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Knuckles

Kathryn E. Hitchcock, MD, PhD  /  April 10, 2021

The swastikas on his knuckles kept stealing my attention. I tried not to stare but every time he gestured to emphasize his words my gaze snapped back there. That awful symbol, multiplied across all 10 digits, refused to be ignored. The blue lines were blurred and misshapen, probably jail tats. I gre...

Legislation Aims to Increase HPV Vaccine Awareness, Access, and Research

ASCO  /  April 10, 2021

ASCO has endorsed the “PREVENT HPV Cancers Act” (H.R. 1550), which was recently introduced by Representative Kathy Castor (FL-14). In a recent letter to the lawmaker, ASCO thanked Rep. Castor for introducing this important measure to increase research on, awareness of, and access to the vaccine, whi...

Executive Order Aims to Secure Access to Essential Pharmaceuticals by Strengthening Supply Chains

ASCO  /  April 10, 2021

President Biden signed an Executive Order calling for a 100-day review of the United States’ pharmaceutical supply chains in an effort to create more resilient and secure access to essential pharmaceuticals while reducing overreliance on foreign competitors. This Executive Order is driven largely by...

Oncology Clinician Well-Being Roadmap Provides 5-Year Plan to Address Provider Burnout

ASCO  /  April 10, 2021

ASCO recently released the ASCO Oncology Clinician Well-Being Task Force Roadmap. The document outlines a 5-year plan to improve the quality of cancer care by enhancing the well-being of oncology clinicians and sustainability of oncology practices. The roadmap’s specific goals include promoting cli...

Lung Cancer

ASCO Publishes Guideline Endorsement of ASTRO Guideline for Radiation Therapy in SCLC

ASCO  /  March 25, 2021

An ASCO Expert Panel has endorsed an American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) guideline on radiation therapy for small cell lung cancer (SCLC), stating the recommendations in the ASTRO guideline “are clear, thorough, and based upon the most relevant scientific evidence” available.1 Radiother...

Health-Care Policy Expert Sybil R. Green, JD, RPh, MHA, Brings Wealth of Experience as ASCO’s First Diversity and Inclusion Officer

ASCO  /  March 25, 2021

Sybil R. Green, JD, RPh, MHA, has been named Diversity and Inclusion Officer by ASCO. A health-care policy expert with experience in both corporate and nonprofit organizations, Ms. Green will guide ASCO’s internal and external initiatives aimed at achieving the Society’s equity, diversity, and inc...

Oncology Clinician Well-Being Roadmap Provides 5-Year Plan to Address Provider Burnout

ASCO  /  March 25, 2021

ASCO recently released the ASCO Oncology Clinician Well-Being Task Force Roadmap. The document outlines a 5-year plan to improve the quality of cancer care by enhancing the well-being of oncology clinicians and sustainability of oncology practices. The roadmap’s specific goals include promoting cli...

Actions Early in Biden Administration Mirror ASCO Road to Recovery Report

ASCO  /  March 25, 2021

ASCO’s Road to Recovery Report: Learning from the COVID-19 Experience to Improve Clinical Research and Cancer Care, among other recommendations, calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a special enrollment period on the federal health insurance exchange, abandon...

Eleven Oncology Practices Receive Quality Certification From the Association for Clinical Oncology

ASCO  /  March 25, 2021

The Association for Clinical Oncology congratulates the 11 practices that prioritized the quality of care they provide by achieving the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification in the second half of 2020. These practices have shown that they are committed to providing the highest-...

ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research Recommend Expanding Patient Access to Cancer Clinical Trials by Further Broadening Eligibility Criteria

ASCO  /  March 10, 2021

ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) jointly issued new recommendations to further efforts to broaden eligibility criteria in cancer clinical trials with the goal of making clinical trials more accessible to patients.1 The joint recommendations are detailed in a series of articles published...

New Research Statement Recommends Streamlining and Standardizing Clinical Trial Site Feasibility Assessments

ASCO  /  March 10, 2021

Feasibility assessments for clinical trials are conducted to establish that prospective trial sites can safely and effectively meet study goals and protocol requirements; however, a new research statement from ASCO asserts that current standards are “costly, inconsistent, inefficient, labor intensiv...

Gastrointestinal Cancer

ASCO Names Advance of the Year: Molecular Profiling Drives Progress in Gastrointestinal Cancers

ASCO  /  February 25, 2021

Molecular profiling allows clinicians to identify the molecular and genetic signatures that help to deliver treatments that are highly specific to a tumor. This tool has made possible a number of advances in the past year that are improving care for patients with gastrointestinal cancers. In recogni...

