chief Medical Officer of CTCA

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2019

JULIAN SCHINK, MD, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer of Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). As Chief Medical Officer for the comprehensive cancer care network, Dr. Schink will provide leadership and direction for its enterprise-wide clinical programs and will serve as a liaison b...

V. Craig Jordan, OBE, PhD, DSc, FMedSci, Receives Reynold Spector Award in Clinical Pharmacology

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2019

V. CRAIG JORDAN, OBE, PhD, DSc, FMedSci, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will receive the 2019 Reynold Spector Award in Clinical Pharmacology, during the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2019 in ...

Leaders of Harborside Medical Education Recognized by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2019

THE PRINCIPALS and staff of Harborside, publisher of The ASCO Post, congratulate Harborside Medical Education (HSME) for staff recognition by the Alliance for Continuing Education (CE) in the Health Professions (the Alliance). Two senior staff were honored during the awards ceremony preceding the 44...

ASH Research Collaborative Established to Accelerate Progress in Hematology

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2019

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY of Hematology (ASH) has established the ASH Research Collaborative, a mission-focused nonprofit organization that will foster collaborative partnerships to accelerate progress in hematology with the goal of improving the lives of people affected by blood diseases. “The lau...

$30 Million Granted to MD Anderson Scientists for Various Research Investigations

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2019

THE UNIVERSITY of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center was awarded $30 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to support research, core facilities, recruitment, and prevention efforts. An additional $19.9 million was awarded to a company co-founded by MD Anderson to support th...

ACCC Relaunches Immuno-Oncology Institute With Online Portal

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2019

THE ASSOCIATION of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has announced the relaunch of the ACCC Immuno-Oncology (IO) Institute, including an online resource portal for oncology professionals to find practical, proactive strategies for the effective delivery of new and emerging therapies. The ACCC worked c...

Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, Named Principal Deputy Commissioner of Food and Drugs

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2019

ON DECEMBER 17, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, will replace Rachel Sherman, MD, MPH, as Principal Deputy Commissioner of Food and Drugs. Dr. Abernethy most recently served as Chief Medical Officer, Chief Scientific Officer, and Senior V...

Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology, Other Medical Associations Win Concessions in CVS/Aetna Merger

Hilary Adams  / January 25, 2019

THE GEORGIA SOCIETY of Clinical Oncology (GASCO), in partnership with the Medical Association of Georgia, the Georgia Pharmacy Association, and Georgia Watch, worked with the Georgia Office of the Insurance Commissioner to secure what is described as “significant, one-of-a-kind concessions” from Aet...

MMRF Launches First Platform Trial in Multiple Myeloma

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2019

THE MULTIPLE MYELOMA Research Foundation (MMRF) has announced the launch of MyDRUG, the first platform trial exclusively in multiple myeloma, which aims to investigate targeted treatments for patients with high-risk myeloma. MyDRUG represents the culmination of the MMRF’s Precision Medicine Model, r...

Community Oncology Alliance Elects New Officers and Board Members

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2019

THE COMMUNITY Oncology Alliance (COA) recently announced that Michael Diaz, MD, a practicing medical oncologist at Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, has been elected President of COA. His 1-year term began on January 1, 2019. In addition, Kashyap Patel, MD, a practi...

Emad S. Alnemri, PhD, Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2019

EMAD S. ALNEMRI, PhD, Thomas Eakins Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center–Jefferson Health, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. The 2018 fellows will be inducted in a ceremony in April 2019, at the Space Center Houston durin...

National Brain Tumor Society Names Kirk Tanner, PhD, as Chief Scientific Officer

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2019

KIRK TANNER, PhD, an oncology research leader with 20 years of experience in drug discovery and development, has been named as the new Chief Scientific Officer of the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS). In this role, Dr. Tanner will lead the Society’s research programs team in the creation an...

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Kidney Cancer

Clinical Trial Commences on Personalized Vaccine in Kidney Cancer

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2019

Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston are testing a first-of-its-kind personalized cancer vaccine combined with an immunotherapy drug, with the aim of improving outcomes for patients with kidney cancer who are at high risk of recurrence after surgery. A two-pronged approach to m...

27% Drop in Overall U.S. Cancer Mortality Rate From 1991 to 2016

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2019

A steady 25-year decline has resulted in a 27% drop in the overall cancer death rate in the United States between 1991 and 2016. The data come from “Cancer Statistics, 2019,” the American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer rates and trends. The report was published by Siegel et al in CA: A Can...

American Association for the Advancement of Science Honors 2018 Elected Fellows

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2019

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has bestowed upon 416 of its members the lifetime honor of being an elected Fellow in recognition of their achievements in advancing science, some of whom are involved in oncology. The Fellows will be recognized at the 2019 AAAS Annual M...

Huntsman Cancer Institute Announces Construction of Proton Therapy Center

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2019

The Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah recently began construction on a proton therapy center. The $31 million, 7,450 square-foot addition to the HCI’s Cancer Hospital will be the first proton therapy center in the Mountain West. The new center will be named in...

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Global Cancer Care

Patient Navigation Program Reduces Time to Cancer Treatment

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2019

The Global Cancer Institute recently announced the results of its Patient Navigation Program in Mexico City. The average time to referral before the program’s inception was 5 months, but the implementation of patient navigators reduced that average to 7 days. These findings were published by Yanin C...

Rishi Jain, MD, MS, DABOM, Joins Fox Chase GI Program

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

Rishi Jain, MD, MS, DABOM, has joined Fox Chase Cancer Center as Assistant Professor in the Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology Program. After graduating from Fox Chase/Temple University Fellowship Training Program, Dr. Jain moved on to the Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology Program at The O...

CDC Foundation Launches Virtual Tool to Prevent Infections in Patients With Cancer

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation recently launched an educational tool using virtual human technology to improve patient-provider conversations about neutropenia as a side effect of chemotherapy. This new resource is part of the Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients...

Jonathan Chernoff, MD, PhD, Receives Grant to Investigate RAC1-Mutant Melanoma

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

Jonathan Chernoff, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer and Stanley P. Reimann Chair in Oncology Research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, has received a grant from the Melanoma Research Foundation to support research on RAC1-mutant melanoma. The grant will provide $200,000 over 2 years. With this...

Grace Lu-Yao, PhD, Receives SIOG Nursing Award

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

Grace Lu-Yao, PhD, Associate Director of Population Science at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center–Jefferson Health (SKCC), has been honored with the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) 2018 Nursing and Allied Health Investigator Award at the SIOG 2018 Annual Conference. Dr. Lu-Yao ...

Nicholas J. Petrelli, MD, FACS, Receives Commendation for Excellence Award From Christiana Care Health System

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

Nicholas J. Petrelli, MD, FACS, Bank of America Endowed Medical Director of the Christiana Care Health System’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute in Newark, Delaware, recently received the Annual Commendation for Excellence from Christiana Care’s Medical-Dental Staff. An expert ...

Immunotherapy

Cornelis Melief, MD, PhD, Receives 2018 ESMO Immuno-Oncology Award

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has selected Cornelis Melief, MD, PhD, to receive the ESMO 2018 Immuno-Oncology Award in recognition of his work studying the interactions of the immune system with cancer. Dr. Melief is Professor Emeritus in Tumor Immunology at the Leiden Univer...

Prevent Cancer Foundation Award Goes to Big Tobacco Foe, Sharon Y. Eubanks, JD

Caroline McNeil  / December 25, 2018

One Friday afternoon in March 1999, Pat Glynn, an attorney and manager at the Department of Justice, called a colleague, Sharon Y. Eubanks, JD, to talk about a newly formed Tobacco Task Force. Full of enthusiasm, he described plans to bring a federal suit against the major tobacco companies on ...

Frederick National Laboratory Names Leonard P. Freedman, PhD, Chief Science Officer

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

Leonard P. Freedman, PhD, has been named Chief Science Officer at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research. He joins the Frederick National Laboratory after 6 years as Founding President of the Global Biological Standards Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing l...

Breast Cancer

AI Technology for Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Receives FDA Clearance for Clinical Use

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

A deep-learning, cancer detection software built on artificial intelligence (AI) called ProFound AI received clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for commercial sales and clinical use in the United States. The announcement was made in a news release from iCAD, Inc., a global medi...

AACR Remembers George H.W. Bush for Role in Cancer Research Support

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

The Board of Directors of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) released an announcement expressing sadness upon the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, on November 30 at the age of 94. Once elected, President Bush appointed Bernadine Healy, MD, in 1991 to lead the Nati...

New NCCN Member Institution: Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

In November, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) announced that Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) of the University of Pennsylvania will become the organization’s 28th Member Institution. The Abramson Cancer Center’s membership will include the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HU...

Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas Receive Funding for Assorted Cancer Projects

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

MORE THAN $4.5 million in new funding from state and federal agencies will support cancer-related research over the next 5 years at The University of Texas at Dallas. Two projects related to brain cancer, each totaling $200,000 over 2 years, recently received High-Impact/High-R...

Hematologic Malignancies
Cost of Care

New Report Demonstrates Cost of Blood Cancer Care

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

THE COSTS to treat blood cancer are higher than the costs to treat other cancers, and the costs incurred by a patient diagnosed with a blood cancer do not return to precancer levels, according to a Milliman study commissioned by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). The study—The Cost Burden of...

Anil K. Rustgi, MD, Named Director of Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

ANIL K. RUSTGI, MD, has been named Director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Pending approval of the university’s trustees, Dr. Rustgi will serve as Professor of Med...

IASLC Announces Dave Mesko, MBA, as New Chief Executive

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

THE INTERNATIONAL Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) has announced Dave Mesko, MBA, as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Mesko replaces Fred R. Hirsch, MD, PhD, who left IASLC after his 5-year term ended on October 31, 2018. Mr. Mesko will be primarily responsible for the ...

Louis M. Weiner, MD, Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2018

THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF INVENTORS (NAI) has named Louis M. Weiner, MD, Director of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, to its 2018 class of fellows. According to the National Academy of Inventors, election to NAI Fellow status is the “highest professional distinction accorded t...

Antonio Omuro, MD, Named Neuro-Oncology Chief at Smilow Cancer Hospital

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2018

ANTONIO OMURO, MD, a clinician and researcher with expertise in brain tumors, has been appointed Chief of Neuro-Oncology and a leader for the Brain Tumor Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital. “We are so fortunate to have recruited Dr. Omuro to lead our efforts in Brain Tumors and other nervo...

Genomics/Genetics
Issues in Oncology

Patient-Partnered Research: Focal Point of New Collaborative Effort in Cancer Genetics

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2018

Researchers, patients with cancer, and philanthropists have come together to launch Count Me In, a nonprofit organization aimed at patient-partnered research. Count Me In allows patients with cancer anywhere in the United States or Canada to easily share their medical information, personal experienc...

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Scientists Receive Grant for Breast Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2018

Four breast cancer researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hillman Cancer Center have received nearly $1 million from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to further breast cancer research from the most basic biology of a cancer cell to developing innovative new t...

Head and Neck Cancer

New Glioblastoma Translational Center at Penn Medicine

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2018

Penn Medicine has announced a new Translational Center of Excellence in the Abramson Cancer Center, focused on glioblastoma multiforme. The team will investigate new immune therapies for glioblastoma and, in particular, design and test new chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies. “Pen...

Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD, Receives Pandolfi Award for Women in Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2018

Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has been recognized for her contributions to the field of immuno-oncology with the Pandolfi Award for Women in Cancer Research at the 11th Annual Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Cancer Symposium. Dr. Sharma was s...

The Chemotherapy Foundation Innovation Gala

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2018

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of The Chemotherapy Foundation. Founded by Ezra M. Greenspan, MD, in 1968, with the goal of advancing effective cancer treatments, The Chemotherapy Foundation helped propel the modern era of chemotherapy and the later development of targeted thera...

Skin Cancer

The Skin Cancer Foundation Raises $600,000 at Gala

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2018

The Skin Cancer Foundation recently held its 22nd annual Gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York. The Champions for Change Gala is the Foundation’s signature fundraising event, and $600,000 was raised to support the organization’s educational campaigns, community programs, and research initiatives. Mor...

Issues in Oncology

University Collaboration Aims to Tackle Cancer Health Disparities

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2018

The National Cancer Institute has provided a grant to develop a joint cancer drug discovery/development and research education program to focus on cancers that have an increased risk of incidence and/or mortality among underserved communities, namely African Americans, Hispanics, and Native American...

Lucio N. Gordan, MD, Named New Managing Physician and President of Florida Cancer Specialists

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2018

Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) & Research Institute, LLC, the largest physician-owned oncology/hematology practice in the country, announced Lucio N. Gordan, MD, has been named Managing Physician and President. Dr. Gordan, a hematologist/oncologist, replaces Dr. William Harwin, who recent...

St. Baldrick’s Foundation Grants Institutional Funding for Clinical Trials Research in Children With Cancer

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2018

To grant more children with cancer access to clinical trials, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has awarded 29 infrastructure grants totaling $1.7 million to institutions across the country. This series of grants brings the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s funding total to more than $26 million awarded in 20...

Solid Tumors
Lung Cancer

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Honors Investigators, Clinicians, Caregivers

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2018

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) recognized outstanding contributors in research, treatment, and caregiving at its Simply the Best Dinner and Gala, which took place recently in San Francisco. The annual event is a celebration of survivors, hope, and determination th...

Solid Tumors
Head and Neck Cancer

Ivy Brain Tumor Center to Study Treatments for Brain Malignancies

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation, in partnership with the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, has awarded a $50 million grant to establish a new translational science program focusing on early-phase, pharmacodynamic- and pharmacokinetic-driven clinical trials for aggressive brain tumors. ...

Charles Gawad, MD, PhD, Receives NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

Charles Gawad, MD, PhD, an assistant member in the Departments of Oncology and Computational Biology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to receive a Director’s New Innovator Award. Established in 2007, this award supports unus...

Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS, Named Medical Director of ACS Cancer Programs

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced that Heidi Nelson, MD, FACS, a colorectal surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, will be joining the ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care (DROPC) as Medical Director of Cancer Programs. Dr. Nelson comes to the ACS from h...

Atlantic Health System Announces Collaboration to Further Patient Access to Innovative Cancer Therapies

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

The Atlantic Health System, an integrated health-care delivery system, recently announced a partnership with the Translational Genomics Research Institute, an affiliate of City of Hope, and Origin Commercial Ventures to create a new platform to deliver economically viable immunotherapies and other b...

Solid Tumors
Hepatobiliary Cancer

Global Liver Institute Supports More Frequent Liver Cancer Screening

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

When detected early, liver cancer is highly treatable and, in many cases, curable, yet the number of new cases of liver cancer in the United States has increased by 43% in the past 16 years, whereas the incidence of other cancers is on the decline. This past October, during Liver Cancer Awareness Mo...

Hematologic Malignancies
Lymphoma
Leukemia

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Receives Funding for New Grants

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society recently announced a $1,175,000 commitment by the Schwartz Ward Family Foundation of Chicago to support two research initiatives. These funds will support two grants in the society’s Career Development Program: Christiane Querfeld, MD, PhD, of City of Ho...

Johns Hopkins Medicine Appoints Allen Kachalia, MD, JD, to Leadership Positions

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

Allen Kachalia, MD, JD, will be appointed Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and Senior Vice President of Patient Safety and Quality for Johns Hopkins Medicine, starting December 1. During his nearly 20-year career in medicine, Dr. Kachalia has served in a varie...

Oncologist’s Research Recognized by Radiation Oncology Institute

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

Amar Kishan, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and a member of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, will receive the 2018 Publication Award from the Radiation Oncology Institute in recognition of a study highlighting the value of radi...

Global Cancer Care

UPMC Opens New Radiotherapy Center in Italy

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

The University of Pittsburg Medical Center (UPMC) recently announced the opening of a new radiotherapy center in Villa Maria, Italy, which will become part of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network when it opens to patients later this year. The new center, named the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at Vi...

Issues in Oncology

NCI Awards Grant to Team at Baylor to Establish Center to Focus on Cancer Health Disparities

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

As part of the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot initiative, the National Cancer Institute has awarded $6.3 million to Nicholas Mitsiades, MD, of the Baylor College of Medicine, and a collaborative team at Baylor College of Medicine to establish a Minority Patient-Derived Xenograft Development and Tri...

Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD, Receives AACR Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD, is the recipient of the 2018 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, funded by Susan G. Komen. She was honored during the 11th AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in R...

New Leadership Elected to ASH Executive Committee

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEMATOLOGY (ASH) announced the election of four new members to its Executive Committee for terms beginning after the 2018 ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition in December. Martin S. Tallman, MD, will serve a 1-year term as Vice President, followed by successive terms as Presi...

2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Award Winners Announced

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

THE SAN ANTONIO Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will honor three researchers for their work in breast cancer at the upcoming 2018 SABCS in December. They are Ian Smith, MD, FRCP, FRCPE, who will receive the SABCS William L. McGuire Memorial Lec...

California Researchers Receive $4.5 Million to Develop Immunotherapies in Head and Neck Cancer

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

RESEARCHERS AT LA JOLLA INSTITUTE for Immunology and University of California (UC), San Diego, have been awarded $4.5 million as part of the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Moonshot initiative. The funding will support research to develop new and improved immunotherapeutic options for patients wi...

ASH Honors Cage S. Johnson, MD, and José A. López, MD, With Award for Leadership in Promoting Diversity

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

DURING THE 2018 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego this December, ASH will honor Cage S. Johnson, MD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Physiology, and Biophysics at the University of Southern California, and José A. López, MD, Professor of Medi...

ASH Honors Freda K. Stevenson, DPhil, and Brunangelo Falini, MD, With 2018 Henry M. Stratton Medal

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEMATOLOGY (ASH) will recognize Freda K. Stevenson, DPhil, of the University of Southampton and Southampton University Hospitals in the United Kingdom, and Brunangelo Falini, MD, of the University of Perugia and the Institute of Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant...

Six Hospital Systems Launch Research Center on Symptom Management

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

SIX HOSPITAL systems across the country are launching a new research collaboration to improve the reporting and management of cancer treatment–related symptoms. The initiative, known as the SIMPRO Research Center, will integrate the use of patient-reported outcomes into the routine practice of oncol...

Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, President of City of Hope National Medical Center, Elected to National Academy of Medicine

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2018

MICHAEL A . CALIGIURI, MD, President of City of Hope National Medical Center, and Deana and Steve Campbell Physician-in-Chief Distinguished Chair, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Membership in the Academy reco...

WHO Announces New Global Childhood Cancer Initiative

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2018

THE AMERICAN Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO) supported the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement of a new global initiative to address the disparity between childhood cancer survival in low-middle versus high-income countries. The announcement came at the United Nations General Assembl...

Alan D. D’Andrea, MD, and Neal S. Young, MD, to Present 2018 ASH Ernest Beutler Lecture

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2018

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY of Hematology (ASH) will honor Alan D. D’Andrea, MD, of Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Neal S. Young, MD, of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, with the 2018 Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize for their...

ASH Honors Victor Hoffbrand, DM, FRCP, FMed Sci, With Lifetime Achievement Award

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2018

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will recognize Victor Hoffbrand, DM, FRCP, FMed Sci, of the University College London, with the 2018 Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology, the Society’s highest honor. Dr. Hoffbrand will be recognized for his contributions to h...

ASH Honors John E. Dick, PhD, and Reed E. Drews, MD, With 2018 Mentor Award

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2018

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will recognize John E. Dick, PhD, of the University of Toronto, Princess Margaret Cancer Center, and Ontario Institute for Cancer Research in Toronto, and Reed E. Drews, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, with the 2018 Mentor Award fo...

Connie J. Eaves, PhD, FRS, to Give Honorary Lecture at 2018 ASH Annual Meeting

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2018

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will honor Connie J. Eaves, PhD, FRS, of BC Cancer at the University of British Columbia, with the 2018 E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize for her contributions to the field of hematopoiesis and stem cell research. Dr. Eaves will present her lecture, “B...

Skin Cancer

Melanoma Research Alliance Appoints Marc Hurlbert, PhD, as Chief Science Officer

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2018

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) recently appointed Marc Hurlbert, PhD, as the organization’s Chief Science Officer. Dr. Hurlbert will succeed Louise Perkins, PhD, who will retire form the role after serving MRA for more than 5 years. As Chief Science Officer, Dr. Hurlbert will guide MRA’s...

New York–Based Collaboration Launches Oncofertility Program

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2018

Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York, a Manhattan-based fertility center, and the Mount Sinai Health System have launched an integrated oncofertility program at The Blavatnik Family Chelsea Medical Center at Mount Sinai to provide individuals and couples the benefit of advanced medical ...

Neil Bacon, MD, Appointed New President and Chief Executive Officer of ICHOM

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2018

The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM), an independent nonprofit organization, recently announced that physician-entrepreneur Neil Bacon, MD, has been appointed as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. ICHOM’s mission is to catalyze a global movement to tr...

NCCN Relocates Global Headquarters

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2018

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) has moved into new headquarters to Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. The new location will allow for greater hosting capacity for meetings, guests, and a growing staff. “International surveys repeatedly show that oncologists wo...

Samuel Waxman, MD, Receives China’s ‘Friendship Award’

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2018

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF), an international nonprofit organization that funds cancer research, recently announced that its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Samuel Waxman, MD, has received China’s highest honor granted to a foreigner. The Vice-Premier of the People...

Lung Cancer

IASLC Issues Statement on Lung Cancer Screening With Low-Dose Computed Tomography

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2018

The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) recently issued a statement on lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) based on the results of the Dutch-Belgian NELSON lung cancer screening trial presented at the IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCL...

Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), Receives 2018 ESMO Women for Oncology Award

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has recognized Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), with the 2018 ESMO Women for Oncology Award. The award recognizes an ESMO member who has contributed to supporting the career development of women in oncology. The recipient must have actively worked to...

Jean-Charles Soria, MD, PhD, Receives 2018 ESMO Award

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

The European Society for medical oncology (ESMO) has granted the 2018 ESMO Award to Jean-Charles Soria, MD, PhD, an international lung cancer expert and pioneer in the development of anticancer drugs. The award was founded in 1985 to acknowledge an ESMO member who has made contributions to the ...

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, FACP, Acknowledged With IASLC Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

Oncologist, physician, and Professor, Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, FACP, has been recognized by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) with a Distinguished Award at the IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Toronto. Dr. Khuri received the Joseph W. Cullen Preve...

Nise Yamaguchi, MD, PhD, Honored With IASLC Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

São Paulo oncologist and immunologist, Nise Yamaguchi, MD, PhD, has been recognized by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) with a Distinguished Award at the IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Toronto. Dr. Yamaguchi was given the Joseph W. Cullen ...

Ignacio I. Wistuba, MD, Receives IASLC Pathology/Translation Research Award

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

Oncologist and Professor Ignacio I. Wistuba, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has been recognized by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) with a Distinguished Award at the IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Toronto. Dr. Wi...

Nancy Berliner, MD, Named Next Editor-in-Chief of Blood

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) has selected Nancy Berliner, MD, the H. Franklin Bunn Professor of Medicine and Chief of Hematology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, as the next Editor-in-Chief of its journal Blood. Dr. Berliner was se...

Immunotherapy

Assay Uses Big Data to Predict Responses to Immunotherapy

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

In the age of big data, cancer researchers are discovering new ways to monitor the effectiveness of immunotherapy treatments. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy developed a new way to use bioinformatics as a gathering tool to determine how a patient’...

FDA Awards Research Grants in Development of Treatments of Rare Diseases, Cancers

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has awarded 12 new clinical trial research grants totaling more than $18 million over the next 4 years to enhance the development of medical products for patients with rare diseases. These new grants were awarded to principal investig...

Françoise Mornex, MD, PhD, Honored With IASLC Distinguished Award

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

Françoise Mornex, MD, PhD, was recognized by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) with a Distinguished Award at the IASLC 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Toronto, Canada.  Dr. Mornex is Professor of Oncology at the University Claude Bernard in Lyon,...

Issues in Oncology
Legislation

Labeling Act to Keep Drug Label Information Up-to-Date Introduced to Senate

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) recognized Senators Orrin Hatch (R–UT) and Michael Bennet (D–CO) for responding to a recently identified public health issue and proposing a solution to an issue impacting patients and their physicians. Senators Hatch and Bennet jointly introduced the Making Obje...

Immunotherapy

Three Scientists Recognized With Awards for Distinguished Research in Tumor Immunology

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

The Cancer Research Institute honored three scientists for their work in immunology and cancer immunotherapy at the group’s annual gala held recently in New York. Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD, Professor of Genitourinary Medical Oncology and Immunology at The University of Texas MD Anderso...

Genomics/Genetics

NIH Grants Funding to Collaboration for Genomic Research Program

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded inaugural funding to the genetic testing firm Color, in partnership with the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, and the Laboratory for Molecular Medicine at Partners HealthCare, to establish one of three ...

Genomics/Genetics

Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD, Granted NCI Award to Investigate Cancer Genomics

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, has received an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that provides $6.5 million in funding over 7 years. The grant will fund research to create new bioinformatics resources and identi...

Cancer Moonshot Awards Grant to Roswell Park

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

Through a grant provided by the Cancer Moonshot, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center will be able to support and advance various new cancer research projects, including the development of a Data Management and Resource-Sharing Center to serve the Immuno-Oncology Translational Network (IOTN). Th...

Subha Madhavan, PhD, Named Chief Data Scientist at Georgetown University Medical Center

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

Georgetown University Medical Center has named Subha Madhavan, PhD, as its Chief Data Scientist and Director of its Office for Health Data Science and Informatics. Dr. Madhavan, Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology, also serves as Director of the Innovation Center for Biomedical In...

New Vice-Chairs for SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee Announced

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

Three new Vice-Chairs of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) were announced by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the Scientific Partner of SU2C. They are Nobel Laureate Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, of the University of California San Franc...

AMA Awards Research Grants to Honor Women in Medicine

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

Each September, the American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes influential female physician leaders in honor of Women in Medicine Month. To showcase the accomplishments of these leaders, the AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) and the AMA Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Joan F. G...

Friends of Cancer Research Launches Tumor Mutational Burden Harmonization Project

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

The Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) recently announced the launch of phase II of its tumor mutational burden Harmonization Project, as the research team finalizes data collected from phase I in silico analysis. “Recent data show a role for [tumor mutational burden] in identifying patients...

Biden Cancer Initiative Supports Lynch Syndrome Research

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

In 2016, AliveAndKickn launched the HEROIC Registry, a patient-driven registry to collect real world and genomic data on patients with Lynch syndrome globally. Recently, AliveAndKickn started a collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco, to launch The HEROIC Mosaic Research Commu...

Gastric Cancer Foundation Introduces Online Clinical Trials Navigator

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

The Gastric Cancer Foundation launched its new website this month and introduced an online clinical trials navigator to help patients more easily identify clinical trials matched with their specific diagnosis, stage, and treatment history. A special grant from Stupid Strong Charitable Foundation, a ...

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia–Led Collaboration Launches First Childhood Disease Research Portal

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2018

The Gabriella Miller Kids First Data Resource Center, a collaborative effort supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund, announced the launch of its new Data Resource Portal to help accelerate the discovery of precision-based treatments for pediatric disorders, thanks to a coll...

Vamsidhar Velcheti, MD, Joins NYU Langone as Director of Thoracic Medical Oncology

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2018

Clinician and researcher Vamsidhar ‘Vamsi’ Velcheti, MD, recently joined the Perlmutter Cancer Center at New York University (NYU) Langone Health as Director of Thoracic Medical Oncology. He aims to improve clinical care, increase translational and clinical research, and promote interdisciplina...

Fox Chase Cancer Center Appoints Jeffrey Farma, MD, Chief of General Surgery

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2018

Jeffrey Farma, MD, has been appointed Chief of the Division of General Surgery within the Department of Surgery at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Dr. Farma, a surgical oncologist, specializes in the treatment of colorectal cancer, melanoma, and sarcoma, as well as minimally invasive and robotic s...

Baylor College of Medicine Welcomes Thoracic Surgeon Robert Taylor Ripley, MD

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2018

Robert Taylor Ripley, MD, has recently joined the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Division of General Thoracic Surgery, at Baylor College of Medicine as Associate Professor of Surgery. He brings with him his expertise in mesothelioma, thoracic surgical oncology, and robotic thoracic s...

Lisa Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO, Appointed Chief of Breast Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2018

Lisa Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO, breast surgeon and researcher, has been appointed Chief of the Section of Breast Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medicine. In her new role, which began at the end of August, Dr. Newman will lead multidisciplinary ...

ESMO Recognizes Tony S. Mok, MD, FRCPC, FASCO, With Lifetime Achievement Award

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2018

THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has recognized Tony S. Mok, MD, FRCPC, FASCO, with the ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions in lung cancer. Dr. Mok, who is a Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation Endowed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Clinical Oncology at...

Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD, Receives ESMO Translational Research Award

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2018

THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has chosen Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD, to receive the ESMO Translational Research Award for his research contributions in lung cancer. Dr. Jänne is Director of the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology and Director of the Belfer Center for Applied Cancer...

Cleveland Clinic Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Study Cancer-Associated Thrombosis

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2018

THE NATIONAL Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has awarded a $4.7 million grant to the Cleveland Clinic to study the prevention of cancer-associated thrombosis. The 5-year grant supports the creation of a new risk assessment tool to better predict patients with cancer who have a higher probability of...

Immunotherapy

James Allison, PhD, and Tasuku Honjo, MD, PhD, Win 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2018

JAMES ALLISON, PHD, Chair of Immunology and Executive Director of the Immunotherapy Platform at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Tasuku Honjo, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor at the Kyoto University Institute for Advanced Study and Professor of Immunology and Genomic Medicine ...

Charles Swanton, PhD, FRCP, Receives IASLC Paul A. Bunn, Jr, Scientific Award

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2018

CHARLES SWANTON, PhD, FRCP, of The Francis Crick Institute, London, was recognized by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) at the 2018 IASLC World Conference on Lung Cancer with the Paul A. Bunn, Jr, Scientific Award, honoring his lifetime achievements in scientifi...

Association of Community Cancer Centers Grants 2018 Innovator Awards

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2018

THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY CANCER CENTERS (ACCC) has chosen seven cancer centers nationwide to receive 2018 ACCC Innovator Awards. Now in its 8th year, the Innovator Awards recognize ACCC member programs that have created solutions to challenges commonly faced by cancer programs and practices as w...

Eva Koziolek, DSc, PhD, Awarded First Free Me From Lung Cancer–IASLC Joint Fellowship Award

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2018

FREE ME FROM LUNG CANCER (FMFLC) and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) have announced the first-ever winner of the FMFLC-IASLC Foundation Joint Fellowship Award for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer. The FMFLC-IASLC Joint Fellowship Award supports novel, innovative,...

ASH Honors Ross L. Levine, MD, With 2018 William Dameshek Prize

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2018

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will present the 2018 William Dameshek Prize to Ross L. Levine, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College, for his discoveries in the field of leukemia and myeloproliferative neoplasms during the 2018 ASH Annual Meet...

Prostate Cancer Foundation Announces 2018 Young Investigator Award Recipients

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2018

THE PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION (PCF) recently announced the 29 recipients of the 2018 Young Investigator Awards. Sponsored by the PCF, the Young Investigator Awards program provides both financial support and a comprehensive career development program to early career scientists to conduct critical r...

Department of Defense Grant to Prostate Cancer Researchers

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2018

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program has awarded a grant of more than $900,000 to Weill Cornell Medicine, in collaboration with Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian to conduct prostate cancer clinical trials. The Prostate Cancer Research Prog...

R. Lor Randall, MD, FACS, Appointed Chair at UC Davis Health

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2018

R. LOR RANDALL, MD, FACS, a sarcoma surgeon and scientist, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the David Linn Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of California (UC) Davis Health. In his new role, Dr. Randall leads 70 UC Davis surgeons, physicians...

Lasker Foundation Announces 2018 Awards in Basic and Clinical Medical Research

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2018

THE ALBERT and Mary Lasker Foundation has announced the winners of its 2018 Lasker Awards: C. David Allis, PhD, of Rockefeller University, and Michael Grunstein, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, will receive the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award; John B. Glen, BVMS, PhD, f...

Collaborative Effort to Raise Awareness for EGFR-Positive Lung Cancer

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2018

THE BONNIE J. ADDARIO Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) and the EGFR Resisters, a patient-driven community of people living with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-positive lung cancer, are working together to raise funds and increase awareness of projects that benefit the EGFR-positive cancer comm...

American Oncology Network Welcomes Two Cancer Centers

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2018

AMERICAN ONCOLOGY Network, LLC (AON), an alliance of physicians and health-care leaders advocating for the oncology community, announced that Genesis Cancer Center, a community oncology/hematology practice in Arkansas, and the Hematology/Oncology Clinic (HOC) in Baton Rouge & Zachary, Louisiana,...

Beth Lenegan, PhD, Elected to Board of National Association of Catholic Chaplains

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2018

THE DIRECTOR OF Pastoral Care at Roswell Park, Beth Lenegan, PhD, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). During her 2-year term, beginning in January 2019, Dr. Lenegan will help advance the future of chaplaincy by shaping professiona...

Mayo Clinic Physicians Receive SU2C Award for Melanoma Research

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2018

MAYO CLINIC physicians Matthew Block, MD, PhD, and Tina Hieken, MD, have received a Stand up to Cancer (SU2C) Catalyst Award to fund melanoma research and a neoadjuvant clinical trial. “This study, “Neoactivate,” will test two novel approaches to the treatment of patients with high-risk, ...

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Grants Research Awards

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2018

THE CANCER PREVENTION and Research Institute of Texas’s (CPRIT’s) Academic Research program has awarded 51 new grants to 16 different Texas institutions. The Core Facilities awards make newer treatment technologies available to multiple research institutions through financial support for capital inv...

Three Immunotherapy Researchers Receive 2018 Albany Medical Center Prize

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

THREE SCIENTISTS whose work in immuno-oncology has led to a revolutionary way to treat cancer have been announced as the recipients of the 2018 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. The awardees were chosen to receive the 2018 Albany Prize for their research...

Ana María López, MD, MPH, Becomes Chief of Cancer Services at Sidney Kimmel

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

ANA MARÍA LÓPEZ, MD, MPH, has joined the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (Sidney Kimmel), Jefferson Health, as Vice Chair of Medical Oncology and Chief of Cancer Services. Dr. López brings her expertise in breast and gynecologic cancers, integrative medicine, telehealth, and cancer disparities with...

2019 Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Prize Is Opening for Applications on October 1, 2018

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

THE PERSHING Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance will open for applications for its 2019 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research on October 1, 2018. At least six New York City area–based scientists will each be awarded $200,000 per year for up to 3 years. Applicants mu...

Brian C. Capell, MD, PhD, Receives Award for Skin Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

BRIAN C. CAPELL, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received a Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award. He plans to use the $450,000 research grant to study epigenetic targets in the skin to develop more effecti...

Georgetown Launches Open Access Brain Cancer Biomedical Database

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

THE GEORGETOWN Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center has developed and released a cache of brain cancer biomedical data and made them freely available to researchers worldwide. The database, referred to as REMBRANDT (Repository for Molecular Brain Neoplasia Data), contains information on 671 adu...

Pediatric Surgeon Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD, FACS, FAAP, Joins University of North Carolina

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD, FACS, FAAP, a pioneering surgeon and researcher, has been named Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. She officially joined the UNC School o...

NCCN Publishes New Guidelines for Rare Cancers Associated With Pregnancy

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has released new treatment guidelines for a group of rare cancers that impact women during pregnancy. Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia, also known as gestational trophoblastic disease, may occur when tumors develop in the cells that would normall...

Cheryl Lyn Walker, PhD, Receives NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

Cheryl Lyn Walker, PhD, Director of the Center for Precision Environmental Health and Professor in the Departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Medicine, and Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, has been awarded an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National Ca...

Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, MBA, Elected to ABOG Board of Directors

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, MBA, has been elected Director-At-Large of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), a 6-year position he assumed on July 1. Until recently, he served as the ABOG Division Chair for the Gynecologic Oncology Subspecialty and the ABO...

E. John Wherry, PhD, Named Chair of Systems Pharmacology at Perelman School of Medicine

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

E. John Wherry, PhD, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wherry is the Richard and Barbara Schiffrin President’s Distinguished Professor in the Department of Microbi...

Kristen Whitaker, MD, Joins Fox Chase Department of Clinical Genetics

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

Fox Chase Cancer Center has announced the hiring of Kristen Whitaker, MD, as Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Genetics. Dr. Whitaker treats patients with breast cancer and serves as a member of the clinical genetics team. Dr. Whitaker earned her medical degree from Drexel Univ...

Karen E. Knudsen, PhD, Named President-Elect of AACI Board of Directors

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

Karen E. Knudsen, PhD, Enterprise Director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC), Jefferson Health, has been elected Vice President/President-Elect of the Association of American Cancer Institutes’ (AACI) Board of Directors, a 2-year term that will begin September 30. Dr. Knudsen, who ...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

NCCN and CAOH Develop Guidelines to Improve Cancer Care in the Caribbean

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is embarking on a new collaboration with the Caribbean Association for Oncology & Hematology (CAOH) to develop a library of NCCN Harmonized Guidelines™ for the Caribbean. The archipelago that extends from the Bahamas in the north to Trinidad and...

Erratum

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

In the July 10, 2018, issue of The ASCO Post, the article “KEYNOTE-407: Pembrolizumab Plus Chemotherapy Benefits Response, Survival in Squamous NSCLC” contained an error in the regimen for pembrolizumab (Keytruda). The study regimen, which has been corrected in the online version on ASCOPost.com, sh...

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Foundation and Movember Foundation Announce 2018 Winners of Challenge Awards

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2018

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and the Movember Foundation recently announced four new Movember Foundation–PCF Challenge Award teams at some of the world’s leading academic research institutions will receive a total of $3.5 million to support cross-disciplinary pioneering research toward the g...

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to Assist Cancer Center in Beijing

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2018

To meet the growing demand for high-quality cancer care in China, Tahoe Hospital Management Co Ltd has reached a 5-year agreement with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) where health-care professionals from the Pennsylvania-based medical center will assist in the planning and operati...

AACR Appoints New Editors-in-Chief of Cancer Prevention Research

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2018

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has announced the appointments of Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD, and Michael N. Pollak, MD, as Editors-in-Chief of Cancer Prevention Research, one of eight journals published by the AACR. Cancer Prevention Research publishes original preclin...

SMARTIE Initiative for Advanced Practitioners in Oncology Recognized by Alliance for Continuing Education

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2018

AN ONGOING educational initiative, the Study to Measure Advanced Practitioner Retention of Targeted Information and Education (SMARTIE), measures oncology learning and how it is used with advanced practitioners and their patients with cancer. The initiative, conducted by Harborside Medical Education...

Matthew D. Ingham, MD, Joins Brigham and Women’s Hospital

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2018

MATTHEW D. INGHAM, MD, joins the faculty of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Department of Surgery as Associate Surgeon in the Division of Urology. His research and clinical interests include benign prostatic hyperplasia, bladder cancer, hydronephrosis, kidney cancer, kidney masses/cysts, la...

Fox Chase Cancer Center Welcomes Surgeon Shreyas S. Joshi, MD

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2018

  FOX CHASE CANCER CENTER recently announced the hiring of Shreyas S. Joshi, MD, an attending surgeon who recently completed a 2-year urologic oncology fellowship at the institution. Dr. Joshi is board-eligible in urology and earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicin...

The US Oncology Network Promotes Marcus Neubauer, MD, to Chief Medical Officer

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2018

THE US ONCOLOGY Network recently announced the appointment of Marcus Neubauer, MD, as Chief Medical Officer, building on its mission of delivering a comprehensive approach to cancer care. Michael Seiden, MD, PhD, will continue to lead The US Oncology Network as its President.  Dr. Neubauer has...

Rebecca Yang, MD, Joins Atlantic Health System

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2018

BREAST SURGEON Rebecca C. Yang, MD, has joined Atlantic Breast Associates at Overlook Medical Center and Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, part of Atlantic Health System Cancer Care, in New Jersey. Dr. Yang is a board-certified general surgeon and fellowship-trained breast surgeon. She joins Atlant...

Health-Care Policy

CMS Proposes Extended 340B Cuts for 2019

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2018

ON JULY 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2019 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule. Among other provisions, the proposal would extend 2018 reimbursement cuts to the 340B Drug Pricing Program to include currently excepted, off-site hospit...

American Cancer Society Outlines Blueprint for Cancer Control in the 21st Century

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2018

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is outlining its vision for cancer control in the decades ahead in a series of articles that began publishing in early July in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The series of articles forms the basis of a national cancer control plan, with a blueprint toward the ...

St. Baldrick’s Foundation Announces 2018 Summer Grant Recipients

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2018

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has announced its 2018 summer grant recipients, including seven from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. 2018 Recipients Nmazou Ozuah, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, received an international scholar grant for $33...

Researchers at Baylor Awarded Multiple Grants to Study Treatment Resistance in Breast Cancer

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2018

To better understand the causes of resistance to treatment in estrogen receptor–positive breast cancer, the Department of Defense has awarded researchers at Baylor College of Medicine multiple grants to study gene anomalies in estrogen receptor–positive breast cancer that are associated with recurre...

Andrea M. Abbott, MD, Joins Fox Chase Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2018

The Fox Chase Cancer Center recently announced the addition of Andrea M. Abbott, MD, as Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Imaging. She joined the team that uses imaging technology to aid in cancer diagnosis, staging, and guidance of treatment. Dr. Abbott comes to Fox Chase af...

ACS Commission on Cancer Announces Outstanding Achievement Awards

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2018

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted its 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award to a select group of 16 accredited cancer programs throughout the United States. Award criteria were based on qualitative and quantitative surveys of cancer programs conducted during...

Solid Tumors

NCCN Announces New Patient Guideline in Liver, Gallbladder, and Bile Duct Cancers

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2018

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has released a new resource to help patients with liver, gallbladder, and bile duct cancers better understand their diagnosis and treatment options. This new edition of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® takes the evidence-based, expert consensu...

Cedars-Sinai Affiliate Announces New Cancer Center to Open in 2019

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2018

The Torrance Memorial Medical Center, a Cedars-Sinai Medical Center affiliate, recently announced the opening of a new cancer center. The new Hunt Cancer Center will provide patients with access to subspecialists who treat more than 60 types of common, rare, and complex cancers. As part of the cente...

Prostate Cancer

NIH and Prostate Cancer Foundation Launch Large Study on Aggressive Prostate Cancer in African American Men

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2018

The largest coordinated research effort to study biologic and nonbiologic factors associated with aggressive prostate cancer in African American men has begun. The $26.5 million study is called RESPOND, or Research on Prostate Cancer in Men of African Ancestry: Defining the Roles of Genetics, Tumor ...

Issues in Oncology

NCI and VA Launch NAVIGATE to Boost Veterans’ Access to Cancer Clinical Trials

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2018

Veterans with cancer who receive treatment from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will now have easier access to clinical trials of novel cancer treatments, thanks to an agreement between the VA and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The NCI a...

Hematologic Malignancies
Leukemia

NCCN Releases New Guidelines for Patients With AML

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2018

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has recently released The NCCN Guidelines for Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), which includes resources for better-informed medical decision-making. The NCCN Guidelines for Patients with AML is endorsed by the Aplastic Anemia and MDS Int...

Loren Rourke, MD, MHCM, Joins US Oncology Network as Chief Surgical Officer

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2018

The US Oncology Network (The Network) announced the appointment of Loren Rourke, MD, MHCM, as its Chief Surgical Officer, a new role created to support and enhance the surgical community within The Network. With more than 15 years of surgical experience, Dr. Rourke served as Regional Breast Pr...

Solid Tumors
Lung Cancer

New LUNGevity Foundation Campaign Launched

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2018

LUNGevity Foundationhas announced the launch of a new lung cancer awareness campaign called 234. The social media campaign utilizes graphic animation to engage the public in understanding facts about lung cancer. “Our goal with the 234 campaign is to educate the general public about the signif...

Pooja Ghatalia, MD, Joins Fox Chase Cancer Center in Department of Hematology/Oncology

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2018

The Fox Chase Cancer Center announced the hiring of Pooja Ghatalia, MD, as Assistant Professor in the Department of Hematology/Oncology. Dr. Ghatalia joined the faculty after graduating from a 3-year hematology/oncology fellowship and started in her new position on July 1. Dr. Ghatalia is a re...

Association of American Physicians Welcomes Stephen J. Forman, MD, as Honorary Member

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2018

STEPHEN J. FORMAN, MD, the Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been inducted as a member of the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Forman has been a leader in the field...

Eric Tetzlaff, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Receives 2018 AAPA Publishing Award

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2018

ERIC TETZLAFF, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA, a physician assistant at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has received the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) 2018 Publishing Award for his article, “National Study of Burnout and Career Satisfaction Among Physician Assistants in Oncology: Implications for...

New International Journal Advances in Cell & Gene Therapy Now Available, Names Editors-in-Chief, Deputy Editors

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2018

A NEW INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL, Advances in Cell & Gene Therapy, recently published its inaugural issue in May 2018. The new publication aims to provide a forum for authors to share their newest results, views, and visions in the field of cell and gene therapy. The journal will be published on a qu...

NIMHD Selects Recipients of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2018

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has selected recipients of the 2018 William G. Coleman, Jr, PhD, Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award. Now in its second year, this competitive award...

Carnegie Corporation Honors Antoni Ribas, MD

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2018

THE CARNEGIE CORPORATION of New York named University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Professor Antoni Ribas, MD, an honoree as part of its Great Immigrants Initiative, a program honoring a selected group of naturalized citizens who have made notable contributions to the progress of American ...

Mariusz A. Wasik, MD, Joins Fox Chase as Chair of Pathology

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2018

MARIUSZ A. WASIK, MD, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Pathology at Fox Chase Cancer Center and Jeanes Hospital. He will also serve as Associate Director of the Cancer Center, a position he assumed on July 2, 2018.  As Chair of Pathology and a key member of Fox Chase’s leadership ...

Christine M. Eischen, PhD, Receives Professorship in Cancer Research at Thomas Jefferson

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2018

Christine M. Eischen, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Cancer Biology at Thomas Jefferson University and co-leader of the Molecular Biology & Genetics Program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, was recently invested as the inaugural Herbert A. Rosenthal, MD ’56 Profe...

Steven T. Rosen, MD, Inducted Into AIMBE College of Fellows

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2018

City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Provost and Chief Scientific Officer, Steven T. Rosen, MD, has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Dr. Rosen was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers in recognition of...

Marc E. Lippman, MD, MACP, FRCP, Returns to Georgetown’s Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2018

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center announces the return of physician-scientist Marc E. Lippman, MD, MACP, FRCP, as Professor of Oncology and Medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center. From 1988 to 2001, Dr. Lippman served as Director of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive...

Three Cancer Researchers Share Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2018

The 2018 Tang prize in Biopharmaceutical Science is being shared by three cancer researchers, including targeted cancer therapy researcher John Mendelsohn, MD, former President of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Tony Hunter, PhD, Professor of Biology at the Salk Ins...

Benjamin Djulbegovic, MD, PhD, Named Director of New City of Hope Research Program

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2018

Benjamin Djulbegovic, MD, PhD, Professor and Director of Research in City of Hope’s Department of Supportive Care Medicine, has been named Director of Evidence-Based Medicine and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CEBR), a new program at City of Hope designed to improve patient outcomes by ful...

Tanya Dorff, MD, Joins City of Hope Department of Medical Oncology

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2018

Tanya Dorff, MD, has joined City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center as Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medical Oncology, heading the genitourinary cancers program.  Dr. Dorff’s area of expertise is in prostate cancer, but she also has experience in other genitourinary tumor ...

Solid Tumors
Breast Cancer

Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS, Appointed Vice Chair of SSO’s Breast Fellowship Program Directors Committee

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2018

Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has been appointed Vice Chair of the Breast Fellowship Program Directors Committee of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO). In his new leadership role within SSO, Dr. Bleicher will be involved in the bre...

11 New Institutions Join AACR Project GENIE Consortium

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2018

The number of institutions participating in the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) initiative, AACR Project Genomics Evidence Neoplasia Information Exchange (GENIE), has increased by 11 participants. The 11 new institutions of the AACR Project GENIE consortium and their related cancer ...

Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD, Appointed Director of Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2018

DAN THEODORESCU, MD, PhD, has been named Director of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai, a position he will assume starting July 1, 2018.  Dr. Theodorescu, a translational cancer researcher and expert in bladder cancer, will direct the oncology enterprise at Cedar...

Folakemi Odedina, PhD, Awarded Fellowship for Oncology Clinical Trials in Africa

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2018

FOLAKEMI ODEDINA, PhD, Professor of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy, has been awarded a 2018 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship to help expand oncology clinical trials in Africa.  Dr. Odedina will travel to South Africa to collabora...

ESMO Prioritizes Cancer Care at 71st World Health Assembly

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2018

AT THE 71ST World Health Assembly in Geneva, the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) delivered two statements positioning cancer as a priority on the global agenda of the World Health Organization (WHO). Presenting its recommendations for action to the international community, ESMO advocate...

Steven A. Rosenberg, MD, PhD, Receives American College of Surgeons Jacobson Innovation Award

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2018

THE 2018 JACOBSON INNOVATION AWARD of the American College of Surgeons was recently presented to Steven A. Rosenberg, MD, PhD, Chief of the Surgery Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as well as Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and at the Ge...

Richard D. Schulick, MD, MBA, Named Director of University of Colorado Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2018

RICHARD D. SCHULICK, MD, MBA, a cancer surgeon and administrative leader, has been named Director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, a consortium of three universities and three academic teaching hospitals. The University of Colorado Cancer Center is the hub of cancer research in the ...

Harvard Business School Launches Initiative to Accelerate Precision Medicine in Oncology

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2018

THE HARVARD BUSINESS School Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator, a multidisciplinary initiative with aims to advance precision medicine, focuses on four workstreams: Direct to Patient, Data & Analytics, Clinical Trials, as well as Venture and Investment. It was recently announced that under th...

Researchers at Baylor Awarded Multiple Grants to Study Treatment Resistance in Breast Cancer

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2018

TO BETTER UNDERSTAND the causes of resistance to treatment in estrogen receptor–positive breast cancer, the Department of Defense has awarded researchers at Baylor College of Medicine multiple grants to study gene anomalies in estrogen receptor–positive breast cancer that are associated with recurre...

WHO Names St. Jude Its First Collaborating Center for Childhood Cancer

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2018

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) has designated St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as the first WHO Collaborating Center for Childhood Cancer. With this collaboration, both organizations aim to expand efforts to develop strategies to strengthen the global resources, organization, and planning ...

Jens Hillengass, MD, Named Chief of Myeloma at Roswell Park

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2018

JENS HILLENGASS, MD, has been announced as the new Chief of Myeloma of the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. As part of his new role, Dr. Hillengass will continue his research on hematologic diseases, including multiple myeloma and its precursor diseases.  A scientist with more than 15...

Colorectal Cancer Alliance Announces Available Research Funding

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2018

THE COLORECTAL CANCER Alliance has announced up to $775,000 in available funding for up to five grants supporting research in young-onset colorectal cancer, rectal cancer, and colorectal cancer prevention. The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is committed to investing $10 million in research by 2021, incl...

ASCO Applauds NCI Announcement on Increased Funding for National Clinical Trials Network

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2018

ON JUNE 2, ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, released the following statement:  Today at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director Norman Sharpless, MD, announced $10 million in new funding for the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). ASCO applauds Dr. Sha...

Lung Cancer
Cost of Care
Genomics/Genetics

Decision-Analytic Model Finds Upfront, Comprehensive Genetic Testing in Advanced Lung Cancer Is Cost-Efficient

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2018  / 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting

AN ECONOMIC model comparing different types of genetic testing in metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) found using next-generation sequencing to test for all known lung cancer–related gene changes at the time of diagnosis was less costly and faster than sequentially testing one or a li...

Adolfo Ferrando, MD, PhD, Joins Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Advisory Board

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2018

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation announced that Adolfo Ferrando, MD, PhD, Professor at the Institute for Cancer Genetics at Columbia University, has joined its scientific advisory board. Dr. Ferrando is also Professor of Pediatrics and Pathology & Cell Biology; Associate Directo...

Solid Tumors
Pancreatic Cancer

Henry Ford Health System Announces Launch of Pancreatic Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2018

The Henry Ford Health System announced the receipt of a $20 million gift (from an individual donor who wishes to remain anonymous) to launch the Henry Ford Pancreatic Cancer Center, which will focus on global collaborations to develop new methods for the early detection of pancreatic cancer. Da...

Biospecimen Core Resource Receives NIH Funding to Further Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2018

The Biospecimen Core Resource within The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has received a new $4.5 million federal contract to accept, process, ensure quality, and distribute tumor derivatives for a number of national cancer research projects. The Biospecimen Co...

AACR and Cancer Research UK Form Alliance

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2018

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in collaboration with Cancer Research UK (CRUK) are launching a new international alliance to stimulate discoveries in cancer research. The two organizations share the vision that significant progress against cancer could be facilitated by providin...

St. Baldrick’s Foundation and SU2C Support Pediatric Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2018

The collaboration between Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and St. Baldrick’s Foundation Pediatric Cancer, launched in 2013, continues to help develop new immunotherapy approaches to high-risk childhood cancers, with the most recent donation of $8 million from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. In addition, th...

AAMC Study Examines Career Trends Among MD-PhD Program Graduates

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2018

There is a projected decline in the physician-scientist workforce, according to a new study published by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The report, the National MD-PhD Program Outcomes Study, tracks the careers of MD-PhD program graduates over 50 years (1964–2014) and highlight...

ASCO, ABIM Collaborate on Pathway to Maintenance of Board Certification

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2018 - Narratives Special Issue

ASCO and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) have announced that they are working to co-create a pathway to provide doctors with a flexible way to maintain board certification. The work with ASCO reflects real progress in ABIM’s efforts to collaborate with medical societies. Beginning in...

New Fellows Selected for ASCO’s 2018-2019 Health Policy Fellowship Program

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2018 - Narratives Special Issue

ASCO recently announced that Trevor Royce, MS, MD, MPH, and Sheetal Kircher, MD, have been selected for the ASCO Health Policy Fellowship Program.  Now entering its third year, the fellowship program offers oncologists the opportunity to gain the knowledge-base, skills, and experience necessary to ...

Genomics/Genetics

NIH Completes In-Depth Genomic Analysis of 33 Cancer Types

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2018 - Narratives Special Issue

Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have completed a detailed genomic analysis, known as the PanCancer Atlas, on a data set of molecular and clinical information from over 10,000 tumors representing 33 types of cancer, according to a release issued by the NIH late last mont...

Conquer Cancer 2018 Awards Presented at ASCO Annual Meeting

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2018 - Narratives Special Issue

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the ASCO recently announced the recipients of its 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting Merit Awards, Medical Student Rotations for Underrepresented Populations (MSR), Resident Travel Awards for Underrepresented Populations (RTA), and Long-term International Fellowship (LIFe). Al...

Robert M. Arnold, MD, Receives 2018 Association of Specialty Professors Award

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

Robert M. Arnold, MD, a researcher and physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), has been recently recognized by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine for his efforts to train clinicians to have difficult end-of-life conversations. Dr. Arnold accepted the 2018 Eric...

New Leadership Joins Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone and Perlmutter Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

Elizabeth A. Raetz, MD, Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital, and Theodore P. Nicolaides, MD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, have joined Hassenfeld Children’s...

Leena Gandhi, MD, PhD, to Lead Lilly Immuno-Oncology

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

Eli Lilly and Company recently announced that Leena Gandhi, MD, PhD, a thoracic oncologist with a focus on immunotherapy and early drug development, will join Lilly Oncology in June 2018 to lead an immuno-oncology medical development. Dr. Gandhi is currently Director of Thoracic Medical Oncolog...

Susan G. Komen Announces New Advisors, Scholars in Breast Cancer

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

Susan G. Komen recently announced new advisory roles for 12 leaders in breast cancer. These women and men will join an esteemed group of breast cancer researchers, clinicians, and advocates who help guide the organization’s education and advocacy work, public health efforts, and research programs. ...

Baylor/St. Luke’s Medical Center Establishes Annual Oncology Lecture

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Centerhas established the Philip Salem Annual Oncology Lecture in honor of Philip A. Salem, MD, a physician, researcher, educator, and international statesman in cancer medicine; Director Emeritus of Cancer Research at Baylor/St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston; and ...

Fox Chase Cancer Center Announces 2018 Award Recipients for Translational Clinical Protocol Development

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

Fox Chase Cancer Center recently announced the awardees of the 2018 translational clinical protocol development based on basic and preclinical research results. Translational research disease groups were created with a multidisciplinary group of clinical and research-based faculty, with a focus on c...

Kidney Cancer

Update on ATLAS Trial of Axitinib for RCC Recurrence Risk

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

Pfizer recently announced that the independent data monitoring committee for the phase III ATLAS trial, which is evaluating axitinib (Inlyta) as adjuvant therapy for patients at high risk of recurrent renal cell carcinoma (RCC) after nephrectomy, recommended stopping the trial at a planned interim a...

St. Jude Cloud, Largest Public Repository of Pediatric Cancer Genomics Data, Launched for Researchers Worldwide

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

On April 12, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital launched the St. Jude Cloud, an online data-sharing and collaboration platform that provides researchers access to the world’s largest public repository of pediatric cancer genomics data. Developed as a partnership among St. Jude, DNAnexus, and Micr...

New International Translations of NCCN Guidelines for Patients

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has published a newly translated Italian version of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® for stomach cancer, funded by No Stomach for Cancer. Over the past year, the NCCN Foundation also worked with the Kidney Cancer Association to translate patient gu...

ACCP Statement on Organ-Impaired Patients in Oncology Trials

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

The American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP) recently published a Policy Statement reviewing ways in which clinical pharmacology can and should make an effort to include organ-impaired patients in oncology trials. The announcement identifies key discussions needed among industry, regulators,...

Florida Cancer Centers Awarded $1.36 Million to Minimize Disparities in Pancreatic Cancer

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

The Florida Department of Health’s James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program has granted Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of Florida Health Cancer Center, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, and numerous collaborating centers with $1.36 million to addre...

Stand Up To Cancer Launches Research Team to Detect Precursor Conditions of Multiple Myeloma

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) announced a $10 million award to a Stand Up To Cancer Dream Team focused on revolutionizing the treatment of multiple myeloma through the early detection of precursor conditions. In the hope of developing therapies to prevent myeloma in high-risk populations, the project w...

Visible Ink Celebrates 10 Years of Live Patient Performances

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

On April 16, 2018, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York hosted the annual Visible Ink live performances at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. The evening marked the 10th anniversary of the ongoing one-on-one writing program for patients undergoing cancer treatment at MSK. W...

Antoni Ribas, MD, Recognized for Research in Cancer Immunology

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

Antoni Ribas, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Tumor Immunology Program at the University of California Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded the sixth American Association of Cancer Research–Cancer Research Institute Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology. The aw...

Cancer Support Community Welcomes Kevin Stein, PhD, FAPOS, as Executive Director of Research and Training Institute

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

The Cancer Support Community recently announced the addition of Kevin Stein, PhD, FAPOS, as Executive Director of its Research and Training Institute. Dr. Stein is Associate Professor in the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory Univ...

American Cancer Society Awards New Research and Training Grants

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

THE AMERICAN CANCER Society has approved funding for 110 grants totaling $47,624,000 to researchers and health professionals across 72 institutions nationwide in the first of 2 grant cycles for 2018. Of these grants, 101 are new and 9 are renewals of previous grants.  Two individuals have been awar...

ACS and MRA Fund Research on Adverse Effects of Immunotherapy

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY (ACS) and the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) recently selected a group of scientists to receive newly established research grants to investigate the adverse effects associated with checkpoint inhibitor cancer treatments. The grants are funded by MRA and ACS under a join...

AACR Honors Recipients of 2018 Scientific Achievement Awards and Lectureships

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for Cancer Research (AACR) honors the following cancer researchers and clinicians who were recognized for their scientific achievements during the AACR Annual Meeting 2018:   Isaiah J. Fidler, DVM, PhD, FAACR, AACR President (1984-1985), Fellow of the AACR Academy and ...

Roger Lo, MD, PhD, Receives American Skin Association Award for Skin Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2018

THE AMERICAN SKIN ASSOCIATION (ASA) recently announced Roger Lo, MD, PhD, of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California (UCLA), as the recipient of the Abby S. and Howard P. Milstein Innovation Award for Melanoma/Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Research.  The award is availab...

AACR Announces 2018 Special Recognition Awards

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2018

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for Cancer Research (AACR) presented Special Recognition Awards to the following four individuals whose work has made extraordinary contributions to the AACR’s mission to accelerate the prevention and cure of all cancers through research, education, communication, and collab...

AACR Welcomes New Leadership at 2018 Annual Meeting

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2018

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH (AACR) welcomes Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD, Deputy Director for the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and Associate Director of the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, as President of AACR for 2018–2019. Ad...

Skin Cancer

Melanoma Research Alliance Announces New Grants

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2018

The Melanoma Research Alliance has announced funding for research grants totaling more than $11 million. The awards will fund researchers at 23 institutions across the United States, Australia, and Belgium to conduct research to advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of melanoma. This yea...

Linda D. Bosserman, MD, FACP, FASCO, Named Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Oncology Practice

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2018

Linda D. Bosserman, MD, FACP, FASCO, has been named Editor-in-Chief of ASCO’s Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP). She is a recognized leader in cancer care delivery with an understanding of the issues impacting all types of oncology practices. Dr. Bosserman will oversee the development of each...

Primo Nery Lara, Jr, MD, Appointed Director of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2018

Primo Nery Lara, Jr, MD, has been named Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated University of California (UC) Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. He will lead a team of more than 300 scientists, with an estimated $90 million in annual research funding, and a clinical enterpris...

Agnieszka Witkiewicz, MD, Appointed Director of Center for Personalized Medicine at Roswell Park

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2018

Agnieszka Witkiewicz, MD, has been appointed Director of the Center for Personalized Medicine at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is also Chief of Research and Biobanking in the Department of Pathology. Before coming to the cancer center, she worked at the University of Arizona as ...

Hematologic Malignancies
Multiple Myeloma

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Awards $7M to Advance Immunotherapy Research

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2018

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation announced that, as part of its $15M Immunotherapy Initiative, it has awarded $7 million to fund three research programs led by myeloma researchers. The Immunotherapy Initiative, through the formation of highly collaborative, multidisciplinary Immune Networks ...

American Psychosocial Oncology Society Welcomes New President, President-Elect

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

Teresa Deschields, PhD, is the 2018 President of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). Dr. Deschields assumed the role of President during the Society’s annual meeting held recently in Tucson. Dr. Deschields is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the ...

Leslie Bernstein, PhD, Receives AACR–American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

Biostatistician and epidemiologist Leslie Bernstein, PhD, Professor in the Division of Biomarkers of Early Detection and Prevention, Department of Population Sciences, at City of Hope, has been selected to receive the American Association for Cancer Research’s (AACR) 27th Annual American Cancer...

Randi Cohen, MD, MS, Joins Department of Radiation Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

Fox Chase Cancer Center announced Randi Cohen, MD, MS, joined its institution as Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, as of March 2018. She will primarily treat patients at the new East Norriton campus. The Fox Chase Cancer Center East Norriton Hospital Outpatient Cente...

Elaine R. Mardis, PhD, Named AACR President-Elect for 2018–2019

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

The members of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) have elected Elaine R. Mardis, PhD, as President-Elect for 2018–2019. She officially became President-Elect at the 2018 AACR Annual Meeting, held in Chicago, April 14–18, and will assume the presidency in April 2019 at the 2019 ...

Scott Weir, PharmD, PhD, Recipient of 2018 Janet Davison Rowley Patient Impact Research Award

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

Cures Within Reach, a leading global nonprofit organization focused on drug repurposing research, announced that Scott Weir, PharmD, PhD, of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, is the recipient of the 2018 Janet Davison Rowley Patient Impact Research Award. Dr. Weir serves as Director of th...

Issues in Oncology
Survivorship

Wendy S. Harpham, MD, FACP, Writes Gift Book to Change the Conversation About Hope for Cancer Survivors

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

Recently, Curant House announced the publication of Healing Hope: Through and Beyond Cancer by Wendy S. Harpham, MD, FACP, a physician-survivor of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and award-winning thought leader in survivorship. In this book (her eighth), Dr. Harpham presents 50 illness-related aphorisms ...