Issues in Oncology

New Framework to Address Cancer Care Disparities in Medically Underserved Populations

ASCO  /  February 25, 2021

A new article published in JCO Oncology Practice puts forth a framework to guide researchers, health-care leaders, advocates, community- and patient-focused service organizations, and policy leaders in their work to address and promote health equity in cancer care access and treatment outcomes.1 Th...

Standardized, Streamlined Processes Key to Implementing Electronic Prior Authorization

ASCO  /  February 25, 2021

On December 23, 2020, ASCO submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the Reducing Provider and Patient Burden and Promoting Patients’ Electronic Access to Health Information proposed rule. This rule builds on the CMS Interoperability and Patient Acce...

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Conversion Factor Updated to Reflect 2021 Federal Funding Package

ASCO  /  February 25, 2021

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a revised Medicare Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor of $34.8931 for 2021. This represents a 3.3% reduction from the 2020 conversion factor of $36.0869. CMS updated the conversion factor as a result of a provision in the $1.4 tr...

Biden Administration, New Congress Review Recent Rules Affecting Cancer Care Delivery

ASCO  /  February 25, 2021

In the days and weeks leading up to President Biden’s inauguration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—under the prior administration—issued a number of rules and regulations that affect cancer care delivery. Many of those rules and regulations are now subject to review by the new adm...

Sean Khozin, MD, MPH, Named New Chief Executive Officer of ASCO’s CancerLinQ

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 10, 2021

Sean Khozin, MD, MPH, has been named Chief Executive Officer of CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of ASCO. A board-certified oncologist, physician-scientist, and data science expert, Dr. Khozin is a proven leader and visionary in deploying cutting-edge data science and technology s...

ASCO Congratulates Joseph R. Biden, Jr, on Presidential Inauguration

ASCO  /  February 10, 2021

“On the eve of his inauguration, the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates ­Joseph R. Biden, Jr, the 46th President of the ­United States. “ASCO shares the President’s commitment to ensuring equitable high-quality cancer care for every American, and recently released a policy state...

ASCO Advocates for Priority Status for Patients With Cancer in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plans, Provides Information on Safety and Efficacy of Vaccinations

ASCO  /  February 10, 2021

The American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Association for Clinical Oncology, collectively referred to as ASCO, understand the challenges faced by ASCO members and patients with cancer in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, in determining the best treatment for patients, and in addressing que...

Dr. Eric P. Winer Elected ASCO President for 2022–2023 Term

ASCO  /  January 25, 2021

ASCO has elected Eric P. Winer, MD, FASCO, a long-time member and volunteer, to serve as President for the term beginning in June 2022. He will take office as President-Elect during the ASCO Annual Meeting in June 2021. Five new members were also elected to the ASCO Board of Directors and the Nomina...

Conquer Cancer Announces 2020 Career Development Award in Breast Cancer Recipient

ASCO  /  January 25, 2021

Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation, is pleased to announce Clinton Yam, MD, as the recipient of the 2020 Fairman Career Development Award (CDA). Dr. Yam’s research will focus on identifying novel immune markers to predict response to treatment and identifying if tumor response is influenced by gut ...

ASCO Applauds Congress for Expanding Clinical Trial Access for Medicaid Beneficiaries

ASCO  /  January 25, 2021

Statement By Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, Chair of ASCO “Congress took a giant step forward to reduce health disparities by expanding clinical trial access to more than 41.6 million Medicaid beneficiaries through passage of the bipartisan CLINICAL TREATMENT Act as part of its end-of-yea...

Continuing Education Credits for Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium

ASCO  /  January 25, 2021

In support of improving patient care, ASCO is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health-care tea...

Clinician Scientist Hopes to Attract New Investigators in Gynecologic Cancer by Establishing Conquer Cancer Award

ASCO  /  January 25, 2021

Stephen A. Cannistra, MD, FASCO, was among the first scientists to define the mechanisms by which ovarian cancer cells spread throughout the peritoneal cavity. His work further defined the role of apoptosis in mediating chemotherapy-induced killing of ovarian cancer cells, as well as the possibility...

Increase Your Knowledge and Practice of Cultural Competence With ASCO eLearning Course Collection

ASCO  /  December 25, 2020

“Equity: Every Patient. Every Day. Everywhere” was selected by 2020–2021 ASCO President Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, as the theme for her presidential term. As oncology care providers work to put this theme into practice, they can find support in ASCO eLearning’s new Cultural Literacy course c...

The Heart of Catherine Handy Marshall, MD, MPH’s Work

ASCO  /  December 25, 2020

In 2017, Women Who Conquer Cancer (WWCC) awarded Catherine Handy Marshall, MD, MPH, a Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award (YIA) grant to explore the impact of cardiovascular disease risk factors on cancer outcomes. Three years after receiving the WWCC YIA, Dr. Handy Marshall is pursuing addition...