Xiang Zhang, PhD, Receives Sue Eccles Young Investigator Award

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

XIANG ZHANG, PhD, Associate Professor and McNair Scholar at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, part of the National Cancer Institute–designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Sue Eccles Young Investigator Awa...

Genomics/Genetics

NIH Completes In-Depth Genomic Analysis

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

RESEARCHERS FUNDED by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have completed a detailed genomic analysis, known as the Pan-Cancer Atlas, on a data set of molecular and clinical information from over 10,000 tumors representing 33 types of cancer.  The Pan-Cancer Atlas, published as a collection of 2...

AACR Announces 2018 Class of Fellows

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for Cancer Research (AACR) recently announced its newly elected class of Fellows of the AACR Academy. The mission of the AACR Academy is to recognize and honor distinguished scientists whose major scientific contributions have propelled significant innovation and progress ag...

CNS Cancers

Updated NCCN Guidelines® for Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

THE NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE Cancer Network (NCCN) has updated its Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for Central Nervous System Cancers (NCCN Guidelines®) to recommend alternating electric field therapy (also known as tumor-treating fields, Optune) in combination with temozolomide as a category...

Skin Cancer Foundation Awards Research Grants

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

DURING THE RECENT American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting in San Diego, The Skin Cancer Foundation hosted a reception to announce the winners of its annual research grant awards. The Skin Cancer Foundation’s grants program provides research funding to support dermatology department research a...

NCCN Honors Contributors to the Improvement of Global Cancer Care

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

THE NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE Cancer Network® (NCCN®) announced the recipients of the 2018 awards for service to patients and contributions to the alliance, during the NCCN 23rd Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The awards were presented by NCCN Chief Executive Officer Robert W. Carlson, MD, and h...

Fabrice Barlesi, MD, PhD, Receives 2018 Heine H. Hansen Award

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) have announced that the 2018 Heine H. Hansen Award was given to Fabrice Barlesi, MD, PhD. The award was presented at the 2018 European Lung Cancer Congress (ELCC 2018) in earl...

Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation Awards Six Research Grants

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2018

THE NEUROENDOCRINE Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) has awarded six new research grants, totaling about $1.85 million, to leading academic institutions around the world. The grants fund clinical, translational, and basic research in the United States, Australia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom....

Norman Wolmark, MD, and Bernard Fisher, MD, Honored for Leadership of NSABP

Charlotte Bath  / April 25, 2018  / 71st SSO Annual Cancer Symposium

NORMAN WOLMARK, MD, and Bernard Fisher, MD, received the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Distinguished Service Award for their work leading the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP). Dr. Wolmark, who succeeded Dr. Fisher as Chair of the NSABP and is currently Group Chair o...

Destroy Pancreatic Cancer Donates $1 Million for Unique Trial

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

DESTROY PANCREATIC CANCER, an Atlanta-based nonprofit dedicated to finding better treatments for pancreatic cancer, is donating $1 million for a unique pancreatic cancer clinical trial designed by the nonprofit Translational Genomics Research Institute.  Daniel D. Von Hoff, MD, FACP, one of the wor...

Edward M. Wolin, MD, Named Director of Center for Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumors at Mount Sinai

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

EDWARD M. WOLIN, MD, an internationally renowned authority on neuroendocrine tumors, has joined the Mount Sinai Health System as Director of the Center for Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumors. This multidisciplinary center includes specialists in gastroenterology, surgical oncology, hepatobilia...

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Awards Research Grant to Craig B. Thompson, MD

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

THE SAMUEL WAXMAN Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) will present the 2018 Daid T. Workman Memorial Award to Craig B. Thompson, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, at its Breakthroughs Scientific Symposium in late April. The event brings together SWCR...

Frederick M. Schnell, MD, FACP, Named Medical Director of Community Oncology Alliance

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

THE COMMUNITY ONCOLOGY ALLIANCE announced that Frederick M. Schnell, MD, FACP, has been appointed to the newly created staff position of Medical Director.  Dr. Schnell has been a practicing community oncologist for 34 years and most recently Chief Executive Officer at Central Georgia Cancer Ca...

Breast Cancer Specialist Hernan Vargas, MD, Joins Virginia Cancer Specialists

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

VIRGINIA CANCER SPECIALISTS, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, has announced Hernan Vargas, MD, has joined its practice. Virginia Cancer Specialists is a cancer care and research center in Northern Virginia with more than 40 years of service to patients.  Dr. Vargas joins Virginia Cance...

Maura Dickler, MD, Appointed Vice President of Late Phase Development at Lilly Oncology

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

ELI LILLY AND COMPANY announced that Maura Dickler, MD, a breast cancer clinical researcher at the Breast Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), will join Lilly Oncology as Vice President of Late Phase Development in early May 2018.  Dr. Dickler is currently Section ...

AACR Launches Initiative to Address Cancer Health Disparities in African Americans

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION for Cancer Research (AACR) announced the launch of a collaborative initiative known as “2020 by 2020.” The initiative will perform genomic sequencing of both malignant and benign tumor tissues from 2,020 consented African American cancer patients in addition to aggregating i...

Solid Tumors
Gynecologic Cancers

Leading Health Organizations Issue Challenge to Defeat Cervical Cancer

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

The Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Perlmutter Cancer Center, and the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health are issuing the “New York Challenge,” an ambitious campaign to end cervical cancer worldwide. They are challenging all nations to achieve a 70% human papillo...

Yale Cancer Center Launches Immuno-Oncology Center

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

Yale Cancer Center has launched the Yale Center for Immuno-Oncology. The new center will build on Yale Cancer Center’s international leadership in immunobiology, cancer immunology, and development of novel cancer immunotherapies. It is a partnership between Yale Cancer Center and the Department of I...

Huda Zoghbi, MD, Awarded Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health has selected Baylor College of Medicine’s Huda Zoghbi, MD, as the winner of the sixth annual Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine. The prize, which includes a $50,000 award, will be presented to Dr. Zoghbi in early June at the New Yor...

James C. Wittig, MD, Joins Atlantic Health System Orthopedic Oncology Leadership Team

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

James C. Wittig, MD, has been appointed Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at the Morristown Medical Center and Medical Director of Orthopedic Oncology within the Atlantic Health System. Dr. Wittig will be responsible for ensuring quality, academic excellence, and optimal operational per...

AACR Welcomes New Leadership

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

The members of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) have elected five members to serve on the AACR Board of Directors for the 2018–2021 term and four members to serve on the Nominating Committee for the 2018–2020 term. These new directors and committee members began their terms at the...

NCCN® Adopts New Web-Based Software Platform for Research

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program (ORP) announced the selection and implementation of the iEnvision medical affairs platform, developed by Envision Technology Solutions. The NCCN ORP supports research through collaborations with pharmaceutical companies and...

Thomas A. Gallo, MS, MDA, Becomes ACCC President 2018–2019

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

Thomas A. Gallo, MS, MDA, was named 2018–2019 President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) during its 44th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit on March 16, 2018, in Washington, DC. Mr. Gallo is Executive Director of the Virginia Cancer Institute in Richmond. ACC...

Issues in Oncology
Legislation

ASCO Commends Congress for NIH Funding

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2018

On March 23, 2018, ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, issued the following statement: The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) applauds Congress for its bipartisan support of the omnibus spending bill that significantly boosts our nation’s investment in biomedical research. By...

Issues in Oncology

Cancer Drug Development Award Given to Jean-Charles Soria, MD, PhD

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2018

  The Targeted Anticancer Therapies 2018 Honorary Award for cancer drug development has been granted to Jean-Charles Soria, MD, PhD, for his pioneering role in cancer drug development across molecular targeted agents, precision medicine, and immunotherapy. The award was presented during the 20...

Hematologic Malignancies
Leukemia

Martin S. Tallman, MD, Joins Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2018

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) announced that Martin S. Tallman, MD, Chief of Leukemia Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), has joined its Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Tallman, who will continue in his role at MSK, will join his fellow Scientific Advi...

Frederick National Laboratory and Georgetown University Launch Research Collaboration

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2018

A new collaboration established between Georgetown University and the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research aims to expand both institutions’ research and training missions in the biomedical sciences. Representatives from Georgetown University and the Frederick National Laboratory signe...

CancerCare Publishes New White Paper on the Provider Perspective in Treatment Decision-Making

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2018

CANCERCARE has announced the publication of a new white paper highlighting perspectives from oncology providers on the importance and utility of including patient priorities in treatment decisions. “Decision Making at the Point of Care: Voices of Oncology Providers” was developed as part of CancerCa...

Baylor Receives $3 Million to Fund Grants in Tobacco Control, Cancer Screening, and Cancer Treatments

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2018

RESEARCHERS AT Baylor College of Medicine have received more than $3 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to fund three new grants focused on tobacco control, cancer screening, and novel treatments for cancer in children and adults.  CPRIT was launched in 2009 ...

Yale Law School Hosts Interdisciplinary Conference on Cancer Policy, Politics, and Law

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2018

THE SOLOMON CENTER for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School, in collaboration with Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center, New Haven, hosted a major interdisciplinary conference addressing topics at the cutting edge of cancer policy. The 2-day program took place on February 8–9, 2...

Richard R. Barakat, MD, to Lead Northwell Health Cancer Services and Research

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2018

IN A SIGNIFICANT recruitment that involved a nationwide search, Northwell Health has appointed Richard R. Barakat, MD, to lead all of its cancer services and research. An internationally recognized surgeon and clinical investigator who specializes in robotic and laparoscopic treatments of uter...

Rutgers Cancer Institute Welcomes New Oncology Leadership

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2018

RUTGERS CANCER INSTITUTE of New Jersey at the University Hospital in Newark has named several new oncology leaders, further enhancing the facility’s expertise and ability to deliver National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center services to the greater Essex County region. ...

University of Pittsburgh Plans to Create New Immunotherapy Facility

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2018

THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH and its corresponding medical center (UPMC) are once again partnering to advance the pace of life-changing innovation in the region and beyond. The University of Pittsburgh and UPMC leaders announced plans to establish the new UPMC Immune Transplant and Therapy Center (I...

National Comprehensive Cancer Network Reports New Milestones, Fosters Novel Collaborations

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2018

MORE THAN 8 million copies of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) were downloaded in 2017, marking a 16% increase since 2016 and setting a new personal record for the NCCN. Over the past 2 years, free downloads from NCCN.org and the ...

Solid Tumors
Skin Cancer

The Skin Cancer Foundation Announces Office Relocation

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2018

The Skin Cancer Foundation, the leading nonprofit organization for public and professional skin cancer education, recently moved to a new office space at 205 Lexington Avenue in midtown Manhattan. The new office will allow the Foundation to grow its staff as it develops new patient support programs ...

Alex Huang, MD, PhD, Receives $450,000 From Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2018

Cancer researcher Alex Huang MD, PhD, has received a $450,000 Basic Science grant from the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation to study targeted approaches for effectively eliminating metastatic osteosarcoma. Dr. Huang is Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Med...

Solid Tumors
Gynecologic Cancers

E. John Wherry, PhD, Awarded SU2C Funding to Lead Investigation of Gynecologic Cancer Therapies

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2018

E. John Wherry, PhD, a cancer and immunology researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the most highly cited investigators in his field, has been awarded a “Convergence 2.0” research grant by Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) to investigate immune system...

James P. Allison, PhD, Granted BBVA Foundation Award for Groundbreaking Work in Immunotherapy

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2018

The BBVA Foundation awarded its Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biomedicine category to American immunologist James P. Allison, PhD, whose innovative research has almost single-handedly transformed cancer treatment. His seminal research in immunotherapy has paved the way for the development...

Stand Up To Cancer Awards $11M to Study Immune Response to Cancer

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2018

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) has announced a “Convergence 2.0” research initiative that awards $11 million to 7 multidisciplinary research teams to investigate immune system response to cancer. The multi-institutional teams were announced at SU2C’s Scientific Summit. Each team comprises experts in lif...

Solid Tumors
Breast Cancer

Huntsman Cancer Institute to Use National Cancer Institute Grant for Breast Cancer Trial Center

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah has been awarded a $2.4 million 2-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to help continue its research in breast cancer. Alana Welm, PhD, and Bryan Welm, PhD, investigators at Huntsman Cancer Institute, along with Michael Lewi...

2018 William L. McGuire Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2018

Nominations are now being accepted for the William L. McGuire Award and Lectureship. The award is given annually at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in recognition of an investigator whose extraordinary and sustained achievements in translational and/or clinical research have made an impact ...

New Edition of Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice Now Available

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2018

THE 7th AND LATEST EDITION of Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice has been published by Elsevier. This authoritative reference in the field of hematology delivers expert scientific content and clinical guidance to enhance problem-solving skills and make optimal use of the newest diagnostic tec...

World Cancer Day Addresses Global Disparities in Cancer Care

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2018

FEBRUARY 4 was World Cancer Day, which raises awareness for the millions of people worldwide facing unequal access to cancer detection, treatment, and care services. Oncology leaders, health-care professionals, and supporters across the world are pushing for urgent action to reduce the rate of prema...

CancerCare Raises Nearly $665,000 to Support Patients With Cancer Affected by Hurricanes

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2018

SINCE SEPTEMBER 2017, the national nonprofit organization CancerCare has raised nearly $665,000 to provide direct financial assistance for people with cancer who have been impacted by hurricanes. The majority of this support has been allocated to people with cancer in Puerto Rico, many of whom are s...

Multiple Myeloma

Results From Phase III ARROW Study of Once-Weekly Carfilzomib in Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2018

TOPLINE RESULTS of the phase III ARROW trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT02412878) were recently announced by Amgen. The study showed carfilzomib (Kyprolis) administered once weekly at 70 mg/m2 with dexamethasone allowed patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma to live 3.6 months ...

Madhav V. Dhodapkar, MBBS, Named Director of New Center for Cancer Immunology at Winship Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2018

MADHAV V. DHODAPKAR, MBBS, a world-renowned expert in cancer immunology and translational immunotherapy, joined Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University as Director of the new Winship Center for Cancer Immunology. He has been appointed as the Anise McDaniel Brock Chair, Georgia Research Alliance...

Human Genome Project Receives Thai Annual Award

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2018

THE HUMAN GENOME PROJECT has been awarded the 2017 Prince Mahidol Award, a Thai Royal Family annual award for groundbreaking advances in the fields of medicine and public health. The award was received on behalf of the project by Eric Green, MD, PhD, Director of the National Human Genome Research In...

New Head of GI Medical Oncology at Perlmutter Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2018

PAUL E. OBSERSTEIN, MD, will join New York University (NYU) Langone Health and its Perlmutter Cancer Center as Director of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology and Assistant Director of the institution’s recently established Pancreatic Cancer Center.  Prior to his new post at NYU Langone, Dr. Obe...

Priyanka Sharma, MD, Appointed Vice Chair of SWOG Breast Committee

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2018

PRIYANKA SHARMA, MD, a breast cancer medical oncologist at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, has been named Vice Chair of SWOG’s Breast Committee.  SWOG, formerly the Southwest Oncology Group, is a global cancer research community that designs and conducts publicly funded clinical trials...

UCLA Scientists Receive NIH Research Grant to Advance Adoption of Focal Laser Therapy for Prostate Cancer

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (UCLA) researchers Leonard Marks, MD, and Shyam Natarajan, PhD, will lead a $3.1 million research project grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health to advance the adoption of a promising new technology to treat men with prostate cancer. By helping to incre...

NCCN Awards Nine Grants for Quality Improvement in Breast Cancer Care

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2018

THE NATIONAL COMPREHENSIVE Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program in collaboration with Pfizer Global Medical Grants announced they have awarded funding to nine projects that use clinical care pathways to implement quality improvement initiatives along the continuum of care for underserve...

Attila Seyhan, PhD, Appointed Director of Translational Medicine Operations at Fox Chase Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2018

FOX CHASE CANCER CENTER has hired Attila Seyhan, PhD, for the newly created position of Director of Translational Medicine Operations. Dr. Seyhan will work closely with Wafik S. El-Deiry, MD, PhD, FACP, Deputy Cancer Center Director for Translational Research, to manage and promote multiple ini...

Viviane Tabar, MD, Named Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2018

VIVIANE TABAR, MD, has been named the new Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK).  Dr. Tabar has been a faculty member at MSK for more than 15 years and is currently the Theresa C. Feng Chair for Neurosurgical Oncology and the Vice Chair for Neu...

Alexis A. Thompson, MD, MPH, Appointed 2018 ASH President

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2018

Alexis A. Thompson, MD, MPH, an expert in sickle cell disease and thalassemia, will serve as President of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) for a 1-year term through December 2018. Dr. Thompson is Head of the Hematology Section of the Division of Hematology Oncology Transplantation and ...

Fox Chase Researchers Earn Privately Funded Grants for Five Pilot Projects

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2018

                    The Fox Chase Cancer Center is pleased to announce the first winners of its new privately funded pilot project grants. The program supports cutting-edge projects that are potentially paradigm-shifting; possess a high likelihood to ...

Four New Scientists and Researchers Join City of Hope

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2018

City of Hope recently announced the appointments of four new scientists to its research faculty. Jianjun Chen, PhD, joins the staff as Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Systems Biology. Before joining the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope, Dr. Chen had been serving as Associa...

Solid Tumors
Lung Cancer

Cancer Collaboration Launches New Lung Cancer Patient Registry

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2018

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE welcome the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer as a new member of the Lung Cancer Patient Registry, a place to gather and store detailed patient information, providing a real-world view of...

Howard S. Hochster, MD, Joins Rutgers Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2018

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health welcome Howard S. Hochster, MD, an internationally recognized leader in the development of cancer clinical trials, gastrointestinal oncology, and early-phase cancer drugs. In January, Dr. Hochster assumed the role of Associate Direct...

NCI Awards $16M Research Grant to Ponce Health Sciences University and Moffitt Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2018

Ponce Health Sciences University of Ponce, Puerto Rico, in partnership with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, has received a grant of $16,000,000 from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The grant will help to expand Ponce Health Sciences University’s research capabilities in basic ...

Mary Beckerle, PhD, Honored by National Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2018

Mary Beckerle, PhD, Chief Executive -Officer and Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, is this year’s recipient of the Alfred G. Knudson Award in Cancer Genetics from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The prestigious award is named after Alfred G. Knudson, MD, PhD...

Ursula Matulonis, MD, Named Brock-Wilson Family Chair at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2018

Ursula Matulonis, MD, has been named the first incumbent of the Brock-Wilson Family Chair at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Dana-Farber). The newly established Chair was created to advance gynecologic oncology research and support a highly dedicated faculty member at Dana-Farber. Dr. Matulonis ...

Levine Cancer Institute Creates Integrated Department of Supportive Oncology to Be Led by Declan Walsh, MD

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2018

Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) has announced a new Department of Supportive Oncology, helmed by palliative medicine pioneer Declan Walsh, MD. Under the leadership of Dr. Walsh, the new department will integrate its services throughout the Institute. The department includes cancer rehabilitation,...

Israel Cancer Research Fund Appoints National Executive Director

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2018

Mark A. Israel, MD, a pediatric oncologist, translational scientist, and a recognized leader in cancer research has been appointed National Executive Director of the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), a nonprofit organization dedicated solely to funding cancer research in Israel. Dr. Israel jo...

Fox Chase Announces Winners of ACS Institutional Research Grant for Junior Investigators

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2018

Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine are pleased to announce the winners of its American Cancer Society (ACS) Institutional Research Grant Pilot Project Competition for Junior Investigators. The competition was open to eligible junior faculty at Fox Chase Cancer Center and...

Laura Levin, MD, Joins Fox Chase Cancer Center Department of Diagnostic Imaging

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2018

FOX CHASE CANCER CENTER is pleased to welcome Board-certified radiologist Laura Levin, MD, as Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Imaging. Dr. Levin assumed her new position on January 2, 2018.  Dr. Levin comes to Fox Chase Cancer Center from a high-volume private practice in w...

Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD, Named Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2018

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH (AACR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD, as Editor-in-Chief of its Cancer Research journal. Published under different titles in its early years, Cancer Research was the first English-language journal to be published in ...

ASCO Calls for Streamlining of Adverse Events Reporting for Cancer Clinical Trials

ASCO  / January 25, 2018

ASCO HAS released recommendations to streamline serious adverse events reporting for cancer clinical trials. The ASCO research statement, published last month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), discusses strategies to address the high volume of uninformative adverse events reports submitted ...

Roswell Park Cancer Institute Appoints New Leaders for 2018

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2018

AT THE START OF 2018, seven senior employees assumed new roles at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. Five of these program leaders were promoted or reappointed, and two have newly joined the Institute from other centers around the United States.  Meet the Appointees  Charles LeV...

Community Oncology Alliance Elects Officers and New Board Members for 2018

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2018

THE COMMUNITY ONCOLOGY ALLIANCE (COA) is pleased to announce the election of new members to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Additionally, the COA Board has launched and nominated participants for a dedicated standing committee on Government Affairs and Policy as well as Payment Refor...

Oncology World Mourns the Loss of Jimmie C. Holland, MD, Founder, Field of Psycho-Oncology

The ASCO Post  / December 26, 2017

Jimmie C. Holland, MD, died suddenly on December 24, 2017, at the age of 89 years. Dr. Holland was the Attending Psychiatrist and Wayne E. Chapman Chair at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center and Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. Internationa...

Mohamad Cherry, MD, Joins Atlantic Hematology Oncology

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

AWARD-WINNING physician-researcher Mohamad Cherry, MD, has joined Atlantic Hematology Oncology, part of Atlantic Health System’s Atlantic Medical Group at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center. Dr. Cherry, who is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology, joins Atlantic ...

New Vice President of Early Phase Development and Immuno-oncology at Lilly Oncology

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

KIMBERLY BLACKWELL, MD, one of the nation’s leading breast cancer researchers, will join Lilly Oncology as Vice President of Early Phase Development and Immuno-oncology as of March 12, 2018. Dr. Blackwell is currently Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Duke U...

NIH Research Program Partners With National Library of Medicine to Advance Precision Medicine

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH’S All of Us Research Program and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have teamed up to raise awareness about the program, a landmark effort to advance precision medicine. Through this 3-year pilot program, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine has receive...

NIH Grants $6.4 Million to Better Identify Breast Cancer Biomarkers

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, part of Montefiore, and Hackensack Meridian Health John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center have secured a 5-year, $6.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to identify biomarkers that may predict whi...

National Cancer Institute Sponsors Training Program on Supportive Cancer Care

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

The National Cancer Institute has funded a training program for health-care professionals providing supportive cancer care. The training comprises foundational webinars by experts in the field, a 2-day skills-based workshop, ongoing monthly consultation, and a discussion board. Each workshop will b...

Solid Tumors
Breast Cancer

27 Breast Oncologists Recognized on Forbes’ ‘Physician Honor Roll’

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

This December, Forbes magazine recognized 27 breast oncologists across the country as exemplary physicians in the field of oncology. Individuals on the list serve in the top spots of their respective hospitals, contribute a wealth of clinical research to advance the practice, and serve on community ...

Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute Receives 3-Year Accreditation From ACS

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai has been honored with a 3-year accreditation with commendation from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The accreditation is recognized by the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Joint Commi...

Maximiliano D’Angelo, PhD, Receives ACS Research Grant

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

Maximiliano D’Angelo, PhD, Assistant Professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, has received a 4-year, $792,000 Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS awards Research Scholar Grants for promising research projects that may lead to the elimin...

Harborside Partners With MAZ to Launch OncologyGo, Cancer Resource for Mobile Devices and TV

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

Media technology company, MAZ, has partnered with Harborside, a medical communications company based in Huntington, New York, to launch OncologyGo, a streaming-event coverage and video content app for specialists in oncology health care available on Apple TV, Roku, FireTV, and iOS. Harborside cre...

Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian Receive $700 Million Donation for Cancer Research and Care

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian announced that Florence Irving and her late husband, Herbert Irving, have given $700 million to the two institutions to advance research and clinical programs for the treatment of cancer. The Irvings’ historic gift will have a profound impact on research ...

ACKC Secures $10 Million for Kidney Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

Action to Cure Kidney Cancer (ACKC) was instrumental in securing a $10 million line item for the Kidney Cancer Research Program as part of the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). This represents the largest increase ever in the federal budget for kidne...

Seven Leaders Join MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors welcomed seven new members at its annual meeting in early November: Randy A. Foutch, Winell Herron, Cyvia Wolff, Isabella Arjona-Zappala, R. Stan Marek, Jr, Walker N. Moody, and Jerry Simon. The Board of Visitors is a nonfiduci...

FCC, NCI Working to Improve Rural Cancer Care via Broadband Access

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

The Connect2Health Task Force, an initiative of the Federal Communmications Commission (FCC), has announced that the FCC and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have joined forces, signing a memorandum of understanding that will focus on how increasing broadband access and adoption in rural areas ca...

American Association for the Advancement of Science Inducts New Fellows

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has recently inducted 396 members as fellows, with 21 members having oncology backgrounds. Members have been awarded this honor because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New...

Howard A. ‘Skip’ Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO, Elected ASCO President for 2019–2020 Term

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2017

Howard A. “Skip” Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO, a long-time member and volunteer, has been elected to serve as the President of ASCO for the term beginning in June 2019. He will take office as President-Elect during the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago in June 2018. Additionally, five members were ...

ASH 2017 Outstanding Service and Public Service Awards

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) presented the 2017 awards for outstanding service and public service on December 10 during the 59th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta. Tom Brokaw is the 2017 recipient of the ASH Outstanding Service Award, presented annually to an individual...

Seattle Children’s Hospital Opens CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy Trial in Pediatric Leukemia

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

Seattle Children’s Hospital has opened the first chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy trial in the United States for children and young adults with relapsed or refractory CD19- and CD22-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). With this more robust defense, researchers hope the n...

International Society of Geriatric Oncology Awards Leaders at 2017 Conference

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

The International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) Annual Conference took place November 9–11, 2017, in Warsaw, Poland. Over 350 delegates representing 41 countries attended the meeting, along with more than 60 faculty from 22 countries. Stuart Lichtman, MD, SIOG President, and Attending Physici...

The 27 NCCN Member Institutions

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Omaha Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, California Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center/Massachu...

Young Investigators Named Winners of 2017 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has named three investigators as recipients of this year’s Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research. The award recognizes promising investigators aged 45 years or younger at the time of nomination for their efforts in advancing cancer research....

Louis M. Weiner, MD, Appointed Director of MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

MedStar Health, the largest not-for-profit health-care system across Maryland and the Washington, DC, region, has named Louis M. Weiner, MD, as Director of its MedStar Georgetown Cancer Institute. Dr. Weiner will serve in this capacity while also remaining Director of Georgetown Lombardi Compre...

Mount Sinai Institutes Join $215 Million Partnership to Increase Patients’ Immunotherapy Success

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

The Tisch Cancer Institute and the Precision Immunology Institute at Mount Sinai Health System are part of a $215 million public-private Cancer Moonshot research collaboration launched by the National Institutes of Health and 11 leading pharmaceutical companies. The 5-year initiative, called Partne...

Genomics/Genetics
Solid Tumors
Issues in Oncology
Breast Cancer

National Cancer Institute Awards $12 Million for Breast Cancer Genetics Study

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

A large study headed by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and two other institutions received $12 million in funding to examine why African American women seem to have more aggressive breast tumors and higher mortality rates from breast cancer than w...

Breast Cancer

NCCN Awards Nine Grants for Quality Improvement in Breast Cancer Care

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program in collaboration with Pfizer Global Medical Grants announced they have awarded funding to nine projects that use clinical care pathways to implement quality-improvement initiatives along the continuum of care for underserve...

Seattle Translational Tumor Research Presents Precision-Medicine Grant Winners

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

Five cross-disciplinary research groups involving scientists from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington School of Medicine, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance have received $100,000 in awards from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center–based Seattle Translational Tumor Resea...

Virginia Cancer Specialists and The US Oncology Network Welcome Stephanie Akbari, MD, FACS

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

Virginia Cancer Specialists, a practice within The US Oncology Network and a premier cancer care and research center in Northern Virginia with more than 40 years of service to patients, has announced that Stephanie Akbari, MD, FACS, has joined the practice. Dr. Akbari, the first dedicated brea...

Barbara Savoldo, MD, PhD, Awarded Grant for Immunotherapy Research

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher Barbara Savoldo, MD, PhD, has been awarded a $600,000, 3-year grant from to support research of an immunotherapy being developed. The grant will help fund clinical research into an investigational chimeric antigen re...

Hematologic Malignancies
Leukemia

Perlmutter Cancer Center Expands Clinical Leukemia Program

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

NYU Langone Health has announced that nationally renowned physician and researcher Raoul Tibes, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology at NYU School of Medicine, will lead efforts to expand the clinical and investigative leukemia programs at its Perlmutter Cancer Center...

Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, Named President of City of Hope National Medical Center

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2017

City of Hope announced that it has appointed Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, to a new executive leadership role as President of City of Hope National Medical Center and Physician-in-Chief. Dr. Caligiuri is a health-care visionary, renowned cancer researcher, and President of the American Association ...

Chemotherapy Foundation Honors Oncology Pioneer James F. Holland, MD, FASCO, and Actor-Comedian Martin Short

Jo Cavallo  / December 10, 2017

On November 8, 2017, the Chemotherapy Foundation held a benefit in New York City to raise funding to support an investigator in ovarian cancer research selected for the 2018 Research Grant Program. The event coincided with the 35th Annual Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium and honored oncology pionee...

NCCN Hits 1 Million Registered Users Accessing NCCN Guidelines® and Related Content

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has announced that its registration count has grown to more than 1 million users. By registering on the NCCN website, users are able to view and download all of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) free...

Stand Up To Cancer Launches ‘Cancer Interception’ Teams to Detect and Treat Cancer at Earliest Stages

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

Stand Up To Cancer, joined by the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, LUNGevity, and the American Lung Association, announced that four teams of top researchers will study lung and pancreatic cancers using a new approach of “cancer interception” at their earliest stages. “The...

New Head Named to Fred Hutch Cancer Prevention Program

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

On October 1, 2017, nutritional epidemiologist Marian Neuhouser, PhD, RD, became head of the Cancer Prevention Program in the Public Health Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch). She replaces Acting Program Head Johanna Lampe, PhD, RD, Associate Director o...

Huntsman Cancer Institute Names New Clinical Research Director

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has announced David Gaffney, MD, PhD, as Senior Director for Clinical Research. In this position, Dr. Gaffney will oversee Huntsman Cancer Institute’s clinical research efforts, which include more than 200 active clinical cancer trials a...

Johns Hopkins Researcher Awarded $300,000 to Investigate Genetics of Lung Cancer

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) announced they have awarded $300,000 in research funding to a Johns Hopkins University investigator studying the genetics of lung cancer. According to the organizations, J...

ACCC Honors Barbara L. McAneny, MD, FASCO, MACP, With Annual Achievement Award

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

In recognition of her work in value-based care, Barbara McAneny, MD, FASCO, MACP, was honored with the Annual Achievement Award of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). Her work in developing the grant-funded COME HOME oncology medical home initiative demonstrated reduced costs and imp...

Parker Institute, Dana-Farber Collaboration

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy announced that researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have joined its network. Dana-Farber brings a team of experts who will collaborate with Parker Institute investigators to enhance and expand research projects and clinical trials. Dana-Farber’s e...

Susan G. Komen Launches Crowdfunding Initiative to Support Metastatic Breast Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

Individuals and organizations looking to contribute to advancements in metastatic breast cancer research can now do so by participating in Susan G. Komen’s inaugural crowdfunding initiative. Through this initiative, donors have the opportunity to contribute directly to the pioneering work of f...

Solid Tumors
Lung Cancer

New Interdisciplinary Lung Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

The Perlmutter Cancer Center at New York University (NYU) Langone Health, a National Cancer Institute–designated center, has announced the creation of a new interdisciplinary center bringing together new and existing programs to study, diagnose, treat, and prevent the nation’s leading cancer: l...

NIH Partners With 11 Biopharmaceutical Companies on PACT Collaboration

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

On October 12, 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and 11 leading biopharmaceutical companies launched the Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT), a 5-year public-private research collaboration totaling $215 million as part of the Cancer Moonshot. PACT will initially focus on...

West Cancer Center Joins CancerLinQ® as Participating Practice

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

CANCERLINQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of ASCO, has announced that West Cancer Center in Tennessee has signed an agreement to participate in the CancerLinQ® platform.  “The CancerLinQ® rapid learning system continues to be enriched through the participation of remarkable cancer ca...

Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS, Named Visionary in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

ARIF KAMAL, MD, MBA, MHS, Associate Professor of Medicine and Business Administration and Physician Director of Quality at the Duke Cancer Institute, was recently named by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine as 1 of the 30 most influential leaders in hospice and palliative m...

Angela M. Stover, PhD, Presented With Inaugural Michael S. O’Malley Alumni Award

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

ANGELA M. STOVER, PhD, Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health, has won the 2017 Michael S. O’Malley Alumni Award for Publication in Excellence in Cancer Population Sciences. She was selected for her p...

Moffitt Researcher Awarded Grant to Study New Treatments for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

MOFFITT CANCER CENTER recently announced that Andriy Marusyk, PhD, was awarded a $450,000 research grant from Susan G. Komen. Dr. Marusyk is receiving 1 of 37 research grants looking into novel treatments for aggressive types of breast cancer. This year, Susan G. Komen is focusing on new treatm...

Leukemia

Novel Risk-Assessment Model for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

A RECENTLY PUBLISHED STUDY in JAMA Oncology, led by Mohamed Sorror, MD, MSc, and Elihu Estey, MD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch), involving five collaborating institutions, provides a novel model to predict 1-year survival rates of patients after beginning treat...

Stephanie Lee, MD, MPH, Elected ASH Vice President; Two Councillors Appointed to 4-Year Terms

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEMATOLOGY (ASH) has elected Stephanie Lee, MD, MPH, a member of the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch), as its Vice President. Dr. Lee will begin her 1-year term after the 2017 ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition in Decembe...

ASH Honors Benjamin L. Ebert, MD, PhD, With the 2017 William Dameshek Prize

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

THE AMERICAN Society of Hematology (ASH) will present the 2017 William Dameshek Prize to Benjamin L. Ebert, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for his seminal discoveries in multiple areas of nonmalignant and malignant hematology. ...

ASH Honors Josef T. Prchal, MD, and Sherrill J. Slichter, MD, With 2017 Henry M. Stratton Medal

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY of Hematology (ASH) will recognize Josef T. Prchal, MD, of the University of Utah, and Sherrill J. Slichter, MD, of Bloodworks Northwest and the University of Washington, with the 2017 Henry M. Stratton Medal for their seminal contributions in the areas of basic and cl...

Luigi Naldini, MD, PhD, and Marina Cavazzana, MD, PhD, to Present 2017 ASH Ernest Beutler Lecture

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEMATOLOGY (ASH) will honor Luigi Naldini, MD, PhD, of the San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy in Milan, and Marina Cavazzana, MD, PhD, of Paris Descartes University, Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, and Imagine Institute of Genetic Diseases, AP-HP, Ins...

CNS Cancers

Gene Therapy Shows Early Efficacy Against Recurrent Brain Cancer

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

MORE THAN A QUARTER of patients with recurrent high-grade glioma treated with the retroviral vector Toca 511 and the prodrug of the chemotherapy fluorouracil (5-FU), Toca FC, were alive more than 3 years after treatment, according to data from a subset of patients in a phase I clinica...

James R. Downing, MD, to Present the 2017 ASH E. Donnall Thomas Lecture

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will honor James R. Downing, MD, of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with the 2017 E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize for his discoveries related to the hematopathology and molecular biology of childhood leukemia. This lectureship and prize is na...

First ESMO Award for Immuno-Oncology Presented to Laurence Zitvogel, MD, PhD

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2017  / 2017 ESMO Congress

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has granted the newly established ESMO Award for Immuno-Oncology to Laurence Zitvogel, MD, PhD, for her innovating and internationally recognized achievements in the field. Dr. Zitvogel is Professor of Immunobiology at the University of Paris XI...

Norman E. Sharpless, MD, Sworn in as Director of the National Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2017

Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, MD, took the oath of office late Tuesday, October 17, 2017, to become the 15th Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He succeeds Harold E. Varmus, MD, who stepped down as Director in March 2015. Douglas R. Lo...

National Academy of Medicine Elects 80 New Members

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2017

THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDICINE announced the election of 70 regular members and 10 international members during its annual meeting in October. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outst...

New Editor-in-Chief Named to Annals of Surgical Oncology

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2017

THE SOCIETY OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY has announced Kelly M. McMasters, MD, PhD, will assume the role of Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Surgical Oncology, effective March 2018. Dr. McMasters will oversee the print and online editions of the journal and, with Mark Roh, MD, Executive Editor, will lead t...

UCLA Researchers Awarded $1M Grant to Advance Prostate Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA at Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers Johannes Czernin, MD, and Caius Radu, MD, have been awarded a 2017 Challenge Award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation to fund their preclinical studies and clinical trials testing the efficacy of 177-Lu-PSMA-617, a novel radiation-emitting ...

Fox Chase Cancer Center Receives Historic Gift to Establish Pancreatic Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2017

PHILADELPHIA PHILANTHROPIST Concetta “Chet” Greenberg has made a transformational gift to create The Marvin and Concetta Greenberg Pancreatic Cancer Institute at Fox Chase Cancer Center. This multimillion-dollar commitment will significantly accelerate the pace of pancreatic cancer research, and its...

Two Individuals Recognized With NCCS Ellen L. Stovall Award

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2017

THE NATIONAL COALITION FOR CANCER SURVIVORSHIP (NCCS) presented its second annual Ellen L. Stovall Award for Innovation in Patient-Centered Cancer Care recently in Washington, DC. This year’s award recipients were Pat Coyne, MSN, of the Medical University of South Carolina, and Meg Gaines, JD, of th...

National Cancer Institute Awards Dr. Ruth Etzioni 5-Year Grant to Fill Gaps in Cancer-Recurrence Data

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2017

RUTH ETZIONI, PhD, a Biostatistician at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Public Health Sciences Division, has received a 5–year National Institutes of Health grant to advance the science of cancer surveillance by developing, validating, and deploying a scalable and automated approach fo...

New Cancer Care Collaboration Brings Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Care to Norwalk Hospital

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2017

NORWALK HOSPITAL and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) announced a new cancer care collaboration that will integrate MSK medical and radiation oncologists and care practices with the existing cancer program at the C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital.  For th...

Gerold Bepler, MD, PhD, Elected to Association of American Cancer Institute’s Board of Directors

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2017

GEROLD BEPLER, MD, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, has been elected to serve a 3-year term on the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) Board of Directors. AACI comprises 97 leading cancer research centers in North America and ...

ASTRO Names Recipients of Junior Faculty, Resident/Fellow Awards at Annual Meeting

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2017

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR RADIATION ONCOLOGY (ASTRO) has awarded $275,000 in research awards to four early-career scientists as part of the Society’s efforts to retain and foster the intellectual research talent currently entering the field of radiation oncology. For 2017, the Research Grants committ...

ASCO Chief Medical Officer Scheduled to Speak at ECRI Annual Conference

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2017

ASCO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT and Chief Medical Officer, Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO, FSCT, will participate in a panel discussion at the ECRI Annual Conference "Workflow, Workarounds, and Overworked Health Systems: Innovations and Challenges for Quality, Safety, and Technology," on  Nove...

ASCO Recognizes New Jersey Representative Leonard Lance With Congressional Leadership Award

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2017

ASCO HAS PRESENTED Representative Leonard Lance, of New Jersey’s 7th district, with its second annual Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of the lawmaker’s exceptional commitment to supporting cancer research and treatment. ASCO President Dr. Bruce Johnson presented the award to Repre...

Patient-Physician Communication and Quality of Life Featured at 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2017

NEW RESEARCH examining patient-physician communication, yoga as supportive care, and psychosocial support for people with cancer will be featured at the 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium on October 27–28, 2017, in San Diego. Featured sessions include randomized trials on pati...

Stand Up To Cancer Catalyst Launches 10 Clinical Trial Projects

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2017

Stand Up To Cancer has awarded 10 Stand Up To Cancer Catalyst clinical trial projects in which researchers from more than 30 institutions collaborate across academic and corporate borders on clinical trials studying correlated translational research. The inaugural Stand Up To Cancer Catalyst project...

Magee-Womens Research Institute Announces 2018 Women’s Health Award

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2017

To advance ongoing and innovative research in women’s health, a $1 million prize will be awarded to a team of top scientists at the inaugural 9-90 Research Summit, which will take place October 8–10, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The international summit will bring together the world’s leading wome...

Four Pitt Researchers Receive American Cancer Society Grants

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2017

Four cancer researchers from the University of Pittsburgh will share $882,000 in grants recently awarded by the American Cancer Society (ACS) as part of a $45 million funding program. Sarah M. Belcher, BSN, of Pitt’s Department of Health and Community Systems, will further her research on patients ...

23 ASTRO Members Awarded Fellows Designation

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2017

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has selected 23 distinguished members to receive the ASTRO Fellow designation. The 2017 class of Fellows was recognized during the Awards Ceremony at ASTRO’s 59th Annual Meeting, which was held September 24–27 in San Diego. The Fellows Program, st...

Howard A. Fine, MD, Wins NIH Director’s Pioneer Award

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2017

Neuro-oncologist Howard A. Fine, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, will receive a 5-year, $6 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award for brain cancer research. The award will support Dr. Fine’s approach to modeling deadly brain cancers in the l...

Issues in Oncology

Julie R. Palmer, ScD, Honored With 2017 AACR Distinguished Lecture on Cancer Health Disparities

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2017

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) awarded Julie R. Palmer, ScD, the AACR Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, funded by Susan G. Komen. Dr. Palmer was recognized for her work as a cancer epidemiologist who has devoted most of her career to investi...

Edward E. Partridge, MD, Named Chief Medical Officer of Guideway Care

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2017

Edward E. Partridge, MD, has been named Chief Medical Officer of the Birmingham, Alabama–based Guideway Care, according to an announcement by Craig Parker, the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Partridge, a gynecologic oncologist, is highly regarded for his work to improve a...

Moffitt Cancer Center Holds Leadership Series in New York

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2017

Moffitt Cancer Center has made a lasting commitment to the prevention and cure of cancer, working fervently in the areas of patient care, research, and education to advance further in fighting this disease, according to Alan F. List, MD, Moffitt’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. List, alo...

AMA Awards Research Grants to Advance the Study of Women in Medicine

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2017

THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (AMA) recognizes influential female physician leaders as part of Women in Medicine Month each September. To showcase the accomplishments of these leaders, the AMA Women Physicians Section and the AMA Foundation recently announced the winners of the 201...

Dana-Farber Opens New Facility for Integrative Therapies

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2017

DANA-FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE has announced the opening of the new Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living.  Increasing data have indicated that integrative therapies can help alleviate the side effects of cancer therapy. The Zakim Center, as it is commonly referred to, ...

Endocrine Society Names V. Craig Jordan, OBE, PhD, 2018 Laureate

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2017

V. Craig Jordan, OBE, PhD, has been recognized by the Endocrine Society as the 2018 Laureate of the Gerald D. Aurbach Award for Outstanding Translational Research. Dr. Jordan is the Dallas/Fort Worth Living Legend Chair of Cancer Research in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology at The Univ...

National Committee for Quality Assurance Recognizes Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2017

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center of the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia has announced the receipt of two accolades by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Jefferson Oncology Medical Associates has been recognized by the NCQA for patient-centered specialty practice (PCSP) a...

Issues in Oncology

Biden Cancer Initiative: Accelerating Progress in Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2017

Earlier this year, at the Alexandria Center for Life Science, former Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden, PhD, launched the Biden Cancer Initiative, their new venture to continue the fight to make progress in cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and care. The Biden Cancer Initiati...

Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, FRCOG, FACOG, Named to NIH Immunology Grant Review Board

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2017

KUNLE ODUNSI, MD, PHD, FRCOG, FACOG, Deputy Director of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, has been appointed to the Transplantation, Tolerance, and Tumor (TTT) Immunology Study Section within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review. The TTT section is the panel of peer...

Gary Kohanbash, PhD, Receives Grant From St. Baldrick’s Foundation

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2017

GARY KOHANBASH, PhD, a neuro-oncology researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, has been awarded a scholar grant of $298,000 from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer r...

AMA Applauds Surgeon General Nominee

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2017

DAVID O. BARBE, MD, President of the American Medical Association (AMA), issued the following statement:  "The American Medical Association strongly supports the nomination of Jerome Adams, MD, to become the next Surgeon General of the United States. As Indiana State Health Commissioner, Dr. A...

Prostate Cancer

Weill Cornell Medicine Awarded $11.3 Million Grant for Prostate Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2017

Weill Cornell Medicine has been awarded a 5-year, $11.3 million Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to improve the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of prostate cancer. Established in 1992, SPORE grants serve as the cor...

Douglas R. Lowy, MD, and John T. Schiller, PhD, Receive 2017 Lasker Award

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2017

Two scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) received the 2017 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for their significant research leading to the development of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines. The award is the country’s most prestigious biomedical research prize and was ...

Fox Chase Cancer Center Announces New Faculty, Appointments

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2017

Under the direction of Martin J. Edelman, MD, Chair, Department of Hematology/Oncology, who joined Fox Chase Cancer Center earlier this year, the department has been reorganized into four sections: Hematologic Malignancies, Solid Tumor Oncology, General Hematology/Oncology, and Fox Chase at Temple U...

ACS Awards Grants to Reduce Colorectal Cancer Disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2017

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has awarded $100,000 in grants to five community health centers across the country to reduce colon cancer disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native populations through the Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (C...

WISDOM Study to Test Personalized Approach to Breast Cancer Screening

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2017

MANY health-care experts disagree about when screening mammography is appropriate and for whom. That’s what Women Informed to Screen Depending on Measures of Risk (WISDOM) seeks to remedy. The University of California (UC) Health study aims to uncover whether annual mammograms really are the best wa...

NCI-COG Pediatric MATCH Trial to Test Targeted Drugs in Childhood Cancers

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2017

Investigators at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) have announced the opening of enrollment for a unique precision medicine clinical trial. NCI-COG Pediatric Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice (Pediatric MATCH) is a nationwide trial to explore whether tar...

ASH Honors Marshall A. Lichtman, MD, With Lifetime Achievement in Hematology Award

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2017

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will recognize Marshall A. Lichtman, MD, of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, with the 2017 Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology. Dr. Lichtman will be honored for his notable service to the field of ...

Award for Early Career Scientists in New York: Applications Open October 2, 2017

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2017

The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance (PSSCRA) will open for applications for its 2018 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators on October 2, 2017. At least six New York City area–based scientists will each be awarded $200,000/year—for up to 3 years—to enable them to pursue g...

Peter W.T. Pisters, MD, MHCM, Named Sole Finalist in Search for President, MD Anderson

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2017

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has selected Peter W.T. Pisters, MD, MHCM, as sole finalist for the position of President at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  The regents voted unanimously to select Dr. Pisters at a special board meeting on Friday, ...

Pediatric Cancer Research Collective Awarded Millions by NIH

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2017

A public-private research collective was awarded up to $14.8 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to launch a data resource center for cancer researchers around the world to accelerate the discovery of novel treatments for childhood tumors. Contingent on available funds, 5 years of f...

Edith Peterson Mitchell, MD, Awarded ASTRO Honorary Membership

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2017

Edith Peterson Mitchell, MD, a leading researcher, medical oncologist, and proponent of combined-modality treatment, has been chosen as the 2017 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Honorary Member. Dr. Mitchell will receive this award—which is the highest honor ASTRO awards to disti...

Prostate Cancer

Nicholas G. Nickols, MD, PhD, Awarded Grant to Identify Drivers of Prostate Cancer Metastasis

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2017

Nicholas G. Nickols, MD, PhD, an attending physician at the West Los Angeles Veteran Affairs Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 VALOR Young Investigator Award by the Prostate Cancer Foundatio...

Solid Tumors
Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Foundation Announces 2017 Young Investigator Awards Recipients

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2017

The Prostate Cancer Foundation has announced its 2017 Young Investigator (YI) Awards, which support early-career scientists who are focused on accelerating the delivery of life-extending and life-saving therapies for patients living with prostate cancer. The YI Awards provide 3 years of funding—a...

Fred Hutch Launches Pathogen-Associated Malignancies Integrated Research Center

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2017

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) is launching a new integrated research center to prevent and find cures for cancers caused by infectious agents. It will be led by Denise Galloway, PhD, a Fred Hutch microbiologist whose research paved the way for the human papillomavirus...

Global Cancer Institute Launches New Patient Navigation Program to Accelerate Treatment for Patients in Brazil

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2017

GLOBAL CANCER INSTITUTE (GCI), focused on survival and quality of underserved patients with cancer worldwide, has announced it is launching a new Patient Navigation Program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The program went live in early August 2017 and is intended to help promote adherence to Brazil’s Law...

ASTRO Welcomes New Officers to Board of Directors

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2017

THE MEMBERS of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) have elected three new officers to ASTRO’s Board of Directors and three members to serve on the medical society’s Nominating Committee. The newly elected President-Elect, Health Policy Council Vice-Chair, Science Council Vice-Chair, ...

First Universal Childhood Cancer Data Lab Opens

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2017

ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND FOUNDATION (ALSF) has announced the opening of the first-of-its-kind Childhood Cancer Data Lab (CCDL) with the mission of accelerating cures. ALSF first announced the CCDL at the National Cancer Moonshot Summit in Washington, DC, hosted by former Vice President J...

Team Aims to Apply CAR T-Cell Therapy to Pancreatic Cancer

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2017

STAND UP TO CANCER (SU2C) and Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research are supporting a new translational research team to explore how chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy can be applied to pancreatic cancer. The approach uses specially modified immune cells to f...

Patricia Ganz, MD, Appointed Editor-in-Chief of JNCI

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2017

ON JULY 1, Patricia Ganz, MD, assumed editorial leadership of JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute. As Editor-in-Chief, she is also responsible for JNCI Monographs.  Dr. Ganz is Director of Cancer Prevention & Control Research at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)’s ...

Carlos L. Arteaga, MD, Named Director of UT Southwestern Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2017

CARLOS L. ARTEAGA, MD, has been named Director of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and Associate Dean of Oncology Programs at The UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.  Roles and Research at Vanderbilt  DR. ARTEAGA IS CURRENTLY Director of the Center for Cancer Targeted T...

Theodoros N. Teknos, MD, Named President and Scientific Officer of UH Seidman Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2017

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS (UH) has announced the appointment of Theodoros N. Teknos, MD, as the new President and Scientific Officer of UH Seidman Cancer Center, effective October 1. He will take over from current UH Seidman President Nathan Levitan, MD, who has been in the position since 2008 and a...

Lung Cancer

Osimertinib for EGFR-Positive NSCLC: The Phase III FLAURA Trial

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2017

RECENTLY ANNOUNCED DATA from the phase III FLAURA trial showed a statistically significant and clinically meaningful progression-free survival benefit with osimertinib (Tagrisso) compared to current first-line standard-of-care treatment (erlotinib [Tarceva] or gefitinib [Iressa]) in previously untre...

Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD, Appointed Professor at the Wistar Institute

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2017

THE WISTAR INSTITUTE has announced the appointment of scientist, medical oncologist, and National Academy of Medicine member Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD, as Professor.  Dr. Dang, the Scientific Director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in New York, shapes scientific strategy at Ludwig, as...

Claire Verschraegen, MD, Joins OSUCCC–James

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2017

Claire Verschraegen, MD, has been appointed Director of the Division of Medical Oncology and Associate Director of the Translational Research Program at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center–Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James)....

Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, Named Director of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2017

Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, an expert in immunotherapy and a specialist in head and neck cancer, has been named Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hillman Cancer Center. His appointment was effective July 1. Dr. Ferris, a 15-year veteran of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Ce...

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Created at Fox Chase Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2017

The Pain & Palliative Care Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center is offering a new Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship in partnership with the Hospice of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia and Temple University Hospital. The 1-year program is approved by the Accredit...

Reuben Shaw, PhD, Receives NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2017

Salk Institute for Biological Studies Professor Reuben Shaw, PhD, has received the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Outstanding Investigator Award, which encourages cancer research with breakthrough potential. Dr. Shaw, a member of Salk’s Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory and holder of the W...

Syed Abutalib, MD, Appointed to Education Committee for ASBMT

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2017

THE CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA issued congratulations to Syed Abutalib, MD, in July for being appointed to the Education Committee for the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT). Dr. Abutalib is Assistant Director, Stem Cell Transplant & Cell Therapy Program ...

Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium Receives $17 Million NCI Grant

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2017

INVESTIGATORS AT Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) have received a $17 million program project grant renewal from the National Cancer Institute to study the effectiveness of different breast cancer screening and surveillance strategies using digital mammography, digital breast tomosy...

Fox Chase Announces New Immunotherapy Trial in Breast Cancer

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2017

PATIENTS WITH SOME TYPES of breast cancer will have a new clinical trial option at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Medical oncologists Lori Goldstein, MD, and Elias Obeid, MD, MPH, are opening a phase II immunotherapy clinical trial for newly diagnosed, locally recurrent, or metastatic HER2-overexpressing ...

Sai Yendamuri, MD, FACS, Receives 2017 Brompton Prize

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2017

SAI YENDAMURI, MD, FACS, Chair of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, received the prestigious Brompton Prize at a recent international gathering of thoracic surgeons. The award, given by the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons, is for the year’s best thoracic...

NYU Perlmutter Creates New Pancreatic Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2017

PERLMUTTER CANCER CENTER at NYU Langone has announced the creation of a multidisciplinary center of excellence to develop innovative approaches to diagnose, treat, and prevent pancreatic cancer. The new Pancreatic Cancer Center brings together laboratory researchers, surgeons, oncologists, gene...

Steven D. Leach, MD, Named Director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2017

Physician and scientist Steven D. Leach, MD, has been selected as the new Director of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC). As the leader of northern New England’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center, Dr. Leach will oversee a program that combines advan...

Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, Appointed CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2017

On July 7, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, MD, named Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, as the 17th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). “I am extremely proud and excited to announ...

NETRF Commits $4 Million for Neuroendocrine Tumor Research

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2017

The Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) has announced its largest research commitment ever—$4 million in collaborative grants—most from its new Accelerator Grants program to study neuroendocrine tumors, a widely misunderstood, commonly misdiagnosed cancer type without adequate...

Two San Diego Nonprofits to Receive 2017 ASTRO Survivor Circle Grants

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2017

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) will award its annual Survivor Circle grants to two San Diego–based cancer support charities: Cancer Angels of San Diego and The Seany Foundation. Each organization will receive an $8,500 grant to support its programs for those who have been affect...

Julian Schink, MD, Named Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2017

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) has named Julian Schink, MD, as Chief of Gynecologic Oncology. He will also serve as Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Medical Oncology at CTCA at the Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Illinois. A nationally renowned, Board-certif...

Roswell Park Graduate Student Honored by National Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2017

Roswell Park Cancer Institute graduate student Danielle Twum has received the prestigious Emerging Scholars Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), who recognized her among the distinguished alumni of its Continuing Umbrella for Research Excellence (CURE) programs. The CURE programs are...

ASH Selects 11 Fellows for Research Award in Academic Hematology

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2017

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) announced the names of 11 outstanding fellows selected to receive the 2017 ASH Research Training Award for Fellows, a year-long program that aims to encourage careers in academic hematology by providing protected research time during training. Each awardee wi...

Solange Peters, MD, PhD, Elected 2020–2021 ESMO President

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2017

THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has announced that the President of the Society for the 2020–2021 term will be Solange Peters, MD, PhD, Head of the Medical Oncology Service and Chair of Thoracic Oncology, Oncology Department at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois in La...

Khurshid Guru, MD, Named Chair of Urology at Roswell Park

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2017

KHURSHID GURU, MD, an acclaimed robotic surgeon, has been named Chair of the Department of Urology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr. Guru, who was recruited to Roswell Park in 2005 to direct the Institute’s robotic surgery program, will lead a team of more than 50 faculty members, clinician...

Mike Heller, PhD, Joins OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2017

THE OREGON Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute announced that bioengineering and technology expert Mike Heller, PhD, will join the Institute’s Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center (CEDAR) to lead its technology efforts. A leader with more than 53 issued pat...

2017 ASTRO Gold Medalists Named

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2017

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR RADIATION ONCOLOGY (ASTRO) has announced the 2017 ASTRO Gold Medalists. Søren M. Bentzen, DSc, PhD; Louis B. Harrison, MD, FASTRO; and Michael L. Steinberg, MD, FASTRO, have been awarded the annual honor given to ASTRO members who have made outstanding lifetime contributions...

Huntsman Unveils New Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2017

On June 21, 2017, the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah announced the official opening of its Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center, a world-class facility dedicated to advancing research in cancer. Jon M. Huntsman also announced a commitment from ...

Edus H. Warren, MD, PhD, Named Leader of Fred Hutch Global Oncology Program

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2017

Immunotherapy researcher and oncologist Edus H. Warren, MD, PhD, has been selected to lead the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) program in Global Oncology in its effort to transform cancer care in sub-Saharan Africa, China, and other regions by providing greater access to the...

Gideon M. Blumenthal, MD, Appointed OHOP Acting Deputy Office Director

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2017

Richard Pazdur, MD, Director of the Oncology Center of Excellence and Office of Hematology and Oncology Products (OHOP) Acting Director, has announced the appointment of Gideon M. Blumenthal, MD, as Acting Deputy Office Director of the OHOP at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dr. B...

NewYork-Presbyterian Establishes William Rhodes and Louise Tilzer-Rhodes Center for Glioblastoma

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2017

NewYork-Presbyterian has established the William Rhodes and Louise Tilzer-Rhodes Center for Glioblastoma. Launched with an initial $5 million gift from William Rhodes, the new state-of-the-art program conducts groundbreaking research and provides cutting-edge treatments for glioblastoma and other de...

Leukemia

Phase III CASCADE Trial of Vadastuximab Talirine in Front-Line AML Discontinued

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2017

On June 22, 2017, Seattle Genetics confirmed it discontinued the phase III CASCADE clinical trial of vadastuximab talirine (SGN-CD33A) in front-line older acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients. Patient enrollment and treatment in all of its vadastuximab talirine clinical trials are suspended, includ...

Pancreatic Cancer

WCHN Launches Trial to Screen Newly Diagnosed Patients With Diabetes for Early-Stage Pancreatic Cancer

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2017

Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) has announced the launch of a 3-year research study that will investigate the link between new-onset diabetes and pancreatic cancer. The main goal of the study is to detect the often lethal cancer at a curable stage. The study was developed by a team o...

Angela Alistar, MD, Joins Atlantic Health System Cancer Care

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2017

Gastrointestinal cancer researcher Angela Alistar, MD, has joined Atlantic Health System Cancer Care as Medical Director of GI Medical Oncology at Morristown Medical Center. Dr. Alistar is a board-certified medical oncologist who specializes in translational research. She comes to Atlantic Hea...

Missak Haigentz, MD, Joins Atlantic Health System Cancer Care

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2017

Head and neck and lung cancer researcher Missak Haigentz, MD, has joined Atlantic Health System Cancer Care as Chief of Hematology and Oncology at Morristown Medical Center and Medical Director of Atlantic Hematology and Oncology for Atlantic Medical Group at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center. D...

Oncologist Barbara L. McAneny, MD, FASCO, MACP, Elected AMA President-Elect

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2017

Physicians gathered at the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) elected Barbara L. McAneny, MD, FASCO, MACP, an oncologist from Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the new President-Elect of the physicians’ organization. Following a year-long term as President-Elect, Dr. McAneny wil...

ASCO Statement: Norman Sharpless, MD, Brings Proven Scientific Leadership to the National Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2017

On June 12, ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, released the following statement: ASCO congratulates Norman “Ned” Sharpless, MD, on his appointment as Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). ASCO is encouraged that NCI will have at its helm an accomplished researcher with expe...

ASCO Applauds NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, for Remaining in Critical Leadership Position

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2017

ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, released the following statement on June 8: ASCO congratulates Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, on the announcement of his continued service as the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A renowned researcher and skilled administrator, Dr. ...

Jeffrey L. Molter Joins NYU Langone as Director of Cancer Center Communication

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2017

Jeffrey L. Molter has joined NYU Langone Medical Center in a newly created position of Director of Cancer Center Communications of its Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center.  Mr. Molter comes to Perlmutter Cancer Center after serving for the past 4 years as Director of Media and Public Rela...

Issues in Oncology

IASLC Endorses Tobacco Reform Report

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2017

The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) has endorsed a report that outlines key action items to be taken immediately to accelerate progress toward ending cigarette smoking in adults.1  Issuing its Executive Summary Report, the Core Team for Tobacco Control and Smokin...

Sidney Kimmel Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2017

SIDNEY KIMMEL, leading cancer philanthropist, has been elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest societies and independent policy research centers. Mr. Kimmel is among 228 newly elected members of the Academy and 1 of 8 corporate and philanthropic lead...

Learn How to Implement a Biopsychosocial Screening Training Program

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2017

A NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE (NCI)-funded training program in distress screening is being offered at no cost for competitively selected trainees in September 2017 at City of Hope, Duarte, California.  Oncologists and other health-care professionals who are interested in learning how to successfully ...

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, Selected for Drexel 100

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2017

DREXEL UNIVERSITY has recognized the Chief Executive Officer of ASCO, Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, as a Drexel 100 member.  Created in 1992 to celebrate Drexel’s centennial, inductees to the Drexel 100 are university alums celebrated for their significant contributions to their respecti...

National Cancer Institute Awards Fred Hutch $24 Million for Contact Center

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2017

THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE (NCI) has awarded $24 million to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) to continue operating the NCI’s primary public access point for cancer information in both English and Spanish. With the new contract, the Contact Center will emphasize c...

Seattle Children’s Clinical Trial on Molecular Diagnostics Opens for Pediatric Patients

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2017

IN AN EFFORT to find new strategies to personalize treatment for pediatric patients, Seattle Children’s Hospital has opened the first clinical trial applying next-generation T-cell receptor (TCR) sequencing and single-cell gene expression analysis to better understand how the immune system drives bo...

CancerCare Releases Research on Patient Values Initiative

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2017

MANY FACTORS can influence treatment decisions patients make concerning their cancer care. These include safety, efficacy, and cost, among other concerns. Recently, CancerCare, a national organization dedicated to providing assistance at no cost to anyone affected by cancer, established the “CancerC...

Brian Wolpin, MD, MPH, Named Director of Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2017

Brian Wolpin, MD, MPH, has been named the new Director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Wolpin is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and was appointed earlier this year as the Robert T. and Judith B. Hale Chair in Pancreatic Canc...

Brian Marr, MD, Joins Division of Ophthalmic Oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2017

Brian Marr, MD, has joined the Department of Ophthalmology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center as Director of the Division of Ophthalmic Oncology. He will also serve as Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center. With Dr. Marr’s arrival, NewYork-Pre...

WHO to Begin Pilot Prequalification of Biosimilars for Cancer Treatment

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2017

This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) will launch a pilot project for prequalifying biosimilar medicines, a step toward making some of the most expensive treatments for cancer more widely available in low- and middle-income countries. The decision comes after a 2-day meeting in Geneva among...

Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, Joins NYU Langone, Perlmutter Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2017

Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, joined New York University (NYU) Langone on June 1 as Chief of Clinical Thoracic Surgery. He also will become the first Director of the Lung Cancer Center at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center. Dr. Cerfolio currently serves at the University of Alabama (UAB) Hospita...

Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Dedicated at UNMC

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2017

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and its clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, has officially dedicated the new Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha. Joe Biden, the former two-term Vice President who headed a national Cancer Moonshot Task Force, served as keynote speaker a...

Survivorship

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s ‘Visible Ink’ Writing Program Gives Voice to the Experiences of Cancer Survivors

Jo Cavallo  / June 10, 2017

On April 3, 2017, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York celebrated its ninth year of live performances of the cancer experience written by survivors participating in the center’s Visible Ink writing program. The evening’s performances were the culmination of mont...

Narratives in Oncology

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

Keith Witmer received his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Otis/Parsons School of Design. He subsequently launched his career in advertising and publication with a commanding presence, initially using pen and ink and scratchboard mediums. Working with clients such as FedEx, pple Computer, He...

ASCO Presidents Through the Years

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

2016–2017 Daniel Hayes, MD 2015–2016 Julie Vose, MD, MBA 2014–2015 Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP 2013–2014 Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP 2012–2013 Sandra M. Swain, MD 2011–2012 Michael P. Link, MD 2010–2011 George W. Sledge, Jr, MD 2009–2010 Douglas W. Blayney, M...

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Laureates in Oncology

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to many individuals whose research directly impacted the understanding of cancer: In 2008 to Harald zur Hausen, for his discovery of human papillomavirus causing cervical cancer In 2005 to J. Robin Warren and Barry J. Marshall, for their...

Daniel Von Hoff, MD, FACP, Receives Gold Medal From Columbia University

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

Daniel Von Hoff, MD, FACP—Distinguished Professor, Physician-in-Chief, and Director of Molecular Medicine at the Translational Genomics Research Institute—received a gold medal for excellence in clinical medicine from his alma mater, Columbia University. Columbia University College of Physician...

ASCO 2017 Presents Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

First presented in 2016 by the Conquer Cancer Foundation, the Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award honors extraordinary female leaders in oncology who have both excelled as mentors and demonstrated outstanding commitment to the professional development of women colleagues as clinicians, educato...

Robert Vonderheide, MD, DPhil, Named Director of Abramson Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

Robert Vonderheide, MD, DPhil, has been named the new Director of the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Hanna Wise Professor in Cancer Research at the Perelman School of Medicine and currently serves as the ACC’s Associate Director for Translational Resea...

Special Awards and Lectures Presented During 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

Recipients of ASCO’s Notable Awards and Lectures are individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the research and treatment of patients with cancer. These individuals were honored during several special sessions held during ASCO’s 53rd Annual Meeting, where more than 30,000 physicians, ...

Radiation Oncologist Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASCO, FASTRO, Enjoys Balancing Administrative and Clinical Roles

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASCO, FASTRO, grew up in Washington, DC, and moved with her family to Philadelphia while in high school. She still considers the fast-paced DC–Philadelphia corridor her home, but her passion for a career in medicine, in part, took seed in a small town located in North Carol...

Susan G. Komen Names Eight Advisors to Guide Breast Cancer Research Program

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

Susan G. Komen announced new advisory roles for eight leaders in breast cancer who will guide the organization’s education and advocacy work, public health efforts, and help direct Komen’s $920 million research program. On April 1, Jennifer A. Pietenpol, PhD, of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, bec...

Scott Gottlieb, MD, Receives Confirmation as FDA Commissioner

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

Statement by 2016–2017 ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO: “The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates Scott Gottlieb, MD, on his confirmation as Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). With more than 1.7 million new cancer diagnoses made i...

SU2C Awards Innovative Research Grants in Immuno-oncology to 10 Early-Career Scientists

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) has announced the award of $7.5 million in Innovative Research Grants focused on immuno-oncology to 10 early-career scientists, in a program funded by a grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS), an SU2C Visionary Supporter. These awards were announced at the 2017 Annua...

Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Awards Celebrate Innovation and Diversity

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO (CCF) is proud to recognize the recipients of its 2017 CCF Merit Awards and its Diversity Awards, which include the Medical Student Rotation Award for Underrepresented Populations and the Resident Travel Award for Underrepresented Populations. Geared toward supp...

AACR Honors Mina J. Bissell, PhD, FAACR, With Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recognized Mina J. Bissell, PhD, FAACR, with the 14th AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research during the 2017 AACR Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research was established in ...

2017 Fellows of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO)

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

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, the individuals at risk for, or with cancer...

Survivorship

Celebrating Cancer Survivorship

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

Sunday, June 4, 2017, marks the 30th anniversary of National Cancer Survivors Day. Here’s a look at the progress that has been made over the past 2 to 3 decades in reducing cancer incidence and cancer deaths and the challenges that remain. Increasing Rates of Cancer Survivorship In 1971, the num...

Marie Bleakley, MD, PhD, Receives Research Grant in Immuno-oncology From Stand Up To Cancer

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

Marie Bleakley, MD, PhD, a pediatric oncology physician-scientist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch), has received a 2017 Innovative Research Grant in immuno-oncology from Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). Dr. Bleakley will use the 3-year, $750,000 award to develop T-cell...

Rafal Dziadziuszko, MD, PhD, Receives 2017 Heine H. Hansen Award

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) awarded the 2017 Heine H. Hansen Award to Rafal Dziadziuszko, MD, PhD, at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) 2017, which was held May 5–8 in Geneva, Switzerland. The ...

Two Faculty Members From Johns Hopkins Elected to National Academy of Sciences

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

Johns Hopkins University faculty members Stephen B. Baylin, MD, and Robert F. Siliciano, MD, PhD, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.” They are among 84 new members and 21 foreign ass...

JNCCN 360, the Source for Tumor-Specific News and Treatment Updates, Available Now

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

Launched during the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) 22nd Annual Conference: Improving the Quality, Effectiveness, and Efficiency of Cancer Care™, JNCCN360.org is the latest resource from the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (JNCCN). Currently available for breast a...

Ronald P. DeMatteo, MD, FACS, Named Chair of the Department of Surgery at Penn Medicine

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

Ronald P. DeMatteo, MD, FACS, has been named Chair of the Department of Surgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He will assume his new post July 1, 2017, and will lead a department that includes 130 faculty across 11 divisions who provide advanced patient c...

New Partnership Seeks to Raise Skin Cancer Awareness

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

The Skin Cancer Foundation recently announced a partnership with Amazon. The relationship is designed to demonstrate a shared commitment to raising awareness of the world’s most common cancer, now occurring at epidemic levels. Throughout 2017, The Skin Cancer Foundation and Amazon will work togethe...

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

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 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® pla...

Texas Medical Center Names William F. McKeon President and CEO

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed ­William F. McKeon as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and member of the Board of Directors. Mr. McKeon previously held the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Operating Office...

ASPO Honors Kurt Ribisl, PhD, With Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

The American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) has named Kurt Ribisl, PhD, the recipient of the 2017 Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award. ASPO presented the honor at its Annual Meeting in Seattle. In addition to receiving the award, Dr. Ribisl presented a talk on finding a solution for tobacco-...

Head and Neck Cancer

European Commission Approves Nivolumab for Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Progressing After Platinum Therapy

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

On April 28, 2017, the European Commission approved nivolumab (Opdivo) as monotherapy for the treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) in adults with disease progression on or after platinum-based therapy. Nivolumab is the first and only immuno-oncology treatment that h...

SU2C Names Top Researchers to $12 Million Dream Team on Colorectal Cancer

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) announced the formation of a “Dream Team” of top researchers to take on one of the toughest challenges in cancer research and treatment: colorectal cancer, which is expected to claim the lives of more than 50,000 Americans this year. The announcement was made at a special e...

Henry Ford Cancer Institute Appoints Spencer C. Hoover, Vice President, Executive Director

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

Spencer C. Hoover, a decorated U.S. Army veteran who joined Henry Ford Health System in 2015, was appointed Vice President and Executive Director of the health system’s Henry Ford Cancer Institute and cancer care services. Mr. Hoover had previously served as Vice President of Planning and Busin...

New Chief of CHOP’s Cellular Therapy and Transplant Section

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

A leading pediatric oncologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Stephan Grupp, MD, PhD, was named Chief of the Section of Cellular Therapy and Transplant in the Hospital’s Division of Oncology. Dr. Grupp, who has researched and led groundbreaking clinical trials of an innovative T...

Pharmaceutical Companies Collaborate in NCCN Oncology Research Program

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program (ORP) has funded three studies in its first multi-­industry collaborative research project, in which Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Company are collaborating with NCCN to study combination therapeuti...

Daniel W. Kulp, PhD, Joins The Wistar Institute in the Vaccine Center

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

The Wistar Institute has announced the appointment of Daniel W. Kulp, PhD, as Associate Professor in the Vaccine Center and the Translational Tumor Immunology Program. Dr. Kulp’s research centers on how best to rationally engineer protective immune responses against emerging and harmful infect...

Clark Chen, MD, PhD, to Join University of Minnesota

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

The University of Minnesota Medical School has announced the addition of Clark Chen, MD, PhD, as the Lyle French Chair in Neurosurgery and the Head of the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Neurosurgery. He will assume his new position in August 2017. Dr. Chen is a nationally...

AACR Honors Mina J. Bissell, PhD, FAACR, With Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recognized Mina J. Bissell, PhD, FAACR, with the 14th AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research during the 2017 AACR Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research was established in ...

Six NY Scientists Win Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance announced the six winners of the 4th annual Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research, awarded annually to promising early-career, New York City–area scientists. Recipients receive $200,000 in funding per ye...

Sir Richard Peto, FRS, to Receive McGuire Award at 2017 SABCS

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

Sir Richard Peto, FRS, will receive the William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture Award at the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), to be held December 5–9. The McGuire Award was established in 1992 to honor William L. McGuire, MD, who, along with Charles A. Coltman, MD, founded SABCS i...

James Allison, PhD, Named One of TIME ’s 100 Most Influential People in 2017

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Chair of Immunology, James Allison, PhD—whose pivotal insight to attack cancer by treating the immune system instead of the tumor revived cancer immunotherapy—has been named to the 2017 TIME 100 Most Influential People. His approach la...

Statement From ASH President on Cancer Drug Parity Act

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

In response to the introduction of the Cancer Drug Parity Act (H.R. 1409) by Representatives Leonard Lance (R–NJ) and Brian Higgins (D–NY), American Society of Hematology (ASH) President Kenneth C. Anderson, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, issued the following statement: “Oral and pat...

Breast Cancer

New Immunotherapy Trial in Breast Cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

Patients with some types of breast cancer will have a new clinical trial option at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Medical oncologists Lori Goldstein, MD, and Elias Obeid, MD, MPH, are opening a phase II immunotherapy clinical trial for newly diagnosed, locally recurrent, or metastatic HER2-overexpressing ...

New Spanish-Language Videos and Brochures From ASTRO Provide Overview of Radiation Therapy

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

Spanish-speaking patients with cancer have new tools to help them understand treatment options for their disease. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has released a series of Spanish-language patient videos on radiation therapy for cancer, including breast, prostate, lung, brain, and...

Robert Vonderheide, MD, DPhil, Named Director of Abramson Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

Robert Vonderheide, MD, DPhil, has been named the new Director of the Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Hanna Wise Professor in Cancer Research at the Perelman School of Medicine and currently serves as the ACC’s Associate Director for Translational Resea...

Karmanos Cancer Institute Now Offers Image-Fusion Technology to Detect Prostate Cancer

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2017

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is using a sophisticated new way to diagnose and treat prostate cancer more effectively. Urology specialists at Karmanos have begun using the UroNav Fusion Biopsy System, which fuses three-dimensional MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) images of the prostate w...

Cancer Research UK Awards Six U.S. Scientists $87 Million as Part of ‘Grand Challenge’

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2017

Cancer Research UK has announced that six leading American scientists are among the winners of a global competition to help overcome the biggest challenges facing cancer research. The initial $87 million “Grand Challenge” fund will be distributed across 4 international teams of academics from 6 prom...

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Launches ‘Myeloma Link’ in Collaboration With National Black Church Initiative

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2017

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) together with the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) announced the launch of a church-based initiative addressing striking health-care disparities among African Americans with multiple myeloma. Black Americans have twice the incidence of multiple myelom...

Ahmad Samer Al-Homsi, MD, MBA, to Lead New Bone Marrow Transplantation Initiative at NYU

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2017

Hematologist-oncologist Ahmad Samer Al-Homsi, MD, MBA, will lead a new bone marrow transplantation program at New York University (NYU) Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center for treating blood-borne cancers and potentially utilize transplantation as an adjunct to immunotherapy for solid tumors. He also...

Luis A. Diaz, MD, Named Head of Solid Tumor Oncology at MSK

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2017

Luis A. Diaz, MD, has been named Head of the Division of Solid Tumor Oncology in the Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Dr. Diaz most recently served as Associate Professor of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Diaz formally ass...

James Mohler, MD, Receives 2017 Rodger Winn Award

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

An accomplished urologic oncologist and longtime senior leader at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, James Mohler, MD, received the 2017 Rodger Winn Award at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 22nd Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Mohler is Associate Director and Senior Vice...

NCCN Foundation Board of Directors Names New Leadership

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

The NCCN Foundation® has named Gena Cook, Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Navigating Cancer, as Chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Foundation Board of Directors. Ms. Cook, who was elected to the Board in 2010, succeeds  Ellen O. Tauscher, former U.S. Represent...

Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH, Receives AACR Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has been honored by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for outstanding achievement in clinical cancer research. Dr. Garber, a medical oncologist and clinical can...

Mark S. Soberman, MD, MBA, FACS, Named ACCC President

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

Mark S. Soberman, MD, MBA, FACS, was elected as the 2017–2018 President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) during its 43rd Annual Meeting on March 31, 2017, in Washington, DC. Dr. Soberman brings a wealth of experience in thoracic surgery, thoracic oncology, and value-based h...

W.E. ‘Ed’ Bosarge, Jr, PhD, Honored With 2017 AACR Distinguished Public Service Award

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) presented an AACR Distinguished Public Service Award to W.E. “Ed” Bosarge, Jr, PhD, in honor of his generous, unstinting contributions to cancer research, innovative medical and environmental science, and the AACR. Dr. Bosarge is known for his...

ASCO Releases Position Statement on Access to Investigational Drugs

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

ASCO strongly supports increasing access to investigational new treatment options for patients with cancer, while raising serious concerns about recently proposed federal “right-to-try” legislation as well as state-enacted right-to-try laws. In a position statement released April 4, 2017, ASCO said ...

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, PhD, MPH, Elected to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Board of Trustees

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has announced the election of Joanne Berger-Sweeney, PhD, MPH, President of Trinity College, to its Board of Trustees. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Berger-Sweeney to the board of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Her leadership at premier academic institutions in t...

Kristy L. Weber, MD, Named Second Vice President, AAOS Board of Directors

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

Orthopedic surgeon Kristy L. Weber, MD, became the second Vice President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors at the organization’s 2017 Annual Meeting. Her new role is the first position in a 4-year term of volunteer service that includes Dr. Weber serving ...

Paula H. Finestone, PhD, Joins Fox Chase Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

Fox Chase Cancer Center has announced the hiring of Paula H. Finestone, PhD, a psychologist who has joined the Center’s Department of Medicine. Before arriving at Fox Chase, Dr. Finestone was a clinical psychologist at Bryn Mawr Rehab, where she worked with inpatients and outpatients facing ca...

Roswell Park Names Chair of Cancer Genetics and Genomics

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

John Krolewski, MD, PhD, has been appointed as Chair of the Department of Cancer Genetics and Genomics and Co-Leader of the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) Genetics and Genomics Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He will also hold the John & Santa Palisano Endowed Chair of Cancer ...

David M. Livingston, MD, Receives AACR International Award

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

David M. Livingston, MD, a cancer biologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has won a major award for discoveries in cancer research from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). He received the Pezcoller Foundation–AACR International Award at the AACR Annual Meeting in Washington,...

Ophira Ginsburg, MD, to Lead New High Risk Program at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

Medical oncologist Ophira Ginsburg, MD, has joined New York University (NYU) Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center as Director of its new High Risk Program, which identifies, studies, and cares for patients with hereditary syndromes that increase cancer risk. Dr. Ginsburg also holds a faculty app...

Roger S. Lo, MD, PhD, Receives Inaugural AACR–Waun Ki Hong Award for Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored Roger S. Lo, MD, PhD, with the first AACR–Waun Ki Hong Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research during the 2017 AACR Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The AACR established this award in recognition of AACR President (2001–...

Keith T. Flaherty, MD, Named New Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recently announced the appointment of Keith T. Flaherty, MD, as Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Cancer Research. Dr. Flaherty is Director of the Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies and Director of Clinical Research at the Massachusetts General ...

ASCO Selects 2017–2018 Health Policy Fellows

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 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 second year. The fellowship, aimed at early career oncologists, provides the skills necessary to monitor and shape the regulatory and...

FNIH Awards Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences to David M. Sabatini, MD, PhD

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has selected David M. Sabatini, MD, PhD, to receive its 5th annual Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences for discovery of the mTOR (mechanistic target of rapamycin) cellular pathway as a key regulator of growth and metabolism in response ...

Institute for Clinical Immuno-Oncology White Paper Highlights Challenges, Progress, and Priorities in Immunotherapy

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

Momentum around immunotherapies for cancer continues to build, but the high cost of these therapies places them at the center of debate about how best to define and measure value in cancer care. As these therapies are increasingly integrated into practice, all stakeholders—providers, patients, payer...

Carlo M. Croce, MD, FAACR, Recognized With 2017 AACR Margaret Foti Award

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recognized Carlo M. Croce, MD, FAACR, with the 11th Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research during the AACR Annual Meeting 2017 in Washington, DC. The Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraor...

Living Beyond Breast Cancer Translates Metastatic Breast Cancer Guide Into Five Languages

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) has translated its Metastatic Breast Cancer Series: Guide for the Newly Diagnosed into the five most-often-spoken languages in the United States after English: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and French. Jointly created by LBBC and the Metastatic Breast Canc...

Leonard I. Zon, MD, Honored With 2017 AACR–Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lecture

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2017

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) awarded the 13th AACR–Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lectureship to Leonard I. Zon, MD, Grousbeck Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Stem Cell Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a Howard Hughe...

Deane L. Wolcott, MD, FAPOS, Receives Holland Distinguished Leadership Award

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2017

Deane L. Wolcott, MD, FAPOS, is the 2017 recipient of the Holland Distinguished Leadership Award, which was presented recently at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Wolcott is the founding Director of Oncology Supportive Care Services at...

Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD, Named AACR President-Elect 2017–2018

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2017

Elizabeth M. Jaffee, MD, was elected by the members of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) as its President-Elect for 2017–2018. She officially became President-Elect at the AACR Annual Meeting 2017, held in Washington, April 1–5, and will assume the presidency in April 2018 at ...

Lauren Lawrence, MBA, RHIA, Appointed Vice President of Karmanos Cancer Network

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2017

Lauren Lawrence, MBA, RHIA, has been promoted to Vice President of Karmanos Cancer Network. She will report to Justin Klamerus, MD, MMM, President of Karmanos Cancer Hospital and Karmanos Cancer Network. Ms. Lawrence most recently served as Executive Director of Community-Based Programs at the...

Fred Hutchinson’s Paulovich Laboratory to Lead Protein Assay Work for National Cancer Moonshot

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2017

The Applied Proteogenomics Organizational Learning and Outcomes (APOLLO) network, which represents a partnership among the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, has tapped the Paulovich Laboratory at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center...

AACR Inducts 2017 Class of Fellows at Annual Meeting

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2017

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) inducted its newly elected class of Fellows of the AACR Academy at its Annual Meeting, held April 1–5, 2017, in Washington, DC. 2017 Class of Fellows Sir Adrian P. Bird, PhD, Buchanan Professor of Genetics, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biolog...

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Appoints Gwen Nichols, MD, as Chief Medical Officer

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2017

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has announced Gwen Nichols, MD, as its new Chief Medical Officer. A physician and scientific researcher, Dr. Nichols has dedicated her career to advancing cures for cancers through a unique combination of clinical, academic, and pharmaceutical experience. S...

Breast Surgeon Sheldon M. Feldman, MD, Joins Montefiore and Einstein Cancer Centers

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2017

Sheldon M. Feldman, MD, has been named Chief of the Division of Breast Surgery and Surgical Oncology and Director of Breast Cancer Services at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, the clinical arm of the National Cancer Institute–designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center. He will also joi...

Benjamin Levy, MD, to Lead Medical Oncology at Sibley Memorial

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2017

Lung cancer specialist Benjamin Levy, MD, has been named the new Clinical Director of Medical Oncology and Medical Director of Thoracic Oncology for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital in northwest Washington, DC. Dr. Levy is Former Director of Thoracic Medical O...

Eric M. Horwitz, MD, Inducted Into Inaugural Class of Fellows of the American Brachytherapy Society

The  / March 25, 2017

Eric M. Horwitz, MD, Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has been selected by the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) as an inaugural ABS Fellow. Dr. Horwitz is among 12 fellows in the inaugural class. He will be formally recognized at the ABS 2017 Annual ...

Suresh Vedantham, MD, FSIR, Named President of SIR

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2017

Suresh Vedantham, MD, FSIR, an interventional radiologist and Professor of Radiology and Surgery at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis, assumed the office of President of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) on March 7, 2017, during the Societ...

Chief Clinical Officer’s Distinguished Chair Created at City of Hope to Honor Alexandra M. Levine, MD, MACP

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2017

A significant philanthropic gift from the Campbell family of Las Vegas, Nevada, will establish a new endowed Chair to honor City of Hope’s former Chief Medical Officer Alexandra M. Levine, MD, MACP. The recipient of the Deana and Steve Campbell Chief Clinical Officer’s Distinguished Chair, to b...

Arti Hurria, MD, Named Vice Provost at City of Hope

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2017

Geriatrician-oncologist Arti ­Hurria, MD, has been named Vice Provost for Clinical Faculty at City of Hope. “I spent most of my formative years at City of Hope and was very fortunate,” said Dr. Hurria, who’s been at the medical center for 10 years. “I had mentors who helped me along the way an...

Fox Chase Junior Investigators Win Awards for Pilot Projects

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2017

Fox Chase Cancer Center is pleased to announce the results of its American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Pilot Project Competition for Junior Investigators. The competition was open to eligible junior faculty at Fox Chase and Temple University Hospital. The awardees are...

Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Inaugural Sjöberg Prize Awarded to James P. Allison, PhD, and Tony Hunter, PhD

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2017

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (RSAS) has decided to award the inaugural Sjöberg Prize 2017 to James P. Allison, PhD, Professor and Vivian L. Smith Distinguished Chair in Immunology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Tony Hunter, PhD, American Cancer Society P...

Alice T. Shaw, MD, PhD, and Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD, Named Co‑Leaders of SU2C-ACS Dream Team on Lung Cancer

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2017

Alice T. Shaw, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, and Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, have been named co-leaders of the Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C)-American Cancer Society (ACS) Lung Cancer Dream Team, joining co-leader Jedd Wolchok, MD, PhD, o...

Sandra J. Horning, MD, Received Duane Roth Memorial Award

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2017

Sandra J. Horning, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Global Development for Roche/Genentech, was named the 2017 recipient of the Duane Roth Memorial Award. The award was presented February 16 at the annual Industry/Academia Translational Oncology Symposium at the Univers...

Fox Chase–Temple University Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Program Awarded FACT Accreditation

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2017

The Fox Chase–Temple University Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Program has received internationally recognized accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) at the University of Nebraska Medical ­Center. By demonstrating compliance with the FACT-JACIE Internation...

New NCCN Treatment Guides to Help Patients With Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia Make Informed Care Decisions

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2017

Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia, a rare subtype of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, affects approximately 1,500 to 2,000 people in the United States each year. Although it is not curable, Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia is grow slowly, and in many patients, it is manageable as a chronic disease. To that end, i...

IASLC Statement Regarding Philip Morris’ Smoke-Free Future

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2017

On February 1, 2017, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) issued the following statement: According to its own public reports, in 2016 Phillip Morris manufactured 800 billion cigarettes. Thus, [IASLC] views with some skepticism Philip Morris’ recent statement committin...

Cleveland Clinic Opens New Taussig Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2017

The new Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center began welcoming patients on March 6, 2017. The 377,000 square-foot facility houses all outpatient cancer treatment services in one location, with the center’s team of medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, nurses, genetic counselors, social work...

Eric D. Tetzlaff, MHS, PA-C, Receives National Recognition as AAPA Distinguished Fellow

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2017

Eric D. Tetzlaff, MHS, PA-C, a physician assistant at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). He practices clinical care for patients with gastrointestinal cancers and sarcomas and has been at Fox Chase for m...

Scripps Florida Collaboration Awarded $3.3 Million to Develop Next-Generation Breast Cancer Therapies

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2017

A pair of scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have been awarded up to $3.3 million from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create the next generation of breast cancer treatments for the thousands of patients w...

2017 ASH-AMFDP Scholars to Study Basic Insights in Blood Cancer Development

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) announced that Justin Taylor, MD, and Roger Belizaire, MD, PhD, have been selected to participate in the American Society of Hematology–Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (ASH-AMFDP). Designed to increase the number of underrepresented...

American Skin Association Names David Norris, MD, President

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

David Norris, MD, Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has become the new President of the American Skin Association (ASA). Dr. Norris will be taking over for Philip Prioleau, MD, who has held the position since 2014. Prior to Dr. Prioleau’...

Elisabeth Heath, MD, FACP, Appointed Associate Center Director for Translational Sciences at Karmanos

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

Elisabeth Heath, MD, FACP, of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been appointed Associate Center Director for Transitional Sciences, effective immediately. She will report to Gerold Bepler, MD, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer ...

Edward Garon, MD, Receives $3.2 Million NIH Grant to Study Immunotherapy Responses in Lung Cancer

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

Edward Garon, MD, a member of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and Associate Professor of Hematology and Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, has received a 5-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to...

American Cancer Society Honors William Breitbart, MD, With the Trish Greene Quality of Life Award

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

William Breitbart, MD, has been honored with the 2017 American Cancer Society Trish Greene Quality of Life Award, a prestigious national honor that recognizes an outstanding individual who dedicates a significant portion of his or her career to research that improves the quality of life for can...

$1.8M Grant to Wenwei Hu, PhD, to Aid Exploration of Role of Chronic Stress in Cancer Development

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

A 5-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute awarded to Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey resident research member Wenwei Hu, PhD, will support research to further elucidate the mechanisms behind the most frequently mutated gene in human tumors—p53. The aim is to explore...

Clinical Trial to Explore Genetic Cancer Test to Offer Safe Thyroid-Preserving Surgery

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists and doctors are embarking on the first-ever clinical trial to determine whether a genetic test they pioneered could successfully spare patients with nonaggressive thyroid cancer from complete removal of their thyroid. Such thyroid-preserving sur...

American Cancer Society Awards Medal of Honor to Three Cancer Researchers

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

Three outstanding individuals have been honored with the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor Award. The Medal of Honor is awarded to those who have made the most valuable contributions and impact in saving more lives from cancer through basic research, clinical research, and cancer control. ...

Pittsburgh Cancer Center Researchers to Receive 2017 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

One of the most prestigious awards in the field of medicine will be presented to University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine faculty members and University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) researchers Yuan Chang, MD, and Patrick S. Moore, MD. The duo, whose Chang-Moore Laboratory at ...

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Joins International Coalition to Improve Cancer Care

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

A new global initiative that includes founding partner University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was launched on January 17, 2017, at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in ­Davos, Switzerland. It signals a dramatic shift in the way international organizations help country and city leaders addre...

Harold H. Tara, Jr, MD, Appointed Medical Director of Smilow Care Centers in Connecticut

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

Harold H. Tara, Jr, MD, has been appointed Medical Director of the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Centers in Trumbull and Fairfield, Connecticut. Dr. Tara’s leadership will ensure that the centers continue to offer patients the best care available, along with the latest treatment options through c...

Suresh Ramalingam, MD, Elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

Suresh Ramalingam, MD, Deputy Director of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and Assistant Dean for Cancer Research at the Emory School of Medicine, has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Ramalingam, who is the Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Chair...

Lisa Lange, ANP-BC, AOCN, of Karmanos Cancer Institute, Promoted to Vice President of Clinical Trials Office

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

Lisa Lange, ANP-BC, AOCN, of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, has been promoted to Vice President of the Clinical Trials Office. Ms. Lange brings 26 years of experience as a nurse and nurse practitioner, specializing in clinical oncology care and research. She has been with Karmanos f...

Stephen Gottschalk, MD, Named Chair of BMT and Cell Therapy at St. Jude

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

Stephen Gottschalk, MD, has been named Chair of the Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. In his new position, Dr. Gottschalk will be responsible for management of the Department’s clinical, research, and educational ...

Columbia, NewYork-Presbyterian, and Life Raft Group Form Cancer Research Partnership

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian, and the Life Raft Group, a patient advocacy organization specializing in advanced gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), announced that they have entered into a collaborative research project to investigate the efficacy of a novel system bio...

SWOG Launches National Immunotherapy Clinical Trial for Rare Cancers

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2017

People with rare cancers now have the option of joining a national clinical trial testing leading-edge immunotherapies for a wide variety of tumor types. It’s the first federally funded immunotherapy trial devoted to rare cancers. Despite their name, rare cancers make up more than 20%...

Richard M. Goldberg, MD, Named Director of West Virginia University Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2017

Richard M. Goldberg, MD, an expert in gastrointestinal cancer, has been named the new Director of the West Virginia University Cancer Institute. Dr. Goldberg will be coming to West Virginia University from The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, where he currently serves as Klotz Fa...

Kerry and Simone Vickar Family Foundation Commits $2 Million for Levine Cancer Institute Hematologic Oncology Chair

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2017

Carolinas HealthCare System has announced a $2 million commitment from the Kerry and Simone Vickar Family Foundation in support of academic and research efforts at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina. The funds will be designated to establish an endowed chair in their name: The ...

Justin F. Klamerus, MD, MMM, Appointed President of Karmanos Cancer Hospital

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2017

Justin F. Klamerus, MD, MMM, has been appointed President of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Hospital, the clinical operation of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit. The appointment was effective as of January 2017. Dr. Klamerus will report directly to Gerold Bepler, MD, PhD, Presid...

Moffitt Cancer Center Names Robert Wenham, MD, MS, FACOG, FACS, Gynecologic Oncology Program Chair

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

Moffitt Cancer Center has appointed Robert Wenham, MD, MS, FACOG, FACS, as the new Gynecologic Oncology Program Chair. Dr. Wenham has served as the Interim Chair over the past several months. He was recruited to Moffitt in 2004, after completing his fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the Duk...

Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD, Appointed Scientific Director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research announced the appointment of Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD, as its Scientific Director. A hematologic oncologist and renowned researcher, Dr. Dang joins Ludwig from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center, which he has...

New AACI President Stanton L. Gerson, MD, Aims to Integrate Cancer Treatment Advances Into the Community

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

Stanton L. Gerson, MD, became the new President of the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) during the Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Chicago, held October 23–25. Dr. Gerson is the Asa and Patricia Shiverick–Jane Shiverick (Tripp) Professor of Hematological Oncology at the Ca...

UMass Memorial Medical Center Seeks to Join Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

UMass Memorial Medical Center and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have notified the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission that UMass Memorial Medical Center intends to become the first academic medical center to join the Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative. The agreement, for adult medical oncology ...

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, Receives 2017 SITC Memorial Lectureship Award

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

Pediatric oncologist Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, has been awarded a top prize in the field of cancer immunology. The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) announced that Dr. Sondel has received the group’s top award—the Richard V. Smalley, MD...

Diane M. Simeone, MD, to Lead New Pancreatic Cancer Center at NYU Langone

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center has announced that surgeon and scientist Diane M. Simeone, MD, will join its Perlmutter Cancer Center on March 1, 2017, to serve as Associate Director for Translational Research and to lead its newly established Pancreatic Cancer Center. Current...

Head and Neck Cancer

Vanderbilt Study to Explore Lymphedema Self-Care for Head and Neck Cancer Survivors

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Assistant Professor Jie Deng, PhD, RN, has been awarded a $789,000 research scholar grant by the American Cancer Society to develop and test a self-care program for head and neck cancer survivors diagnosed with secondary lymphedema/fibrosis. Lymphedema/f...

AACR Receives $1.125 Million National Cancer Institute Grant to Continue Annual Clinical Trials Workshop

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is pleased to announce that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded the organization a 5-year, $1.125 million grant to continue providing clinical fellow and junior faculty clinical researchers the opportunity to learn the essentials of eff...

Levine Cancer Institute Named a Planetree-Designated Patient-Centered Organization

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute has earned a Planetree Designation, a hallmark of exceptional patient-centered care. The Planetree Designation is a key award that recognizes excellence in person-centeredness across the continuum of care and is based on evidence and standards wi...

Pamela Laszewski, RN, OCN, Receives 2017 ONS Excellence in Radiation Therapy Nursing Award

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

Pamela Laszewski, RN, OCN, Clinical Leader of Radiation at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, will receive the notable 2017 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Excellence in Radiation Therapy Nursing Award during the Annual ONS Congress May 4–7, 2017, in Denver. The award was created to reco...

Joan Font-Burgada, PhD, Joins Fox Chase in Cancer Biology Program

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

Joan Font-Burgada, PhD, has joined Fox Chase Cancer Center as Assistant Professor in the Cancer Biology Program. A researcher who focuses on liver cancer and regenerative medicine, Dr. Font-Burgada is a current recipient of the prestigious National Cancer Institute Pathway to Independence Award...

CNS Cancers

NCCN Publishes Patient Education Resources for Gliomas, Its First in a Series on Brain Cancer

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) has published the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® and NCCN Quick Guide™ sheets for Brain Cancer–Gliomas, the first in a series of patient education resources focused on brain cancer. Published by NCCN through the support of the NCCN Foundation and in p...

Health-Care Policy

ASCO Releases Principles for Patient-Centered Health-Care Reform

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

ASCO has released the “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 t...

Eastern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care Joins Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

Eastern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care, located at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center, is the newest member of the Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative. Participation in the Collaborative reflects a demonstrated commitment to excellence by meeting a wide array of standards and best practices. As...

Breast Cancer Researchers at Baylor Receive Komen Grants to Support Study of Drug Efficacy, Treatment Resistance

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

Two breast cancer researchers in the Baylor College of Medicine’s Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, part of the Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, have been awarded grants from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support their research in drug efficacy in treating triple-negative breast cance...

Kenneth C. Anderson, MD, Begins Term as 2017 ASH President

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

Kenneth C. Anderson, MD, an expert in multiple myeloma, will serve as President of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) for a year-long term through December 2017. Dr. Anderson is Director of the Lebow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics and the Jerome Lipper Myeloma Center at Dana-Farber C...

Philip E. Bourne, PhD, Leaves NIH, Accepts Position at University of Virginia

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

On January 6, Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), issued the following statement: It is with truly mixed emotions that I announce the departure of Philip E. Bourne, PhD, who will be leaving his post as NIH’s first Associate Director for Data Science to b...

Martin J. Edelman, MD, Joins Fox Chase Cancer Center as Chair of the Department of Hematology/Oncology

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2017

Martin J. Edelman, MD, an expert in the research and treatment of lung cancer, has joined Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, as Chair of the Department of Hematology/Oncology. He will also serve as Deputy Cancer Center Director for Clinical Research, leading the effort to integrate discover...

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, FACP, Named Chair of American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2016

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine and Deputy Director for Clinical Services of the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the new Chair of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The C...

Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, Named Chair of Dermatology at University of North Carolina

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2016

University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member Nancy Thomas, MD, PhD, has been named Chair of the Department of Dermatology, effective January 1. She assumes the role from Luis Diaz, MD, who is stepping down from the position after serving as Chair for 16 years...

Gilberto de Lima Lopes, Jr, MD, MBA, FAMS, Named New Editor-in-Chief of ASCO’s Journal of Global Oncology

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2016

ASCO announced that Gilberto de Lima Lopes, Jr, MD, MBA, FAMS, will become Editor-in-Chief of the Society’s Journal of Global Oncology (JGO) in early 2017. Dr. Lopes will direct the editorial scope of JGO, an online-only, open-access journal addressing the unique challenges of cancer care and r...

AbbVie and Lurie Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Announce 5-Year Oncology Research Collaborations

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2016

The global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie has announced collaborations with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. These 5-year partnerships to advance cancer research and discovery in oncology will focus on sever...

Nancy G. Hesse, MSN, RN, Named President and CEO of CTCA at Eastern Regional Medical Center

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2016

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), a national network of five cancer hospitals, announced that Nancy G. Hesse, MSN, RN, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of its Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern) in Philadelphia. Ms. Hesse previously served as Interim Pr...

Richard Gorlick, MD, Joins MD Anderson to Lead Pediatrics

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2016

Richard Gorlick, MD, an expert in pediatric oncology and hematology, has joined The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital as the Division Head and Department Chair of Pediatrics. A pediatric cancer survivor himself, Dr. Gorlick committed his life’s work to helping young pa...

St. Jude Names Ellis J. Neufeld, MD, PhD, Clinical Director, Physician-in-Chief, and Executive Vice President

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2016

Ellis J. Neufeld, MD, PhD, has been appointed Clinical Director, Physician-in-Chief, and Executive Vice President of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dr. Neufeld’s appointment will begin in March 2017. In this role, Dr. Neufeld will oversee the organization’s academic clinical department...

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

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2016

Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, a long-time ASCO member and volunteer, has been elected to serve as the 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 ...

American Cancer Society Welcomes Three New Members and Newly Elected Officers to Board of Directors

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2016

The American Cancer Society announced the election of three new members—Amit Kumar, PhD, Joseph M. Naylor, and William D. Novelli—to the 2017 American Cancer Society Board of Directors. In addition, the new key officer leadership positions were announced, whic...

R. Daniel Beauchamp, MD, Receives 2016 Dr. Rodman E. and Thomas G. Sheen Award

The ASCO Post  / December 25, 2016

R. Daniel Beauchamp, MD, Chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences and the John Clinton Foshee Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has been selected to receive the 2016 Dr. Rodman E. and Thomas G. Sheen Award from the New Jersey American College of Surgeon...

MD Anderson Cancer Center Marks 75 Years of Research to End Cancer

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

In November, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center celebrated its 75th anniversary with a week-long series of events that raised nearly $15 million to support its efforts in patient care and in the investigation and treatment of cancer. Housed on 16 million square feet in the city of Hou...

Issues in Oncology

NCI Study Affirms There Is No Safe Level of Smoking

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

People who consistently smoked an average of less than 1 cigarette per day over their lifetime had a 64% higher risk of earlier death than never-smokers, and those who smoked between 1 and 10 cigarettes a day had an 87% higher risk of earlier death than never-smokers, according to a new study from r...

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Expands Cancer Care and Research Facility at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

Cancer experts from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center are now embedded in a newly expanded facility within Johns Hopkins Medicine–owned Sibley Memorial Hospital in northwest Washington, DC. Sibley recently opened the 30,000-square-foot medical oncology facility—part of its new 475,000-square-f...

Randi Kaplan, LMSW, Named Schwartz Center’s 2016 National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a national leader in providing compassionate care to patients and caregivers, has named Randi Kaplan, LMSW, Director of the Arthur D. Emil Caregiver Support Center at Montefiore, the National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year. The prestigious ...

Cancer Metastasis International Symposium Abstract Award Winners Announced

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

The Organizing Committee for the 7th International Cancer Metastasis International Symposium has announced the abstract award winners for the meeting. The winners will be presented during the upcoming meeting, “Cancer Metastasis Through the Lymphovascular System: Biology and Treatment,” to be held A...

City of Hope’s Ravi Salgia, MD, PhD, Receives 2016 Asclepius Award From the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

City of Hope’s Ravi Salgia, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research, has received an accolade that recognizes his decades-long dedication to treating patients with lung cancer and researching new therapies. Dr. Salgia received the 2016 Asclepius Award from...

Make Funding for Cancer Research a Global Priority, Say European and American Organizations

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) are calling on policymakers and leaders throughout the world to provide robust and sustained funding for cancer research. The two organizations say there has been a signifi...

University of Hawaii Cancer Center Receives $3 Million R01 NCI Grant for Bladder Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

Charles Rosser, MD, MBA, FACS, Professor and Director of the Clinical Trials Office and Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Program at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, received a 5-year National Cancer Institute (NCI) R01 grant worth more than $3 million. The grant is for...

Christine Laronga, MD, FACS, Elected President of the Association of Women Surgeons

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

Christine Laronga, MD, FACS, a surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center, has been named President of the Association of Women Surgeons. The international organization has more than 1,800 members and represents 21 countries. “I am thrilled to be in this new pos...

Center for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research at UNMC Renamed Dr. James O. Armitage Center for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents voted to rename an area of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in honor of a longtime professor who has made extraordinary contributions to the institution. The Center for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research, established in 2003, was renamed b...

Solid Tumors
Breast Cancer

Fergus J. Couch, PhD, and Max S. Wicha, MD, Recognized for Significant Contributions to Breast Cancer Research at 2016 SABCS

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored two renowned researchers for their work in breast cancer at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), held December 6–10 in San Antonio, Texas. Fergus J. Couch, PhD, of the Mayo Clinic, will receive the 9th Annual AACR...

David Tuveson, MD, PhD, Named Director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

David Tuveson, MD, PhD, will succeed Bruce Stillman, AO, FAA, FRS, as Director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center. Dr. Tuveson is the Roy J. Zuckerberg Professor of Cancer Research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Head of the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Researc...

Reagan-Udall Foundation Announces Appointments of Ellen V. Sigal, PhD, and Richard L. Schilsky, MD

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an independent nonprofit organization that works to advance regulatory science to help support the scientific mission of the FDA, has elected Ellen V. Sigal, PhD, as its new Chairman, and Richard L. Schilsky, MD, ...

ASH Honors Member of Congress and Former NCI Grants Chief With Service Awards

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) recognized Representative David McKinley (R-WV) and Roy Wu, PhD, former Chief of the Clinical Grants and Contracts Branch for the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), with awards for their outstanding advocacy fo...

Hematologic Malignancies

ASH Launches Digital, Open-Access Journal Blood Advances at 2016 Annual Meeting

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

Blood has covered experimental and clinical hematologic research as the flagship journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). Launched officially on November 29, 2016, the open-access online journal Blood Advances will fill a niche that complements and expands on topics covered in Blood whil...

Breast Cancer

Mylin A. Torres, MD, to Hold Glenn Family Chair in Breast Cancer Research at Winship Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

Mylin A. Torres, MD, Director of the Glenn Family Breast Center at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University (Winship), was selected to hold the Louisa and Rand Glenn Family Chair in Breast Cancer Research. The endowed position was created by the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation to s...

AAAS Names Winship’s Dong Moon Shin, MD, as a 2016 Fellow

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

Dong Moon Shin, MD, the Frances Kelly Blomeyer Distinguished Endowed Chair in Cancer Research at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Shin is Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Pro...

Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Receives 2016 Paul A. Bunn Jr. Scientific Award

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, of Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, was recognized by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) with a distinguished award at the 17th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Herbst accepted the Paul A. Bunn Jr. Scientific...

Statement From the American Association for Cancer Research on the House Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

From Nancy E. Davidson, MD, President of the AACR and Executive Director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington Cancer Consortium, and Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), Chief Executive Officer of the AACR On behalf of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), w...

Maura Gillison, MD, PhD, Elected to National Academy of Medicine

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

Maura Gillison, MD, PhD, a physician-researcher who has made significant contributions to the fields of cancer biology, therapy, and epidemiology, was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine during the Academy’s annual meeting. Dr. Gillison is the Jeg Coughlin Chair in Cancer Resea...

Seven MD Anderson Faculty Elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

In recognition of wide-ranging contributions to the fields of cancer prevention; patient care; and basic, translational, and clinical research, seven faculty members from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Scie...

Matt Ewend, MD, FACS, Named President of the University of North Carolina Physicians

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

Matt Ewend, MD, FACS, has been named President of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Physicians. In this role, Dr. Ewend will oversee the physician clinical enterprise of UNC Health Care, which includes more than 2,400 physicians and 600 advanced practice providers in 450 practices spa...

UNC Lineberger’s Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, Elected AAAS Fellow

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Dr. Kosorok,...

William Sellers, MD, Appointed to Faculty at Broad Institute, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

William Sellers, MD, a widely respected cancer researcher with extensive experience in cancer genomics and therapeutic discovery, is returning to the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School (HMS) as...

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Invests $40.3 Million in New Research to Find Cures for Hematologic Malignancies

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has announced it has committed $40.3 million in new research investments to advance the most promising blood cancer science at leading academic and medical centers around the world, including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Weill Cornell Medicine; Memorial Slo...

Steven K. Libutti, MD, FACS, Named Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

Steven K. Libutti, MD, FACS, has been named the new Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and will serve as Vice Chancellor for Cancer Programs for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences at Rutgers University. When he takes on his new roles in early 2017, Dr. Libutti will be the th...

Team-Based Care in Oncology: National Cancer Institute and ASCO Launch Unique Project

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

In its November 2016 issue, the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) has published a special series that represents 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 clin...

Advocacy Group to Fund $1.6 Million in Grants for 8 Early Detection Ovarian Cancer Research Projects

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

Tina’s Wish, a nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to funding scientific research for the early detection of ovarian cancer, recently announced its eight 2017–2018 individual grant recipients after soliciting proposals nationally for the first time. Researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Insti...

George A. Komatsoulis, PhD, Joins CancerLinQ LLC as Chief of Bio-Informatics

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

CancerLinQ LLC has announced that George A. Komatsoulis, PhD, will be its first Chief of Bio-Informatics. This marks another step toward the organization’s goal of making the CancerLinQ® platform the premier system for unlocking patient data from millions of electronic health records, breaking ...

Western Connecticut Health Network Names John A. Martignetti, MD, PhD, Network Director of the Laboratory for Translational Research

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) has named physician-scientist John A. Martignetti, MD, PhD, Network Director of the Laboratory for Translational Research at the WCHN Biomedical Research Institute. Dr. Martignetti is Associate Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Oncological Sci...

Skin Cancer Foundation President Perry Robins, MD, Announces Retirement, Names Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, His Successor

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Perry Robins, MD, Founder and President of the Skin Cancer Foundation, was honored at the organization’s Champions for Change Gala, held October 18 at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Dr. Robins was honored at the event as a “Champion for Change” for his lifetime commitment to decreasing the inc...

Fred Hutch Opens Bezos Family Immunotherapy Clinic

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) has announced the official opening of a first-of-its-kind clinic dedicated to providing immunotherapies for cancer patients in clinical trials. The Bezos Family Immunotherapy Clinic, named in recognition of a family that has been deeply committed t...

Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, Receives NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Cancer researcher Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms that drive the disease. In recognition of her accomplishments, she has been named a recipient of the Outstanding Investigator Award, an honor presented by the National Cancer Institu...

Health-Care Policy

AMA Statement on the Future of Health-Care Reform

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

“The AMA House of Delegates, reflecting more than 170 state and specialty medical societies from across the country, today reaffirmed its commitment to health care reform that improves access to care for all patients. “Using a comprehensive policy framework that has been refined over the past 2 dec...

Memorial Sloan Kettering Long Island Branch Expands Site, Services

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

The Commack, Long Island–based hospital of Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center was opened in 2002, providing personalized cancer care closer to home for individuals living on eastern Long Island. Now, more than 14 years later, MSK is reinforcing its commitment to the local communi...

Supriya Saha, MD, PhD, Opens Laboratory to Study Liver Cancer at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation recently announced the opening of the Saha Laboratory for Liver Cancer Translational Research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Supriya Saha, MD, PhD, has joined scientists there to study the prevention, detection, and treatment of cholangioc...

Skin Cancer

Johns Hopkins Awards Professorship to Melanoma Researcher

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

William H. Sharfman, MD, has been awarded the first Mary Jo Rogers Professorship in Cancer Immunology and Melanoma Research at Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Sharfman is Associate Professor of Oncology and Dermatology, Director of Cutaneous Oncology, Clinical Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins M...

Charles G. Drake, MD, PhD, Joins NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Charles G. Drake, MD, PhD, has joined NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center as Director of Genitourinary Oncology and Associate Director for Clinical Research at the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Drake will also serve as Co-Director of Columbia’s Cancer Immun...

Cary A. Presant, MD, FACP, FASCO, Receives ACCC David King Community Clinical Scientist Award

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) honored Cary A. Presant, MD, FACP, FASCO, with the prestigious David King Community Clinical Scientist Award, for his demonstrated leadership in the development, participation, and evaluation of clinical studies for cancer patients. Throughout ...

Anne Gross, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Named Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Dana-Farber

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Anne Gross, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, has been named Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, effective December 1, 2016. Dr. Gross joined Dana-Farber in 2002 after 12 years at Cambridge Health Alliance as the nursing leader in Onc...

Susan J. Mandel, MD, MPH, Named President-Elect of the Endocrine Society

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Susan J. Mandel, MD, MPH, Director of Clinical Endocrinology and Diabetes for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and Professor in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, has been elected President-Elect of the Endocrine Society. ...

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Lifespan Partner to Advance Cancer Treatment and Expand Research

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Lifespan—Rhode Island’s first health system—leadership have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a partnership that will advance cancer treatment and expand research. The details will be finalized early next year. “Over the past 6 months, our staff members h...

Julie C. Brabbs, MBA, Named Cancer Center Chief Administrative Officer at U-M

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Julie C. Brabbs, MBA, was named Cancer Center Chief Administrative Officer at the University of Michigan (U-M) Comprehensive Cancer Center. She will also serve as Associate Director for Administration for the Center’s National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant. Ms. Brabbs has served...

Shirley A. Johnson, RN, MS, MBA, Joins Roswell Park Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Shirley A. Johnson, RN, MS, MBA, has been appointed as Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Senior Vice President of Nursing and Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. Ms. Johnson officially joined the Roswell Park staff on October 31, 2016, bringing with her nearly 25 years of experience ...

Carrie Lee, MD, MPH, Named Chair-Elect of AACI’s Clinical Research Initiative Steering Committee

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Carrie Lee, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger’s Clinical Protocol Office, has been appointed the Chair-Elect of the Association of American Cancer Institute’s (AACI) Clinical Research Initiative Steering Committee. Her Chair term will start in 2017. ...

Zhu Chen, MD, PhD, and Hugues de Thé, MD, PhD, to Present 2016 ASH Ernest Beutler Lecture

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will honor Zhu Chen, MD, PhD, of Shanghai Institute of Hematology, and Hugues de Thé, MD, PhD, of Collège de France, with the 2016 Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize for their significant research advances in the area of acute promyelocytic leukemia (...

Michael O’Connell, MD, Receives the 2016 ACCC Clinical Research Award

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Michael O’Connell, MD, received the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 2016 Clinical Research Award in recognition of the significant and positive impact of his research on the oncology patient, family, and the community. ACCC President Jennie R. Crews, MD, MMM, FACP, accepted the a...

Bridge Medicines Launched to Advance Promising Early Technologies in Major Academic Institutions

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rockefeller University, and Weill Cornell Medicine have announced that they have established a new drug discovery company called Bridge Medicines. Launched in partnership with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd and health-care investment firms Bay City Capital ...

Elisabeth Heath, MD, FACP, Honored With 2016 Michigan Cancer Consortium Champion Award

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Elisabeth Heath, MD, FACP, Leader of the Genitourinary Oncology Multidisciplinary Team and the Patricia C. and E. Jan Hartmann Endowed Chair for Prostate Cancer Research at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, was recently honored with the Michigan Cancer Consortium’s inaugural Champion A...

ASH Honors J. Evan Sadler, MD, PhD, and Ayalew Tefferi, MD, With the 2016 Henry M. Stratton Medal

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will recognize J. Evan Sadler, MD, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Ayalew Tefferi, MD, of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, with the 2016 Henry M. Stratton Medal for their seminal contributions in the areas of basic...

American Society of Hematology Honors David Grimwade, PhD, Posthumously With the 2016 Exemplary Service Award

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will recognize the late David Grimwade, PhD, formerly of King’s College London and Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust with the 2016 Exemplary Service Award for his exceptional years of service and dedication to the Society’s global programs that ...

Baylor Welcomes New McNair Scholar, Bing Zhang, PhD

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Bing Zhang, PhD, a computational biologist with a focus on cancer bioinformatics, has been named the newest McNair Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine. The McNair Scholar program at Baylor identifies influential researchers in breast and pancreatic cancers, juvenile diabetes, and neuroscienc...

Adrian Lee, PhD, Named Director of the Institute for Precision Medicine at Pitt

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Breast cancer researcher Adrian Lee, PhD, has been named Director of the Institute for Precision Medicine (IPM), a joint effort by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the University of Pittsburgh to move biomedical research into personalized well-being and clinical care.  Dr...

SU2C Launches $7.5 Million Initiative in Research Grants Focusing on Immuno-oncology

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2016

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is making $7.5 million in research grants available to early-career scientists who are pursuing innovative cancer research projects focusing on immuno-oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research recently announced. Funded by a grant from SU2C Visionary Supporter,...

Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, FRCOG, Reelected as Co-Chair of NCI Ovarian Task Force

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, FRCOG, Deputy Director of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, has been reelected as Co-Chair of the National Cancer Institute’s Ovarian Task Force of the Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee. He will serve for 3 years with Co-Chair Deborah Armstrong, MD, Professor of Onc...

Bruce Clurman, MD, PhD, Named Executive Vice President and Deputy Director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

In his 25th year as a physician and researcher working at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Bruce Clurman, MD, PhD, recently stepped into his newest role—Executive Vice President and Deputy Director of Fred Hutch. Fred Hutch President and Director Gary Gilliland, MD, PhD, recently announc...

Roger Stupp, MD, Appointed Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives at Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

Swiss neuro-oncologist Roger Stupp, MD, has been appointed Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. A leading authority on the treatment of primary and metastatic brain cancer, Dr. Stupp will join Northwestern M...

Florida Atlantic University Appoints Phillip M. Boiselle, MD, as Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

Florida Atlantic University has named Phillip M. Boiselle, MD, as the new Dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. Dr. ­Boiselle, who currently serves as Associate Dean for Academic and Clinical Affairs and Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, and is a member of the Card...

Charles S. Fuchs, MD, MPH, to Lead Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and Yale Cancer Center (YCC) have announced that Charles S. Fuchs, MD, MPH, will become the new Director and Physician-in-Chief at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven, effective January 1, 2017. Dr. Fuchs will be taking the reins of the Smilow Canc...

Ellen and Gary Davis Immune Monitoring Core Established at Weill Cornell Medicine

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

With the goal of advancing a powerful cancer treatment strategy that uses immune cells to fight the disease, benefactors Ellen and Gary Davis have made a $2 million gift to Weill Cornell Medicine to drive ongoing research in immunotherapy, the institution announced. This gift will launch the Ellen ...

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

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit of ASCO, announced on October 20, 2016, 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 ...

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, CPDC at McMaster University Join to Speed Cancer Research With Molecular Probes

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization (CPDC) at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, will work together to create novel molecular probes for noninvasive imaging in cancer research, drug development, and patient care. The two leading org...

Fox Chase Cancer Center Designated as a National Pancreas Foundation Center

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

Fox Chase Cancer Center has been designated as a National Pancreas Foundation Center by the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), a nonprofit organization that provides hope for those suffering from pancreatic cancer and other pancreas-related diseases. Fox Chase is the only institution in the Philade...

Kwok-Kin Wong, MD, PhD, to Join NYU Langone as Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

The Perlmutter Cancer Center at New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center has named clinician-scientist Kwok-Kin Wong, MD, PhD, as its new Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology. His recruitment promises to transform the medical center’s research and clinical programs in lung cancer an...

Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD, Honored With Goizueta Chair for Cancer Research at Winship Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD, Deputy Director of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and Assistant Dean for Cancer Research in the Emory School of Medicine, was honored with the Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research. The endowment was established to support a key lead...

David Scadden, MD, to Present the 2016 ASH E. Donnall Thomas Lecture

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will honor David Scadden, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, with the 2016 E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize for his work on the bone marrow hematopoietic microenvironment. This lectureship and prize is named after the la...

ASH Honors Thalia Papayannopoulou, MD, With Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will recognize Thalia Papayannopoulou, MD, of the University of Washington, Seattle, with the 2016 Wallace H. Coulter Award for Lifetime Achievement in Hematology. Dr. Papayannopoulou will be honored for her innovative contributions to cutting-edge areas...

David Cella, PhD, Receives Lienhard Award from National Academy of Medicine

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

David Cella, PhD, Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control Research at the Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University, was awarded the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for his pioneering work to measure and apply patient-reported outcomes in health care. The award was presented at the N...

Two Big 10 Universities Compete in Challenge and Help Raise More Than $5.9 Million for Childhood Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

The first-ever Wolverine–Badger challenge between C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan (Wolverines) and the University of Wisconsin’s American Family Children’s Hospital (Badgers) helped raise more than $5.9 million for pediatric cancer research. An October 1 football game be...

José R. Conejo-Garcia, MD, PhD, Joins Moffitt as Co-Leader of Immunology Program, Chair of Department of Immunology

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

José R. Conejo-Garcia, MD, PhD, has joined Moffitt Cancer Center as Coleader of the Immunology Program and Chair of the Department of Immunology. The Immunology Program is focused on defining the regulation role of immune checkpoint molecules in tumor immune surveillance and in identifying new ...

Christine Mayr, MD, PhD, of Sloan Kettering Institute, Honored With NIH Director’s Pioneer Award

The ASCO Post  / November 10, 2016

Molecular biologist Christine Mayr, MD, PhD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Sloan Kettering Institute is among this year’s 12 recipients of the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award. Established in 2004, the annual award recognizes and supports individual scien...

Yanis Boumber, MD, PhD, Returns to Fox Chase, Department of Thoracic Oncology and Molecular Therapeutics Program

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2016

Yanis Boumber, MD, PhD, has joined the Department of Thoracic Medical Oncology and the Molecular Therapeutics Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Dr. Boumber first joined Fox Chase’s Department of Medical Oncology in 2013 and now returns to Fox Chase from the University of New Mexico Comprehen...

Nancy E. Davidson, MD, to Lead Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2016

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced that Nancy E. Davidson, MD, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Fred Hutchinson/University of Washington Cancer Consortium—1 of the 47 National Cancer Institute–designa...

Hematologic Malignancies

NCCN Issues New Clinical Practice Guidelines for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2016

Myeloproliferative neoplasms are a group of blood cancers characterized by significant symptoms and a high risk of transformation into acute leukemia. These cancers—myelofibrosis, essential thrombocythemia, and polycythemia vera—affect approximately 13,000; 134,000; and 148,000 patien...

German Society Salutes ‘Big Four’ for Pioneering Work in Women’s Health Care

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2016

Diethelm Wallwiener, MD, President of the German Society for Gynaecology and Obstetrics, announced “The Big Four of the Millennium” at the 61st Congress of the Society, held recently in Stuttgart, Germany. The award recognizes individuals’ whose work in the 20th century created the standards of wome...

Huntsman Cancer Institute Names Ben Tanner Executive Director

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2016

University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) has named Ben ­Tanner, Huntsman Cancer Institute’s current Director of Clinical Operations and Chief Operating Officer (COO), as the Institute’s Executive Director, replacing Ray Lynch, who is retiring after 13 years of service. Mr. Tanner has been COO of ...

UPMC Honors Stanley M. Marks, MD, With Endowed Chair in Hematology/Oncology Leadership

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) announced that Stanley M. Marks, MD, oncologist and advocate for cancer patients throughout the western Pennsylvania region, is being honored by the UPMC and his medical partners at Oncology Hematology Association (OHA) through the establishmen...

Mount Sinai and Thomas Jefferson University Researchers Receive Falk Foundation Grant to Study Uveal Melanoma

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2016

Uveal melanoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. Approximately 50% of patients with uveal melanoma will develop metastasis, most commonly to the liver. The disease can appear more than 10 years after the primary lesion has been removed, lying dormant for long periods. There are currentl...

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Sanger Institute, UK Agree to Full Exchange of Cancer Data

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2016

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK, have agreed to a full exchange of cancer mutation data to support the discovery and understanding of genetic mutations causing cancers. The agreement will provide regular updates and exchanges of data between both ins...

Sanford Research in South Dakota Receives NIH Grant in Head and Neck, Pediatric Cancers

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2016

The Cancer Biology Research Center at Sanford Research in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the recipient of a 5-year, nearly $11.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to translate laboratory research into clinical trials for head and neck and pediatric cancers. The grant was awa...

Cedars-Sinai Appoints Robert A. Figlin, MD, to Lead New Initiative to Integrate Cancer Care Across Health System

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2016

Cedars-Sinai recently announced it has appointed Robert A. Figlin, MD, to integrate research and clinical strategies across the organization in an effort to standardize cancer care and ensure optimal treatment of patients. Dr. Figlin will serve as Deputy Director of the Integrated Oncology Serv...

Lombardi’s Ruesch Center Policy Briefing Features Strategies to Reduce Costs

Caroline McNeil  / October 25, 2016

Two major developments in oncology—the dramatic success of some immunotherapies and targeted drugs and an equally dramatic rise in the cost of care—have created policy issues, more serious than ever, regarding access to care. It is a time “of extraordinary opportunities combined with inequitie...

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Selects Moffitt Cancer Center as One of Five Cell Therapies Processing Facilities

The ASCO Post  / October 25, 2016

Moffitt Cancer Center has been selected as a Cell Therapies Processing Facility by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. Moffitt is one of five institutions that make up the NHLBI’s Production Assistance for Cellular Therapies group. The f...

Friends of Cancer Research Honors Oncology Leaders at 20th Anniversary and Announces Partnership

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) celebrated its 20th anniversary September 21 at a special event in Washington, DC. The event honored Janet Woodcock, MD; Eric Lander, PhD; and Sean Parker. Dr. Woodcock, Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the U.S. Fo...

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, Receives AACR Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, funded by Susan G. Komen, honors an investigator whose novel and significant work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the etiology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, or prev...

Eric Fearon, MD, PhD, Named Director of University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

Eric Fearon, MD, PhD, has been named Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Fearon, the Emanuel N. Maisel Professor of Oncology at the University of Michigan, is a nationally recognized investigator in cancer genetics. His research has led to a greater understan...

Bishoy Faltas, MD, Joins Weill Cornell Medicine Hematology and Medical Oncology

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

On July 1, 2016, Bishoy Faltas, MD, joined the Genitourinary Oncology Program in the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine. As a laboratory-based physician-scientist, Dr. Faltas will focus on studying mechanisms of mutagenesis and drug resistance in bladder carci...

Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg Welcomes Samer Hijaz, MD

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg (RAF) has announced that Samer Hijaz, MD, a fellowship-trained interventional radiologist, has joined the practice. The interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons of the RAF serve patients at Virginia Interventional and Vascular Associates, the gro...

Salk Institute’s Clodagh O’Shea, PhD, Named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholar

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

Clodagh O’Shea, PhD, Associate Professor in the Salk Institute’s Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, is among the first recipients of a grant from the Faculty Scholars Program, a new partnership of Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Simons Found...

Breast Cancer

Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance Launches ‘Help Keep Me in the Picture’ Campaign

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

To raise awareness and support for those with metastatic breast cancer, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance launched its “Help Keep Me in the Picture” campaign. The campaign includes a social media initiative and a new microsite—KeepMeInThePicture.com—which shares stories from patients, health-car...

AMA Awards Research Grants to Advance the Study of Women in Medicine

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

Each September, the American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes influential women physician leaders as part of Women in Medicine Month. To showcase the accomplishments of these leaders, the AMA Women Physicians Section and the AMA Foundation (AMAF) have announced the winners of the 2016 Joan F. Gi...

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

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

ASCO presented Representative Michael Burgess, MD (TX-26) with its first-ever ASCO Congressional Leadership Award on September 21 to recognize his steadfast work to support policies related to cancer research and treatment. This new, annual award honors a member of Congress who is a consistent ...

Jacques Galipeau, MD, FRCP(C), Brings Personalized Stem Cell Treatment to UW Carbone

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

An international leader in harnessing a patient’s own stem cells to fight cancer and autoimmune diseases joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin (UW) Carbone Cancer Center on September 1. Jacques Galipeau, MD, FRCP(C), came from the Winship Cancer Center at Emory University, where he ...

Oncology Researchers, Clinicians Selected as Endocrine Society 2017 Laureate Award Winners

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

The Endocrine Society selected 14 leaders in the endocrinology field as winners of the organization’s prestigious 2017 Laureate Awards. Established in 1944, the Laureate Awards recognize the highest achievements in the endocrinology field. Three oncology leaders in particular were recognized for out...

Breast Cancer

Susan G. Komen Announces $27 Million Initiative to Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths in African American Community

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

The Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization gathered philanthropic, civic, medical, and business leaders in Washington, DC, September 14 to formally launch a $27 million, 10-city initiative to reduce breast cancer death rates among African American women. “African American women are almost 40% mo...

University of Michigan Cancer Center Names Four New Leaders

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

The University of Michigan (U-M) Comprehensive Cancer Center has appointed four new leaders to oversee the direction and operation of its research enterprise. Pavan Reddy, MD, Deputy Director Alnawaz Rehemtulla, PhD, Associate Director for Shared Resources Anne Schott, MD, Associate Director fo...

John Karanicolas, PhD, Joins the Fox Chase Cancer Center Molecular Therapeutics Program

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

John Karanicolas, PhD, has joined the Fox Chase Cancer Center as Associate Professor in the Molecular Therapeutics Program. Dr. Karanicolas, a computational chemist, earned his doctorate from the Scripps Research Institute. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washingt...

New Edition of The MD Anderson Manual of Medical Oncology

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

The third edition of The MD Anderson Manual of Medical Oncology was recently published, offering detailed updates on the personalized multidisciplinary approach to cancer management and treatment of common and rare cancers by specialists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The text...

Paul Jacobsen, PhD, Named Associate Director of National Cancer Institute Healthcare Delivery Research Program

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

Paul Jacobsen, PhD, has been named Associate Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Science’s Healthcare Delivery Research Program.  In this position, he will be leading a team at the NCI whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for the field o...

The University of Colorado Cancer Center Names Eric Clambey, PhD, Director of Flow Cytometry Shared Resource

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

The University of Colorado Cancer Center has named Eric Clambey, PhD, Director of the Flow Cytometry Shared Resource. Dr. Clambey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, is excited to assume his new role in a vital resource for the cancer center. “My research focuses on the d...

HHS Takes Steps to Provide More Information on Clinical Trials to the Public

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2016

To make information about clinical trials widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule on September 19 that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to ClinicalTrials.gov. T...

ASH Presents Charles Mullighan, MBBS (Hons), MD, With the 2016 William Dameshek Prize

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will present the 2016 William Dameshek Prize to Charles Mullighan, MBBS (Hons), MD, of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, for his leadership in defining the landscape of genetic alterations of acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), which has provided valu...

4th Annual Basser Global Prize Awarded to Women’s Cancer Geneticist Steven Narod, MD, FRCPC, PhD (hon), FRSC

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

The Basser Center for BRCA at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center has announced the recipient of the 2016 Basser Global Prize is cancer geneticist Steven Narod, MD, FRCPC, PhD (hon), FRSC, Director of the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit and a senior scientist at the Women’s College Hospital in T...

Julie E. Bauman, MD, MPH, Named Chief of Hematology/Oncology, Associate Director of Translational Research at UA Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

Julie E. Bauman, MD, MPH, a head and neck cancer specialist and physician-scientist, has been named Professor of Medicine and the new Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine–Tucson, as well as Associate Director of Translational Res...

Maha H. Hussain, MD, Joins the Lurie Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

Maha H. Hussain, MD, has joined the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University as the Associate Director for Clinical Sciences Research. Dr. Hussain will also serve as Co-Director of the Lurie Cancer Center’s Genitourinary Oncology Program, along with Edward Schaeffe...

Health-Care Policy
Legislation

FDA Takes Action Against 55 Tobacco Retailers for Selling Newly Regulated Products to Minors

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on September 15 that it has taken action against 55 tobacco retailers by issuing the first warning letters for selling newly regulated tobacco products—such as e-cigarettes, e-liquids, and cigars—to minors. These actions come about a month after ...

AACR and CEO Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc) Honored With PHL Life Sciences Ultimate Solution Award

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and its Chief Executive Officer, Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), were honored with the PHL Life Sciences Ultimate Solution Award for their significant contributions to and impact on the field of cancer research. The award is presented annually by PHL...

Stacey Ann Carter, MD, Joins Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, Department of Surgery at Baylor

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

Stacey Ann Carter, MD, has joined the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, part of the National Cancer Institute–designated Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine and the Department of Surgery as Assistant Professor. Dr. Carter joins the Breast Center team as a f...

Allison Aggon, DO, Joins Fox Chase Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

Allison Aggon, DO, has joined the Department of Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, focusing on breast surgery. Dr. Aggon comes to Fox Chase from Crozer-Keystone Health System-Delaware County, where she has practiced as a breast surgeon and served as Medical Director of the Center for...

Patricia LoRusso, DO, Named Chair of AACR’s Women in Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

Patricia LoRusso, DO, Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Associate Director of Innovative Medicine at Yale Cancer Center, has been named Chair of the Women in Cancer Research (WICR) Council of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). WICR is a membership group within the ...

Jeff Allen, PhD, Named Friends’ First CEO

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) has announced that its Executive Director, Jeff Allen, PhD, will assume the role of President and CEO of the organization. Friends’ founder, Ellen ­Sigal, PhD, will continue with the organization as Board Chair. Dr. Allen will become the day-to-day lead of F...

Ainel Sewell, MD, to Lead Houston Methodist Breast Care Center

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

Ainel Sewell, MD, has been named the Medical Director of the Breast Care Center at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. Dr. Sewell is a board-certified radiologist specializing in breast imaging. “Being asked to lead the breast care center at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is an inc...

Bassel El-Rayes, MD, to Hold John Kauffman Family Professorship at Winship

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

Bassel F. El-Rayes, MD, Associate Director of Clinical Research at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, was selected to hold the John Kauffman Family Professorship for Pancreatic Cancer Research. The new position was created to support an outstanding leader in the field of pancreatic c...

2016 Lasker Awards Honor Scientists for Basic and Clinical Medical Research, Special Achievement

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation has announced the winners of the 2016 Lasker Awards for medical science: William G. ­Kaelin, MD; ­Peter J. Ratcliffe, MD, FRCP, FMedSci, FRS; and Gregg L. ­Semenza, MD, PhD for basic medical research; Ralf F.W. Bartenschlager, ...

Michael Maitland, MD, PhD, Named Director of Therapeutics for the Inova Center for Personalized Health

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

Inova Health System is pleased to welcome Michael Maitland, MD, PhD, where he will serve as the new Director of Therapeutics for the Inova Center for Personalized Health and as Associate Director of Cancer Therapeutics for the Inova Schar Cancer Institute.  Dr. Maitland comes to Inova from the...

Emily L. Sedgwick, MD, Receives Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

Emily L. Sedgwick, MD, Associate Professor of Breast Imaging in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, part of the National Cancer Institute–designated Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Ac...

Learn How to Implement the Psychosocial Distress Screening Quality Care Standard at the 2017 APOS Annual Conference

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

The National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded Psychosocial Distress Program is an educational program desgined to train cancer care clinicians over 2 years to develop, implement, and maintain comprehensive psychosocial distress screening programs. The 1st year of the Screening for Psychosocial Distres...

James Morgan, PhD, Named Scientific Director at St. Jude

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has named James Morgan, PhD, Scientific Director and Executive Vice President. Dr. Morgan held the Interim Scientific Director post since 2015 and was formerly Chair of the Department of Developmental Neurobiology. As Scientific Director, Dr. Morgan will o...

AACI Names Three New Members to Board of Directors

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

The Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) has announced the election of Karen E. Knudsen, PhD; ­Norman Sharpless, MD; and Eduardo ­Sotomayor, MD, to the AACI Board of Directors. The new Directors’ 3-year terms will start on October 23, 2016, during the AACI/ Cancer Center Administrators F...

Matti Aapro, MD, Awarded MASCC’s Distinguished Service Award

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

Matti Aapro, MD, has been selected as the recipient of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer’s (MASCC) 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The Award recognizes meritorious achievement and outstanding contributions to the Society and its mission. Candidates are nominated by th...

President Obama Names Margaret Spitz, MPH, to National Cancer Advisory Board

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

Margaret Spitz, MPH, Professor in the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, has been appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB). A renowned expert in molecular epidem...

Appointments and Awards at the 2016 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

At the 2016 Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology (MASCC/ISOO) International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer in Adelaide, Australia, a new President of the organization was announced, and numerous awards were given to outstanding researc...

Breast Cancer
Survivorship

Weight Watchers and the American Cancer Society Launch Initiative to Support Holistic Health for Breast Cancer Survivors

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

Weight Watchers International, Inc, has launched Project LIFT—Live Inspired, Fight Together—a new movement, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, to inspire and guide breast cancer survivors with free resources focused on tackling the unexpected weight gain that can follow breast cancer...

Ronald McDonald House New York Names Ruth C. Browne, SD, MPP, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

Ronald McDonald House New York has announced that Ruth C. Browne, SD, MPP, MPH, has been selected as President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization. Dr. Browne joins Ronald McDonald House New York from the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, where she served as CEO since 2004. Sh...

Issues in Oncology
Cost of Care

ESMO Publishes Results of European Consortium Study on the Availability of Antineoplastic Medicines

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

A major new study has found substantial differences in the formulary availability, out-of-pocket costs, and actual availability of anticancer medicines across Europe. The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) European Consortium Study on the Availability of Antineoplastic Medicines was publis...

George Q. Daley, MD, PhD, Named Dean for Faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

George Q. Daley, MD, PhD, a leader in stem cell science and cancer biology whose work spans the fields of basic science and clinical medicine, will become the next Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He will begin his duties on January 1, 2017. Dr. Daley is currently Pro...

American Society of Hematology Recognizes Laurence Boxer, MD, and Ralph Nachman, MD, for Outstanding Mentorship

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will honor Laurence Boxer, MD, and Ralph Nachman, MD, with 2016 Mentor Awards at the 58th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, California, for their sustained, outstanding commitment to the training and career development of early-career hemat...

Issues in Oncology
Health-Care Policy
Legislation

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Report Shows States Are Making Progress Implementing Policies to Reduce Toll of Cancer

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

While a majority of states are still missing important opportunities to pass and implement legislative solutions proven to prevent and fight cancer, progress is being made to move the nation closer to ending cancer as we know it, according to a report recently released by the American Cancer Society...

New Appointments to Fox Chase Cancer Center Department of Medicine

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

Fox Chase Cancer Center recently announced two new appointments in its Department of Medicine. Christopher J. Manley, MD Christopher J. Manley, MD, has joined Fox Chase Cancer Center as the Director of Interventional Pulmonology in the Department of ­Medicine. “Dr. Manley’s expertise in pulm...

Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor Launches Specialty Team for Comprehensive Esophageal Cancer Care

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

The National Cancer Institute–designated Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine has formed a new multispecialty group to provide expert, state-of-the-art esophageal cancer care, from assessing risk, screening, and prevention to diagnosis, treatment, and posttreatment...

ECOG-ACRIN Group Co-Chair Robert L. Comis, MD, to Step Down in 2019

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2016

The ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group (ECOG-ACRIN) announced that Robert L. Comis, MD, Professor of Medicine at Drexel University, is stepping down from his position as Group Co-Chair of the organization. His departure, effective February 28, 2019, will coincide with the end of ECOG-ACRIN’s curr...

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

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2016

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

Cancer Research Institute to Honor Three Scientists for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Immunotherapy Research

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2016

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI), a nonprofit organization established in 1953 to advance biomedical research with the goal of developing lifesaving immunotherapies for all forms of cancer, will bestow its highest honors on three scientists who have made fundamental contributions to the fields of...

Indiana University School of Medicine Receives $2 Million Gift

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2016

The children of Indianapolis philanthropists Sidney and Lois ­Eskenazi have made a $2 million gift to the Indiana University School of Medicine to be used to recruit a highly accomplished researcher focused on discovering new ways to treat, diagnose, and prevent cancer. The gift, to honor their...

Molly E. Collins, MD, Joins the Fox Chase–Temple University Hospital Pain and Palliative Care Program

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2016

Molly E. Collins, MD, has joined the Department of Hematology/Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, providing additional physician support for the Fox Chase Cancer Center–Temple University Hospital Pain and Palliative Care Program. She assumed this position on August 1, 2016. “We’re very excite...

Pitt Receives $62.3 Million, 5-Year NIH Award to Speed Up Translational Scientific Research Into Implementable Solutions

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) will receive nearly $62.3 million over 5 years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to broaden its mission of speeding translation of scientific research into realistic treatments for the people who need them. ...

Moffitt Cancer Center Receives Two NCI Grants to Further Prostate Cancer, Biomarker Research

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2016

Moffitt Cancer Center researchers recently received two National Cancer Institute (NCI) grants to further research in two areas of study: bone metastasis in prostate cancer and imaging biomarkers for early cancers. Moffitt Cancer Center researchers David ­Basanta, PhD, and Conor Lynch, P...

Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and The Wistar Institute Partner to Expand Research in Gene Editing

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2016

To accelerate breakthrough cancer research in the human genome, the Gene Editing Institute at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute has entered into an agreement with The Wistar Institute. The agreement expands the historic partnership between the Graham Cancer Cen...

Pancreatic Cancer

AACR, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Awards Research Grants to Early-Career Investigators

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2016

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network awarded nine grants to outstanding scientists who will undertake novel research in the field of pancreatic cancer. “By recruiting the brightest scientists with the most novel ideas, we continue to...

ASTRO Awards $275,000 in Grants to Support Early Career Researchers in Radiation Oncology

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2016

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has selected four early career scientists to receive a total of $275,000 in research awards, including one winner of the ASTRO Junior Faculty Career Research Training Award and three recipients of ASTRO Resident/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Resear...

Supportive Care
Integrative Oncology

Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare Launches New Education and Training Programs

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2016

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare recently announced the launch of two comprehensive educational offerings informed by the Compassionate, Collaborative Care—“The Triple C”—Framework, a new interdisciplinary model focused on improving quality and outcomes.  The new educ...

Four Young Scientists Receive Damon Runyon–Sohn Pediatric Cancer Research Fellowship Awards

The ASCO Post  / August 25, 2016

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has named four outstanding young scientists as recipients of the prestigious Damon ­Runyon–Sohn Pediatric Cancer Research Fellowship Award, committing nearly $1 million to help address a critical shortage of funding for pediatric cancer research. The Fell...

10 New ASTRO Fellows Named in 10th Anniversary of FASTRO Designation

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

Ten distinguished members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) have been named ASTRO Fellows, in the 10th anniversary year that the designation has been awarded. The 2016 class of Fellows will be recognized at an awards ceremony during ­ASTRO’s 58th Annual Meeting, to be held Septe...

Rajeswari Nagarathinam, MD, Joins Department of Pathology at Fox Chase Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

Rajeswari Nagarathinam, MD, has joined the Department of Pathology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, focusing on both surgical pathology and cytopathology. Dr. Nagarathinam is currently completing a surgical oncologic pathology fellowship at Fox Chase. Dr. Nagarathinam is a licensed, board-certified...

Abhishek Aphale, MD, Joins Department of Dermatology at Fox Chase Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

Abhishek Aphale, MD, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Dr. Aphale earned his medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of Rutgers University. He completed his residency training at the University of Michigan and a Procedural Derm...

Andrew Olshan, PhD, Elected President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

Andrew Olshan, PhD, Associate Director of Population Sciences and Co-Leader of the Epidemiology Program at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been elected President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the oldest and largest general epidemiology society in North America. He will...

OmniSeq Receives New York CLEP Approval for 144-Gene Comprehensive Panel, Partners With Cure Forward

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

OmniSeq, a subsidiary of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, received New York State Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (CLEP) approval for its OmniSeq Comprehensive panel, a 144-gene, pan-cancer, next-generation sequencing tumor-profiling diagnostic panel to guide oncology treatment decision-making....

13 Mid-Career Clinical Investigators Receive 2016 NCI Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

At the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee (CTAC) meeting held on July 13, 2016, 13 recipients were presented with the 2016 NCI Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award (CCITLA). The award recognizes and supports outstanding mid-ca...

NCI Awards $12 Million for Multi-Institution Breast Cancer Genetics Study

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

A large study headed by researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), Vanderbilt University, and Boston University received $12 million in funding to examine why African American women die at a higher rate from breast cancer and have more aggressive bre...

Maryland Proton Treatment Center Appoints Charles B. Simone II, MD, New Medical Director

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

Charles B. Simone II, MD, has been named the new Medical Director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC). Dr. Simone will begin work in November 2016. As Medical Director, Dr. Simone will continue to define and implement processes ensuring that MPTC is integrated into the radiation onc...

NCCN Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria to Be Integrated Into National Decision Support Company’s CareSelect Imaging

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) is collaborating with National Decision Support Company (NDSC) to integrate the NCCN Imaging Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) into NDSC’s CareSelect Imaging to allow for access to imaging recommendations, adapted from the NCCN Clinical P...

Leukemia

Juno Therapeutics to Resume JCAR015 Phase II ROCKET Trial After FDA Clinical Hold

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

Juno Therapeutics, Inc., announced on July 12, 2016, that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has removed the clinical hold on the phase II clinical trial of JCAR015 (known as the ROCKET trial; clinicaltrials.gov identifier NCT02535364) in adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell ac...

ASH Commits $3 Million Annually to Help Preserve Critical Blood Disease Research

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

With a $3 million annual commitment to support promising blood disease research amid limited National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) has announced the formal establishment of the ASH Bridge Grant program after an extended 4-year pilot study. ASH also an...

Lung Cancer

David LeDuc Named Executive Director of Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) has announced that it has appointed David LeDuc as its new Executive Director. Mr. LeDuc most recently served as the Senior Director of Strategic Alliances for the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI), a partner foundation to ALCF, w...

Julienne Bower, PhD, Named Professor of Psychobiology in Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

The Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) announced that Julienne Bower, PhD, Co-Director of the JCCC Patients and Survivors Program, Professor of Psycholog...

ASTRO Members Elect Five New Officers to Board of Directors

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

Members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology ­(ASTRO) have elected five new officers to the Society’s Board of Directors, including President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer-Elect, and Vice-Chairs of three of ASTRO’s five councils (Clinical Affairs and Quality, Education, and Government Relatio...

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Appoints Four Leaders to Its Scientific and Medical Advisory Board

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2016

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has added four leaders from across the country to its Scientific and Medical Advisory Board.  “Members of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Scientific and Medical Advisory Board have committed their careers to change the course of a deadly and complex disease...

Brachytherapy Pioneer Haakon Ragde, MD, Chosen as ASTRO 2016 Honorary Member

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2016

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has selected Haakon Ragde, MD, as its 2016 Honorary Member, the highest honor ASTRO confers on distinguished cancer researchers, scientists, and leaders in disciplines other than radiation oncology, radiobiology, or radiation physics. Dr. Ragd...

HHS Announces Physician Groups Selected for Initiative Promoting Better Cancer Care

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2016

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that it has selected nearly 200 physician group practices and 17 health insurance companies to participate in a care delivery model that supports and encourages higher quality and more coordinated cancer care. The Medicare arm of t...

Stanford Cancer Institute Designated NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2016

The Stanford Cancer Institute has been designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a part of the National Institutes of Health. The designation is recognition of the Institute’s robust and integrated programs encompassing laboratory research, clini...

Fentanyl Nasal Spray Now Available at a Dose of 300 µg for Treatment of Breakthrough Cancer Pain

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2016

Fentanyl (Lazanda) nasal spray, a schedule II narcotic, is now available at a 300-µg dose to treat breakthrough cancer pain, offering physicians another titration option for dosing flexibility. The new strength can help physicians more easily and accurately target the appropriate dose for patients, ...

ASCO Outlines Opposition to Medicare Part B Demo for Senate Finance Hearing

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2016

ASCO voiced its strong opposition to the proposed Medicare Part B demonstration project in comments submitted on June 28 for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing, “Examining the Proposed Medicare Part B Drug Demonstration.” ASCO underscored the urgent need to advance a fairer and more responsib...

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Appoints 2016–2017 Board Members, Including Microsoft CEO and Former Governor of Washington

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2016

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center announced the appointment of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to its Board of Trustees. He is among five new board members at Fred Hutch, a Seattle-based pioneer in advancing groundbreaking research to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer and related diseases. ...

Dean Lee, MD, PhD, to Lead Cell Therapy Programs at Nationwide Childrens and OSUCCC–James

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2016

Dean Lee, MD, PhD, has been named the Director of the Cellular Therapy and Cancer Immunotherapy Program for Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Division of Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant and Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases. Dr. Lee will also serve as the Director of...

Rajesh K. Garg, MD, JD, Named President, CEO of CTCA

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2016

Rajesh K. Garg, MD, JD, is now President and CEO of Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global, Inc (CTCA). The announcement was made by CTCA earlier this spring. Dr. Garg, who started this new position on June 20, 2016, will also serve as a member of the company’s national Board of Directors. ...

David Bartels, DO, Joins Summit Cancer Center–Post Falls

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2016

David Bartels, DO, will be joining Summit Cancer Center–Post Falls as a medical oncologist effective August 1, 2016, leaving his current position as a medical oncologist with Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Summit Cancer Centers, associated with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, now pr...

University of Kansas School of Medicine Names Allen M. Chen, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology Chair

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2016

Allen M. Chen, MD, has been appointed the new Joe and Jean Brandmeyer Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He will join the faculty on October 1, 2016. Dr. Chen will succeed Terry Tsue, MD, the Douglas A. Girod, MD, Endowed Professor of ...

NCCN Publishes New Patient Education Resources About Myelodysplastic Syndromes

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2016

To provide insight on myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) for patients and caregivers, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has published the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® and NCCN Quick Guide™ for MDS. These resources are provided through funding from the NCCN Foundation® and, in part, th...

Jeffrey Demanes, MD, Receives Ulrich Henschke Award From the American Brachytherapy Society

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2016

Jeffrey Demanes, MD, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center member and Director of the high-dose–rate brachytherapy program at UCLA, has been selected to receive the prestigious Ulrich Henschke Award, in recognition of his dedication and commitment to t...

The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation Gives $1 Million to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for Immunotherapy Research

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2016

The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation has presented a gift of $1 million to support the Shirley Sadoff Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Research Acceleration Network 2 Grant. The grant will support a large, multicenter phase II clinical trial studying an immunotherapeutic approach in patients with m...

W.K. Alfred Yung, MD, Joins National Brain Tumor Society

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2016

National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) has announced the appointment of W.K. Alfred Yung, MD, as Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Dr. Yung, the outgoing Chair of the Neuro-Oncology Department at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will play an important role in ...

ASCO Names Founding Editor-in-Chief of JCO Precision Oncology

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2016

ASCO recently announced the appointment of James M. Ford, MD, as Editor-in-Chief of the Society’s new journal, JCO Precision Oncology. Dr. Ford will set the scope and vision for the online-only journal, which will publish scientific and educational content that provides a deeper understanding o...

AACR Awards Four Inaugural NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2016

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) congratulates the four recipients of the inaugural NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research. The recipients were honored at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016, held April 16–20 in New Orleans. “The AACR is very proud to announce the first reci...

MMRF Founder Kathy Giusti to Co-Chair Harvard Business School/Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2016

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), a leader in precision medicine, has announced that its founder Kathy Giusti has been appointed Faculty Co-Chair of the Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator at Harvard Business School (HBS). Ms. Giusti will lead the Harvard Business School Kraft ...

Recent Staff Announcements at Fox Chase Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2016

Philip A. Pancari, MD, has joined the Department of Hematology/Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, providing additional physician support for the Fox Chase Cancer Center–Temple University Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program. “Having worked at Fox Chase for the past 3 years as a hema...

Four NCI-Designated Cancer Centers Collaborate to Establish Research Consortium

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2016

The Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, The Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center, the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, and The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have annou...

U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center Receives $17.5 Million Commitment, Will Create New Institute

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2016

The University of Michigan (U-M) Board of Regents announced a $17.5 million commitment for cancer research from Madeline and Sidney Forbes of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. This gift will create the Forbes Institute for Cancer Discovery within the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition, the Forb...

Erika P. Hamilton, MD, Named Director of Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2016

Sarah Cannon has announced the promotion of Erika P. Hamilton, MD, to Director of the institution’s Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program. Over the past 3 years, Dr. Hamilton has been instrumental in the growth and success of the program. “Erika has quickly become a recognized thought...

ASH and LLS Announce AML Awareness and Education Collaboration

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2016

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) are teaming up to raise awareness and provide education about the need for new treatments for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). AML is a complex group of approximately 20 different types of blood cancers with a very ...

Andrew L. Kung, MD, PhD, Named Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2016

Andrew L. Kung, MD, PhD, has been named the new Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Dr. Kung most recently served as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation at NewYork–Presbyterian/Morgan St...

Ann G. Schwartz, PhD, MPH, Elected to ILCCO Steering Committee

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2016

Ann G. Schwartz, PhD, MPH, Deputy Center Director and Executive Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, was recently elected to a 3...

David Spigel, MD, Appointed as Sarah Cannon Chief Scientific Officer

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

Sarah Cannon announced the promotion of David Spigel, MD, as Chief Scientific Officer. The new appointment supports the continuous expansion of clinical research and drug development programs, which provides patients with access to novel therapies at the earliest stages. As Chief Scientific Of...

NCCN Awards Research Grants to Support Studies of Mirvetuximab Soravtansine in Various Cancers

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) Oncology Research Program (ORP) has awarded eight grants to investigators to support clinical and preclinical studies of mirvetuximab soravtansine (IMGN853) and advance scientific knowledge of its uses in ovarian and other folate receptor alpha (FRα)...

Global Oncology Appoints Donna Barry as First Executive Director

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

Nonprofit Global Oncology, Inc (GO) has announced that Donna Barry has been appointed to be its first Executive Director, effective immediately. U.S. and global investments in improving cancer outcomes are minimal—in 2011, only 1.2% of total development assistance for global health was focused...

Cancer Treatment Centers of America Names Rajesh K. Garg, MD, JD, as President and CEO

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global, Inc. (CTCA) has announced that Rajesh Garg, MD, JD, a highly regarded health-care industry leader with more than 25 years of experience across the health-care spectrum, will become its President and CEO. His appointment was effective June 20, 2016. He...

Five Early-Career Cancer Researchers Selected as Pew-Stewart Scholars

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust have announced the 2016 class of Pew-Stewart scholars for cancer research. Five scientists from top research institutions in the United States were selected for their dedication to pursuing innovative leads aimed at finding a cu...

Three Leaders in Radiation Oncology Awarded the ASTRO Gold Medal

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

Three leaders in radiation oncology have been named recipients of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Gold Medal. Benedick A. Fraass, PhD, FASTRO; ­Christopher G. Willett, MD, FASTRO; and ­Anthony L. Zietman, MD, FASTRO; will be recognized at an awards ceremony during ­ASTRO’s 58th A...

Katherine L. Nathanson, MD, Receives AACR’s Frohlich Visiting Professorship

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

Katherine L. Nathanson, MD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania, has received the 2015 Frohlich Visiting Professorship through the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)....

VUMC Designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic ca...

Peter S. Conti, MD, PhD, Receives SNMMI 2016 Paul C. Aebersold Award for Outstanding Achievement in Basic Nuclear Medicine Science

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

Peter S. Conti, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering, and Director of the Molecular Imaging Center at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, has been named the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Paul C. Aebersold Awar...

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Names Michael Dyer, PhD, Chair of Developmental Neurobiology

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has named Michael Dyer, PhD, Chair of the Department of Developmental Neurobiology. “A true visionary in his field, Dr. Dyer is a remarkable scientist who has worked tirelessly to unravel some of the long-held mysteries of childhood cancer,” said James R. ...

St. Jude Is First U.S. Children’s Hospital to Earn CAP ISO15189 Accreditation

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

The St. Jude Department of Pathology has received accreditation to the ISO15189 standard under the College of American Pathologists (CAP) 15189SM Accreditation Program. St. Jude is the first children’s hospital in the nation to be accredited under this program. The accreditation is based on the Int...

Newly Launched Genomic Data Commons to Facilitate Data and Clinical Information Sharing

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

The Genomic Data Commons (GDC), a unified data system that promotes sharing of genomic and clinical data among researchers, was launched on June 6 with a visit from Vice President Joe Biden to the operations center at the University of Chicago. An initiative of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), t...

Ohio State Names Timothy Pawlik, MD, MPH, PhD, Chair of Surgery and Chair for Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has appointed a nationally recognized surgeon and liver cancer expert to lead its surgical and surgical oncology programs. Timothy Pawlik, MD, MPH, PhD, will be the Chair of the Medical Center’s Department of Surgery, as well as The Urban Meyer II...

Taubman Prize Jointly Awarded to Suzanne L. Topalian, MD, and Jedd D. Wolchok, MD, PhD, for Groundbreaking Work in Cancer Immunotherapy

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

Two clinician-scientists whose groundbreaking work has shown how the human body’s own immune system can fend off cancer will share the 2016 $100,000 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science, the University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute announced. Su...

AMA Announces Board of Trustees for 2016–2017

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

The American Medical Association (AMA) has introduced the 21 members of its Board of Trustees for the coming year, following elections held during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Andrew W. Gurman, MD, an orthopedic hand surgeon, was sworn in as the 171st President of the AMA. In l...

Pancreatic Cancer

Precision Medicine Clinical Trial for Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer Now Open at Multiple Sites

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

The first clinical trial to compare standard-of-care chemotherapy with molecularly tailored therapy (also known as precision medicine) for metastatic pancreatic cancer is now enrolling patients at multiple sites around the country. Patients who have been treated with one round of chemotherapy for m...

Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LLD, Appointed to National Cancer Advisory Board

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2016

President Barack Obama has tapped Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LLD, Georgetown University Professor and Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law, to serve as a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB). He will serve a 6-year term. T...

University of Catania Presents Margaret Foti Scholar-in-Training Award to Saverio Candido, PhD

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) congratulates Saverio Candido, PhD, on receiving the fourth Margaret Foti Scholar-in-Training Award from the University of Catania in Italy. Dr. Candido is being recognized for his research on biomarkers of bladder cancer development and progressio...

Issues in Oncology

ASCO Applauds the FDA for Regulating E-Cigarettes

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

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

Lisa A. Carey, MD, and Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, Appointed Co-Chairs of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Breast Committee

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

Lisa A. Carey, MD, of the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, have been appointed Co-Chairs of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Breast Committee. The Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology develops and conducts can...

AACR CEO Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), Honored With Ovarcome Excellence Award

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), has received the Ovarcome Excellence 2016 Award in recognition of her accomplishments in the field of cancer research, and her commitment to increasing public awareness about cancer and...

Patient Advocate Michael Kaplan to Lead Melanoma Research Alliance

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the world’s largest private funder of melanoma research, has named Michael Kaplan as its new leader. For the past 20 years, Mr. ­Kaplan has headed various nonprofits and patient advocacy groups, including his most recent position as President and CEO of Was...

Richard J. O’Reilly, MD, Named The Society of MSK’s Inaugural Prize Winner for Groundbreaking Contributions in Pediatric Oncology

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has announced that Richard J. O’Reilly, MD, has been named the inaugural recipient of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Prize. Founded in 1946, The Society of MSK is a volunteer-led organization within MSK dedicated to promoting ...

QOPI Certification Program Certifies First International Practice

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

ASCO recently 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 the QOPI Certification Program, LLC (QCP). “Achievi...

Stephen K. Burley, MD, DPhil, Named Co–Program Leader at Rutgers

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

Stephen K. Burley, MD, DPhil, has been named as Co–Program Leader of the Cancer Pharmacology Research Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. This basic science program unites investigators with broad scientific expertise who share a strong interest in cancer pharmacology and preclinical ...

Peter H. Wiernik, MD, Receives 2016 Walter Reed Distinguished Achievement Award From UVA Medical

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

The University of Virgina (UVA) Medical Alumni Association has recognized Peter H. Wiernik, MD, as co-recipient of its 2016 Walter Reed Distinguished Achievement Award. Dr. Wiernik received the award along with Charles W. Cummings, MD, former Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and N...

ASCO 2016: CancerLinQ Extends Its Reach, Announces New Partnerships

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016  / 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting

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

Issues in Oncology

American Cancer Society Report Assesses Progress Against Goals Set for Nation 25 Years Ago

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

A new report assesses how the nation fared against the ambitious goal set by the American Cancer Society (ACS) to reduce cancer death rates by 50% over 25 years ending in 2015. The report finds areas where progress was substantial, and others where it was not. Published by Byers et al,1 the rep...

Skin Cancer

Multi-Institutional Metastatic Melanoma Research Team Receives $900,000 L’Oréal Paris USA–MRA Team Science Award for Women in Scientific Research

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

An international, multi-institutional research team consisting of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO); The Wistar Institute; Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre; the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been...

Skin Cancer

Jeffrey Sosman, MD, Joins Northwestern’s Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

Jeffrey Sosman, MD, melanoma expert and researcher, will join the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University as Co-Leader of the Translational Research in Solid Tumors (TRIST) Program and Director of the Melanoma Program. He will also serve as Director for Faculty Develop...

Health-Care Policy

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

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

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

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Hires Steve Stadum as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has announced the hiring of Steve Stadum as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Stadum, currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute, will join Fred Hutchinson as...

Gynecologic Cancers

Ronald David Alvarez, MD, Named Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

Ronald David Alvarez, MD, Ellen Gregg Shook Culverhouse Chair in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), has been named Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt Univ...

Health-Care Policy

Statement From FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, on the Release of the Final Individual Patient Expanded Access Form

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

On June 2, 2016, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, issued the following statement on the release of the final individual patient expanded access form.  “Today, the FDA finalized its efforts to streamline the process used by physicians to request expanded access...

HOPA Research Grants Announced, Totaling Nearly $60,000 in Funding

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

The Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) has awarded two HOPA Research Grant Awards to Val Adams, PharmD, BCOP, FCCP, and Jill S. Bates, ­PharmD, MS, BCOP, for their respective research projects. The goal of ­HOPA’s Research Grant efforts are to fund work that results in facilit...

Dana-Farber President to Receive SPARK! Award for Health Promotion

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) announced its selections for the 2016 SPARK! Awards. Edward J. Benz, Jr, MD, President and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will receive the 2016 Schweitzer Clarion Award for Health Promotion and Education. Dr. Benz is being honored for bringing atten...

University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center Designated as NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center has been awarded the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) highest designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. The prestigious distinction recognizes the cancer center’s high caliber of scientific leadership and robust programs ...

Cheryl Taylore Lee, MD, Named Urology Chair at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has named a prominent expert in bladder cancer, Cheryl Taylore Lee, MD, to lead its urology, uro/gynecology, and uro/oncologic programs, beginning July 1, pending approval by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees. Dr. Lee will be Chair of t...

AUA Honors Its 2016 Annual Award Winners

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

The American Urological Association (AUA) honored its 2016 AUA award recipients during its 111th Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calfornia. These physician researchers, educators, and organizations were honored for their contributions to the field of medicine, the specialty of urology, and the AUA. Th...

Philip A. Salem, MD, Honored by President of Mexico for Cancer Care

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

Oncologist Philip A. Salem MD, Director Emeritus of Cancer Research at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, was honored as a physician and author on April 28 by the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto and his government for Dr. Salem’s lifelong commitment to cancer care worldwide. Dr. ...

Yale Researchers Win Sokoloff Family-Melanoma Research Alliance Award

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

A new approach to understanding why T cells are often too weak to fight and destroy tumor cells has earned Yale Cancer Center researchers team science award from the ­Sokoloff Family-Melanoma Research Alliance. The $900,000 award will fund research over 3 years examining metabol...

MD Anderson Receives $10.6 Million From CPRIT for Lung Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will receive $10.6 million in funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for two collaborative studies targeting crucial issues in lung cancer. The two multi-investigator research awards, designed to support teams of ...

FDA Approves EGFR Mutation–Detecting Blood Test for NSCLC

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2, a blood-based companion diagnostic for the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor erlotinib (Tarceva). This is the first FDA-approved, blood-based genetic test that can detect EGFR gene mut...

AACR Inducts 2016 Class of Fellows of the AACR Academy

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has announced its 11 newly elected Fellows of the AACR Academy. The AACR Academy serves to recognize and honor distinguished scientists whose major scientific contributions have propelled significant innovation and progress against cancer. All Fel...

Andrew Bindman, MD, Named New AHRQ Director

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

Andrew Bindman, MD, a primary care physician with federal and state health policy experience who has practiced, taught, and conducted health services research at San Francisco General Hospital, has been named the new Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Bindman...

Lifang Hou, MD, PhD, Named Director of Global Health at the Lurie Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

Lifang Hou, MD, PhD, has been appointed Director of Global Health for the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Dr. Hou brings her extensive experience in identifying risk factors and molecular biomarkers predictive of cancer risk and mortality, her interest in...

Al B. Benson III, MD, Elected President of the National Patient Advocate Foundation Executive Board

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

Al B. Benson III, MD, Associate Director for Cooperative Groups at the Lurie Cancer Center, has been elected President of the National Patient Advocate Foundation’s (NPAF) Executive Board. An oncologist and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Feinberg School of M...

Suresh Senan, MRCP, FRCR, PhD, Receives 2016 Heine H. Hansen Award

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) have announced the 2016 Heine H. Hansen (HHH) Award recipient: Suresh Senan, MRCP, FRCR, PhD. The award was presented at the European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC) 2016, held ...

NIH Appoints Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, to Lead the NLM

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. ­Collins, MD, PhD, has named ­Patricia Flatley ­Brennan, RN, PhD, Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and the producer of digital information services used by scientists, he...

Brian Czerniecki, MD, PhD, Named Chair of Breast Oncology at Moffitt

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

Moffitt Cancer Center has announced that Brian Czerniecki, MD, PhD, has joined the faculty and will serve as the Chair and a member of the Department of Breast Oncology. Dr. Czerniecki is recognized for his contribution to the development of sentinel lymph node mapping. He joins Moffitt after ...

Robert S. Langer, ScD, Receives 2016 AACR-Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lectureship

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored Robert S. Langer, ScD, with the 2016 AACR-Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lectureship at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016, held in New Orleans, on April 16–20. The AACR-Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lectureship was e...

$200 Million Gift Launches Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

Technology entrepreneur Larry Ellison has donated $200 million to establish the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), a new center in Los Angeles that will combine interdisciplinary research with the holistic prevention and treatmen...

Mary Jackson Scroggins Receives 2016 AACR Distinguished Public Service Award

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored Mary “Dicey” Jackson Scroggins with the 2016 AACR Distinguished Public Service Award as part of the Opening Ceremony for the AACR Annual Meeting 2016, held in New Orleans on April 16–20, 2016. She was recognized for her long-standing advoca...

CancerLinQ Completes Agreements With 36 ‘Vanguard’ Practices

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

CancerLinQ LLC announced on April 21 that it has completed agreements with 36 oncology practices from around the country to begin implementing CancerLinQ™, the groundbreaking health information technology platform that will harness big data analytics to help oncologists rapidly improve high-quality ...

Hepatobiliary Cancer

$3 Million NCI Grant Awarded to Study Links Between Liver Cancer and HIV

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

Vincent Lo Re, MD, MSCE, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and Amy Justice, MD, PhD, Professor of General Medicine and Public Health at Yale School of Public Health, have been ...

William J. Gradishar, MD, FACP, Named Deputy Director for Lurie Cancer Center Clinical Network

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

William J. Gradishar, MD, FACP, has been appointed Deputy Director for the Clinical Network of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Network of Northwestern University. In this new role, Dr. Gradishar will oversee the coordination of clinical cancer services within Lurie Cancer Center’s af...

ASCO Recognizes 2016 Recipients of FASCO Distinction

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2016

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

Waun Ki Hong, MD, Receives 10th AACR Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2016

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored Waun Ki Hong, MD, with the 10th annual Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research at the 2016 AACR Annual Meeting, held in New Orleans, April 16–20. The Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and ...

Robert Weinberg, PhD, Receives AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2016

Robert Weinberg, PhD, was honored for his seminal contributions to cancer research and cancer biology with the 13th annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research at the 2016 AACR Annual Meeting, held in New Orleans, April 16–20. The AA...

Legislation

ASH Meets With Officials, Provides Recommendations for the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2016

On April 26, 2016, American Society of Hematology (ASH) President Charles S. Abrams, MD, shared the following statement: “Today ASH met with the White House to share scientific recommendations for the National Cancer Moonshot, an initiative spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden that aims to make ...

Breast Cancer

Sheldon M. Feldman, MD, Named President of ASBrS

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2016  / 2016 Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons

Sheldon M. Feldman, MD, was named President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) at the organization’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas.  Dr. Feldman is the Chief of Breast Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and the Vivian L. Milstein Associate...

Chief Research Officer Named at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2016

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has announced Lynn Matrisian, PhD, MBA, as inaugural Chief Research Officer for the organization. Dr. Matrisian was promoted from Vice President of Scientific and Medical Affairs, where she has served since 2011. “To meet our aggressive goal to double survi...

Sixteen Leaders in Breast Cancer Research Join Susan G. Komen as Advisors

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2016

Susan G. Komen recently welcomed 16 leaders in breast cancer research and advocacy who will serve as Komen Scholars—an international advisory group that helps to guide Komen’s research and scientific programs, education and advocacy work, and public health efforts in the United States and abroad. T...

FDA Launches First Campaign Focused on Dangers of Smokeless Tobacco Among Rural Teens

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it is expanding its award-winning “The Real Cost” campaign to educate rural white male teenagers about the negative health consequences associated with smokeless tobacco use. For the first time, messages on the dangers of smokeless tobacco us...

The Parker Foundation Launches the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy With a $250 Million Grant

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2016

On April 13, The Parker Foundation announced a $250 million grant to launch the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, a collaboration between scientists, clinicians, and industry partners to lead an unprecedented cancer immunotherapy research effort. The gift is the largest single contribution ...

Corporate Angel Network’s 50,000th Patient Flight Benefits Young Retinoblastoma Patient

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2016

On April 14, 2016, an 18-month-old patient with cancer named Baron Yerby flew home to Atlanta after receiving treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. However, instead of flying on a crowded commercial plane with the potential for immune deficiency issues, he and his parents flew on a co...

AACR Welcomes New Board of Directors, Nominating Committee Members

The ASCO Post  / May 10, 2016

The members of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) have elected five members to serve on the AACR Board of Directors for the 2016–2019 term and four members to serve on the Nominating Committee for the 2016–2018 term. They began their terms at the 2016 AACR Annual Meeting, held April...

Leukemia

City of Hope Awarded NCI Research Grant for Potential Acute Myeloid Leukemia Drug

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

A City of Hope research team led by Steven T. Rosen, MD, City of Hope’s Provost and Chief Scientific Officer, has been awarded a $2.3 million Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to fund studies associated with a phase I/II clinical trial in relapsed/refractory adult...

Steven J. Cohen, MD, Fox Chase GI Medical Oncology Chief, Elected as NCI Task Force Vice Chair

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

Steven J. Cohen, MD, Chief of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has been elected by his peers to serve as Vice Chair of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Pancreas Task Force of the Gastrointestinal Steering Committee (GISC). “I am honored to be elected to serve as...

Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, Named AACR President-Elect 2016–2017

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

The members of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) have elected Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, as their President-Elect for 2016–2017. He officially became President-Elect at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016, held in New Orleans, April 16–20, and will assume the presidency in April 2017 ...

Breast Cancer

DigniCap Scalp-Cooling System Now Available for Women With Breast Cancer at 10 U.S. Cancer Treatment Centers

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

Dignitana Inc. recently announced that the DigniCap scalp cooling system, which was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2015 to effectively reduce the likelihood of chemotherapy-induced hair loss in women with breast cancer, is now available at 10 cancer treatment cent...

Scott A. Armstrong, MD, PhD, to Lead Department of Pediatric Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

Scott A. Armstrong, MD, PhD, has been named Chair of the Department of Pediatric Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the David G. Nathan Professor of Pediatrics at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. He will also serve as Associate Chief of ...

Blue Ribbon Panel to Help Guide National Cancer Moonshot Initiative

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

On April 4, 2016, The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts, cancer leaders, and patient advocates that will inform the scientific direction and goals at NCI of Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer ...

Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, Elected Chairman of the NCCN Board of Directors

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, of the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, has been elected Chairman of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Board of Directors. Dr. Eberlein previously served as Vice Chair of the Board, and succee...

Johns Hopkins Launches Immunotherapy Center With $125 Million Gift

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

A new institute studying immunology was announced on March 29 at Johns Hopkins by Vice President Joe Biden, Michael R. Bloomberg, and more than a dozen additional supporters of this initiative. Embracing the Vice President’s “moonshot” initiative to cure cancer, the new Bloomberg–Kimmel Institute fo...

Leena Gandhi, MD, PhD, Named Director of Thoracic Medical Oncology at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center has announced the appointment of physician-scientist Leena Gandhi, MD, PhD, as Director of Thoracic Medical Oncology at its Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center. In this new role, Dr. Gandhi will be tasked with building a robust program in lu...

Seven New Members Elected to Interurban Clinical Club

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

The historic Interurban Clinical Club has announced the election of seven new members. They were elected at the group’s 213th meeting on April 1 in New York and will be welcomed at the group’s next meeting in November 2016 in Philadelphia. James E. Bradner, MD: Staff Physician at Dana-Farber Canc...

Susannah Koontz, PharmD, BCOP, FHOPA, Named HOPA President-Elect for 2016–2017 Term

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

Susannah Koontz, PharmD, BCOP, FHOPA, took office as President-Elect of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) at the recent 12th HOPA Annual Conference, held March 16–19 in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Koontz will serve as President-Elect for the 2016–2017 term and assume the office of P...

2016–2017 HOPA President Sarah Scarpace, PharmD, MPH, BCOP, Takes Office

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

The Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) has elected Sarah Scarpace, PharmD, MPH, BCOP, to serve as President for the 2016–2017 term. Dr. Scarpace recently took office at the 12th HOPA Annual Conference, held March 16–19 in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Scarpace has served as President-Elect...

Larry W. Kwak, MD, PhD, Awarded Ho-Am Prize in Medicine

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

Physician and scientist Larry W. Kwak, MD, PhD, Director of City of Hope’s Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center, has been awarded the 2016 Ho-Am Prize in Medicine, which recognizes people of Korean heritage who have made impressive contributions in clinical and research areas that contributed to the...

Ed Sauter, MD, PhD, Named Director of Breast Surgery Program at Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute announced the appointment of Ed Sauter, MD, PhD, as Director of the Breast Surgery Program at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI). He will lead the breast surgery programs at each of the Institute’s five cancer centers. Dr. Sauter is joining th...

Director Selected for NIH’s Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH), recently released the statement below: I am very pleased to announce the selection of Eric Dishman as Director of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program. Eric will lead NIH’s effort to build the PMI lan...

City of Hope Awarded $2.5 Million Grant to Launch Nutrition Initiative

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

Funded by a $2.5 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, City of Hope has launched a 5-year initiative to reduce cancer risk in the Los Angeles area by promoting healthy eating and physical activity, particularly among school children. The long-range plan is to replicate the initiative’s...

APSHO to Hold Skills Workshops for Advanced Practitioners in Oncology

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

The Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology ­(APSHPO) has announced a series of workshops to be held in cities nationwide during 2016. APSHO, a nonprofit membership organization consisting of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, clinical nurse specialists, and ad...

Blue Ribbon Panel to Help Guide Cancer Moonshot Initiative

The ASCO Post  / April 25, 2016

As described in the full report on page 39, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) announced a Blue Ribbon Panel of experts and advocates who will inform the scientific direction and goals at NCI of Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Members of the research community and th...

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

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

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

Jeffrey Fowler, MD, Begins Presidency of Society of Gynecologic Oncology

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

Jeffrey Fowler, MD, John G. Boutselis Chair in Gynecologic Oncology and Professor and Vice-Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, started his 1-year term as the 48th President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) at the conclusion of the S...

Jennie R. Crews, MD, FACP, Named President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

Jennie R. Crews, MD, FACP, became the new President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) during the recent ACCC 42nd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Dr. Crews brings more than 18 years of experience in advancing quality oncology care, currently as the Medical Director for Can...

Patrick Moore, MD, MPH, Named NCI Outstanding Investigator, Awarded $6.4 Million for Discovering Cancer Viruses

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

Patrick Moore, MD, MPH, has received the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Outstanding Investigator Award, and was awarded $6.4 million to further his work into the link between viruses and cancer. This NCI grant provides 7 years of secured support, giving the investigator freedom from the pressure of...

FDA Approves Defibrotide for Complication of Stem Cell Transplant

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

On March 30, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved defibrotide sodium (Defitelio) for the treatment of adult and pediatric patients with hepatic veno-occlusive disease, also known as sinusoidal obstructive syndrome, with renal or pulmonary dysfunction following hematopoietic s...

Peter Paul Yu, MD, FASCO, Named Physician-in-Chief of Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

Hartford HealthCare has named Past ASCO President Peter Paul Yu, MD, FASCO, the first Physician-in-Chief of Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. As Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Yu will be responsible for working closely and collaboratively with physicians and nurses who practice within the Hartfor...

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Appoints Robert Hromas, MD, to Its Scientific Advisory Board

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) announced the addition of cancer researcher Robert Hromas, MD, Chair of Medicine at University of Florida Health, to its scientific advisory board (SAB). Dr. Hromas, who continues his position at the University of Florida Health, will join hi...

Susan Block, MD, Honored With AAHPM Palliative Care Lifetime Achievement Award

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

Susan Block, MD, an institute physician in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a Harvard Medical School Professor, and Director of the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American A...

Itai Yanai, PhD, to Lead Institute for Computational Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

Itai Yanai, PhD, whose in-depth study of how embryos develop has led to breakthroughs in the analysis of gene composition and expression, has been named the inaugural Director of the newly created Institute for Computational Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center. He officially takes his new po...

Joan Massagué, PhD, to Receive 2016 Pezcoller Foundation–AACR International Award for Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

The 2016 Pezcoller Foundation-American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) International Award for Cancer Research will be presented to Joan Massagué, PhD, Director of the Sloan Kettering Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Chair at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, at the AACR A...

Lili Yang, PhD, Receives CIRM Funding to Investigate iNKT Modification and Transplantation

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

With new funding awarded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), Lili Yang, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics and the Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research (BSCRC) at the ...

Michael J. Birrer, MD, PhD, Named Recipient of the 2016 Claudia Cohen Research Foundation Prize for Outstanding Gynecologic Cancer Researcher

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

The Claudia Cohen Research Foundation and the Foundation for Women’s Cancer announced ­Michael J. Birrer, MD, PhD, as the 2016 recipient of the Claudia Cohen Research Foundation Prize for Outstanding Gynecologic Cancer Researcher. The $50,000 prize was presented at the Society of Gynecologic On...

Sadik Esener, PhD, Selected to Lead OHSU’s Large-Scale Early Cancer Detection Initiative

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

Sadik Esener, PhD, has been recruited to the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Knight Cancer Institute to lead the first large-scale early cancer detection program of its kind. Dr. Esener will be the Director of the Institute’s Center for Early Detection Research and has been award...

AACR CEO Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), Honored With James Ewing Layperson’s Award From SSO

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), CEO of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), was recognized during the plenary session at the 69th Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Annual Cancer Symposium with the James Ewing Layperson’s Award for her dedication to the prevention and cure of cance...

David B. Roth, MD, PhD, Named Director of New Penn Center for Precision Medicine

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

David B. Roth, MD, PhD, has been appointed Director of the new Penn Center for Precision Medicine. In his new role, he will lead efforts to accelerate the implementation of precision medicine into clinical care. Dr. Roth is an expert in DNA repair and mechanisms of programmed gene rearrangement...

10 Bladder Cancer Projects Awarded Research Grants by Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / April 10, 2016

The Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute is a collaborative initiative of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, the Brady Urological Institute, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the School of Medicine. It aims to develop new clinical strategies for combating bladder cancer thr...

Hepatobiliary Cancer

Annual Report Cites Continued Decline in Most Cancer Mortality but Trends Toward Increased Liver Cancer Incidence, Mortality

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2016

Earlier this month, experts from four major institutions issued the annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer (1975–2012). This year’s report showed that death rates continued to decline for all cancers combined, as well as for most cancer sites for men and women of all major racial and et...

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, Named President of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2016

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, an internationally recognized immunologist, has been named the next president and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Glimcher is currently the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of the Medical College at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, where she is also Professor of...

Robert Seeger, MD, Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award From Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2016

Robert Seeger, MD, Division Head for Basic and Translational Research of the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), has been selected for the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC). As the eight...

Douglas A. Levine, MD, FACOG, FACS, Appointed Director of Gynecologic Oncology at NYU Langone

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2016

Douglas A. Levine, MD, FACOG, FACS, will join the faculty of NYU Langone Medical Center as Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at its Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, effective May 15, 2016. Dr. Levine brings an exceptional ...

Two Fellows Selected for ASCO’s Inaugural Health Policy Fellowship Program

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2016

ASCO has announced the two physicians selected for its new Health Policy Fellowship, which kicked off this past October. Robert M. Daly, MD, and Steve Y. Lee, MD, will be the fellows for the inaugural class, which runs from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017. The program, aimed at oncologists in the ear...

Hematologic Malignancies

2016 ASH-AMFDP Scholars to Study Malaria, Immunotherapy for Hematologic Malignancies

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2016

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) is pleased to announce that Natasha Archer, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, and Rayne Rouce, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine, have been selected to participate in the American Society of Hematology-Harold Amos Me...

ASTRO Expands Its Advocacy and Government Relations Team With New Assistant Director

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2016

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) recently welcomed Stephanie Quinn as its Assistant Director of Congressional Relations, a key position on the Society’s government relations and advocacy team. As ASTRO’s chief liaison to Capitol Hill, Ms. Quinn will lead efforts to educate l...

Lauren Streicher, MD, Announced as Medical Director for Northwestern Medicine’s Upcoming Center for Sexual Health

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2016

Northwestern Medical Group recently announced that ­Lauren Streicher, MD, will be joining Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Streicher is a clinical leader in gynecology, a published author, and a trusted medical contributor for many local and national media outlets. In her new role, Dr. Str...

Prostate Cancer

New High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound Advances Treatment for Prostate Cancer

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2016

For the estimated 220,000 men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, deciding on a method of treatment can be a challenge. Some with early-stage cancer pursue active surveillance, while others with more severe cancer immediately pursue surgery, including prostatectomy. Others fall som...

Breast Cancer

NCCN Awards 10 Grants for Provider Performance and Quality in Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer Initiatives

The ASCO Post  / March 25, 2016

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) Oncology Research Program (ORP), in collaboration with Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC), has awarded 10 grants for project proposals to develop and adopt evidence-based initiatives to improve patient care and outcomes in met...

Marc S. Ernstoff, MD, Named UB Chief of Hematology/Oncology, Roswell Park Chair of Medicine

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2016

Marc S. Ernstoff, MD, has been appointed Professor and Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo (UB) and Chair of the Department of Medicine and Senior Vice President of Clinical I...

Hidayatullah G. Munshi, MD, Named Program Leader of Tumor Environment and Metastasis Program at Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2016

Hidayatullah G. Munshi, MD, has been named Leader of the Tumor Environment and Metastasis (TEAM) Program at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. The TEAM Program utilizes an integrative approach to elucidate key molecular interactions between tumor cells and c...

Mylin A. Torres, MD, Named Director of Winship’s Glenn Family Breast Center

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2016

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University has named Mylin A. Torres, MD, the new Director of the Glenn Family Breast Center, effective January 19, 2016. She succeeds Ruth O’Regan, MD, who now heads the University of Wisconsin Division of Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Torres is Associate Professor...

Keith Hanson McGregor, PhD, Appointed New ESMO CEO

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2016

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has announced the appointment of Keith Hanson McGregor, PhD, as its new CEO. Dr. McGregor is currently ­ESMO’s Chief Operating Officer. Dr. McGregor joined ESMO in 2009 as Senior Director of a newly formed Business Division, in charge of develop...

Cancer MoonShot 2020 Announces the Formation of a National Pediatrics Consortium

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2016

Cancer MoonShot 2020 has announced the formation of the Pediatrics Consortium focused on bringing the promise of combined immunotherapy as the next-generation standard of cancer care to children diagnosed with the disease. With leadership at Phoenix Children’s Hospital helping to initiate this conso...

U.S. Senate Confirms Robert M. Califf, MD, as FDA Commissioner

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2016

On February 24, 2016, Stephen Ostroff, MD, Acting Director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement to announce that the U.S. Senate voted in support of the confirmation of Robert M. Califf, MD, to be Commissioner FDA. In the statement, Dr. ­Ostroff said, “Dr. Califf has dem...

Three Industry Leaders Join the CancerLinQ Team

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of ASCO, has named three new members to its leadership team. David Dornstreich, Robert Merold, and Jennifer L. Wong recently joined CancerLinQ LLC and, in their various roles, will be utilizing their extensive strategic experience to fully realize ...

David J. McConkey, PhD, Named Director of Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

David J. McConkey, PhD, has been appointed Director of the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute. The institute was established in 2014 with a $15 million gift from Baltimore-area commercial real estate developer Erwin L. Greenberg and his wife, Stephanie Cooper Greenberg, and a $30 mill...

Urologist Steven Brandes, MD, Joins NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

Urologist Steven Brandes, MD, has joined ­NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center as Chief of Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Urology, effective February 1. He was also named a Professor of Urology on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. ...

Breast Cancer

$13.4 Million Awarded to Study Treatment for Low-Grade Ductal Carcinoma in Situ in a Prospective, Randomized Trial

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

A funding award of $13.4 million hopes to answer one of the biggest questions in the current management of breast cancer: Do women with the earliest form of the disease, ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), need invasive surgery? Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Duke Ca...

Four New U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Members Appointed

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has announced the addition of four new members: John W. Epling, Jr, MD, MSEd; Diane Medved Harper, MD, MPH, MS; C. Seth Landefeld, MD; and Carol M. Mangione, MD, MSPH. Like their fellow Task Force members, these experts in prevention and evidence-based medicin...

Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD, Named Deputy Director of Winship Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD, an internationally recognized lung cancer physician-investigator, has been named Deputy Director of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. He will also serve as Assistant Dean for Cancer Research in the Emory School of Medicine. In his role as Winship’s Deputy Direc...

Judy Keen, PhD, Announced as Director of Scientific Affairs at ASTRO

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) recently welcomed Judy Keen, PhD, as its Director of Scientific Affairs, a position created to expand research participation and collaboration in the field of radiation oncology. As the ASTRO lead on scientific affairs, Dr. Keen will develop and i...

Emory and Winship Announce Sagar Lonial, MD, as Hematology and Medical Oncology Department Chair

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

Sagar Lonial, MD, an internationally renowned expert in the biology and treatment of patients with multiple myeloma, has been named Chair of the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology within Emory University School of Medicine and Winship Cancer Institute. Dr. Lonial assumes this role vacated...

Johannes W. Vieweg, MD, FACS, Named Founding Dean of Nova Southeastern University College of Allopathic Medicine

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, announced the appointment of Johannes W. Vieweg, MD, FACS, as Founding Dean of NSU’s College of Allopathic Medicine. The new college is aiming to welcome its first class of MD candidates in 2018, subject to achieving accreditation. Dr. V...

Carmen Solórzano, MD, Named Chief of Surgical Oncology at Vanderbilt

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

Carmen Solórzano, MD, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Endocrine Surgery Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has been named Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Solórzano joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2010 a...

Jaclyn Biegel, PhD, Joins Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles as Director of Center for Personalized Medicine

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has named Jaclyn Biegel, PhD, a leading academic expert on pediatric brain tumors, rhabdoid tumors, and cancer cytogenetics, as the Director of the Center for Personalized Medicine at CHLA. Dr. Biegel, who formerly served as Director of the Cancer Cytogenetics...

Mary-Claire King, PhD, Awarded 2016 Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

The National Foundation for Cancer Research has announced that Mary-Claire King, PhD, Professor of Genome Sciences and Medicine (Medical Genetics) at the University of Washington, Seattle, has been awarded the 2016 Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer ­Research. The National Foundation for Ca...

Junior Investigators Win Awards for Pilot Projects

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

The results of the Fox Chase Cancer Center’s American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (IRG) Pilot Project Competition for Junior Investigators that was held in December 2015 have been announced. The competition was open to eligible junior faculty at Fox Chase Cancer Center or Temple Univ...

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100% of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers Endorse the Promotion of the HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention

The ASCO Post  / February 25, 2016

All National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers have united to support human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination (see below). A team of HPV experts drafted a consensus statement that advises widespread use of HPV vaccines to prevent cancer. HPV causes cancer of the cervix, anus, and thro...

New Appointments Within FDA’s Office of Hematology and Oncology Products

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the appointment of an Acting Deputy Office Director and an Associate Director of Clinical Science in its Office of Hematology and Oncology Products (OHOP). Acting Deputy Office Director Amy E. McKee, MD, was recently announced as the n...

APOS Launches Psychosocial Oncology Institute

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2016

The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) will launch the inaugural Psychosocial Oncology Institute on March 3, 2016, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California. Instructors for the full-day, interactive institute—leaders in the psychosocial oncology field—will tea...

James K.V. Willson, MD, Named Chief Scientific Officer of CPRIT

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2016

James K.V. Willson, MD, Associate Dean of Oncology Programs and Professor and Director of the Harold C. ­Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center, has been named Chief Scientific Officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRI...

Patricia A. Ganz, MD, Awarded Joseph V. Simone Award and Lecture for Excellence in Quality and Safety in the Care of Patients With Cancer

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2016

ASCO will honor Patricia A. Ganz, MD, an accomplished medical oncologist and renowned advocate for improving the quality of cancer care from prevention through survivorship, with its first annual Joseph V. Simone Award and Lecture for Excellence in Quality and Safety in the Care of Patients With Can...

Immunotherapy Expert Crystal Mackall, MD, Joins Stanford Medicine Faculty

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2016

Cancer immunotherapy expert Crystal Mackall, MD, joined the Stanford University School of Medicine faculty on January 1 as Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, as well as Associate Director of the Stanford Cancer Institute and Co-Medical Director of the Stanford Laboratory for Cell and Gene Medicin...

Lewis C. Cantley, PhD, Wins Israel’s Wolf Prize in Medicine

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2016

Lewis C. Cantley, PhD, Director of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine, was named a recipient of the 2016 Wolf Prize in Medicine, considered “Israel’s Nobel Prize.” The Wolf Foundation announced the 2016 winners. The seven winners share $100,000 awards in five categor...

Hospira Foundation Donates $5 Million to the University of Chicago Medicine

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2016

The Hospira Foundation has donated $5 million to the University of Chicago Medicine to create the Hospira Foundation Professorship in Oncology. The Hospira Foundation Professor will be a key leader in advancing the University of Chicago Medicine’s cancer research objectives, which include discoveri...

The Sohn Conference Foundation Unveils The Sohn Precision Medicine Program at Columbia University Medical Center

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2016

The Sohn Conference Foundation unveiled The Sohn Precision Medicine Program at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) on January 14, 2016. Funded by a $1.5 million grant provided by The Sohn Conference Foundation over approximately a 3-year period, the Program will provide high-risk pediatric can...

Karmanos Cancer Institute Announces New Leadership Roles for Elisabeth Heath, MD, FACP, and Ulka Vaishampayan, MD

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2016

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute recently announced the promotion of two physician scientists: Elisabeth Heath, MD, FACP, and Ulka Vaishampayan, MD. Elisabeth Heath, MD, FACP Dr. Heath will lead the Genitourinary Oncology Multidisciplinary Team at Karmanos Cancer Institute. She will also ...

Sally Vernon, PhD, Appointed to National Cancer Institute Board

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2016

Sally Vernon, PhD, Chair of the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, has been appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors for Clinical Sciences and Epidemiology at the National Cance...

Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD, Named Dean of the MUSC College of Medicine

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2016

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has named Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD, as the next Dean of the College of Medicine. Dr. DuBois will assume his new role effective March 1, 2016, with an academic appointment as Professor in the College of Medicine while also holding an appointment in th...

Community Oncology Alliance Elects New Officers and Board Members for 2016

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2016

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocating for community oncology practices and the patients they serve, announced the election of a new Board of Directors and Executive Committee officers. “2016 is primed to be an important year for community oncology. ...

Terence S. Dermody, MD, Named Chair of Pediatrics at UPMC and Scientific Director of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2016

Terence S. Dermody, MD, has been named the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief and Scientific Director at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Dermody will officially b...

Issues in Oncology
Breast Cancer

New Society of Breast Imaging Website Seeks to End Confusion  Surrounding Mammography Screening

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2016

Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. In 2015, according to the National Cancer Institute, 231,840 women were to be diagnosed with the disease and 40,290 were to die from it. The death rate is highest among women who are not screened regularly a...

NCCN Awards Research Grants to Five Investigators to Study Effectiveness of Enzalutamide in Various Cancers

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2016

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Oncology Research Program (ORP) has awarded five grants to investigators to evaluate and define the preclinical and clinical effectiveness of enzalutamide (Xtandi) in mantle cell lymphoma and endometrial, hepatocellular, and prostate cancers. These gr...

Lymphoma

Phase III Trial Shows Improved Progression-Free Survival With Ibrutinib vs Temsirolimus in Relapsed/Refractory Mantle Cell Lymphoma