ASCO’s Oncologist-Approved Patient Information Website: Cancer.Net

ASCO  /  December 25, 2020

What makes Cancer.Net one of the most trustworthy websites for patients with cancer? ASCO’s expertise. All content on Cancer.Net is approved by an editorial board composed of more than 150 oncologists, oncology nurses, physician assistants, social workers, and patient advocates. Oncologists refer ...

CMS Increases Access to Telemedicine in Home Health Care

ASCO  /  December 25, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule for 2021. The final rule reflects comments ASCO submitted on the proposed rule in support of increased access to telemedicine in home health care and concerns over home infu...

New Recommendations for Advancing the Scholarly Discipline of Global Oncology

ASCO  /  December 25, 2020

New recommendations aimed at advancing the status of global oncology as an academic discipline were published in November as a special article in JCO Global Oncology.1 The field of global oncology is important. According to the World Health Organization,2 cancer is the second-leading cause of death...

Career Development Award Winner Dr. Aparna Parikh on the Emerging Importance of Liquid Biopsies for GI Cancers

ASCO  /  December 10, 2020

Systematic liquid biopsies are transforming treatment approaches for patients with gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. Many GI tumors are detected late, which ultimately reduces 5-year overall survival rates. Liquid biopsies may become increasingly important both in the early detection and treatment spac...

New ASCO Series for Early-Career Cancer Providers on Impacts of Social Determinants of Health

ASCO  /  December 10, 2020

As part of its ongoing commitment to addressing inequities in cancer care and research, ASCO has launched a new educational series focused on the role of social determinants of health in cancer care and cancer outcomes. The free series, which began October 21, is aimed at educating oncology trainees...

Save 20% When You Stock Your Practice With ASCO Answers Materials for 2021

ASCO  /  December 10, 2020

ASCO has helpful, trusted resources to support your patients and their caregivers. Available in three convenient formats, you can choose from fact sheets; topic-specific booklets; and comprehensive, patient-friendly guides. ASCO Answers materials provide trusted, easy-to-understand information abo...

New Rules on Health-Care Price Transparency and Coverage for COVID-19 Vaccines

ASCO  /  December 10, 2020

ON OCTOBER 28, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the coverage transparency final rule. Building on earlier administration actions requiring hospitals to disclose standard charges and negotiated rates...

Job Loss During Cancer: How to Cope and Continue Treatment

ASCO  /  November 25, 2020

Job loss is stressful no matter the circumstances. Recently, millions of people have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. To make matters more difficult, job loss in the United States can often mean a loss of health insurance. For people with cancer, losing a job is especially challenging b...

Issues in Oncology

Gateway for Cancer Research and Conquer Cancer Offer Grant Funding to Research Health Disparities

ASCO  /  November 25, 2020

Gateway for Cancer Research® is investing $1.5 million to ensure that a more diverse patient population is represented in oncology research and to expand clinical trial access for patients from underserved and underrepresented communities. The second biennial Gateway Discovery Grant, administered b...

Time Is Running Out: Prepare for 2021 E&M Changes Today

ASCO  /  November 25, 2020

Significant changes are coming to the office and outpatient Evaluation and Management (E&M) services Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes (99202-99215). Practices, physicians, and staff who have not done so already must begin preparing for these changes today to ensure a successful transi...

New Global Survey Finds More Education Needed to Increase Provider Geriatric Assessments for Older Adults With Cancer

ASCO  /  November 25, 2020

Oncology providers familiar with ASCO’s guideline on older adults with cancer are two to four times more likely to conduct a geriatric assessment on patients with cancer over the age of 65, according to the first international ASCO survey aimed at determining if and how often cancer providers are us...

ASCO Launches Educational Series on Social Determinants of Health

ASCO  /  November 25, 2020

As part of its ongoing commitment to addressing inequities in cancer care and research, ASCO has launched an educational series focused on the role of social determinants of health in cancer care and outcomes. The free series, which kicked off in October, will help educate oncology trainees and earl...

ASCO’s Free App for Patients: Cancer.Net Mobile

ASCO  /  November 25, 2020

Tell your patients about the award-winning mobile app from Cancer.Net! This intuitive, on-the-go tool helps patients and caregivers plan and manage cancer care—from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Make sure your patients are getting the latest trusted, oncologist-approved cancer information ...

COVID-19

COVID-19’s Impact on Cancer Care Around the World: Perspectives From the ASCO International Affairs Committee

ASCO  /  November 10, 2020

As the world continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, ASCO is committed to providing the most current information and resources to its members and the larger oncology community to help ensure that patients with cancer receive high-quality care. Here, members of the ASCO International Affairs C...

Support Caregivers During National Family Caregivers Month With ASCO Answers

ASCO  /  November 10, 2020

Cancer.Net provides a variety of tools and resources for caregivers, including the ASCO Answers Guide to Caregiving. This guide includes: Practical tips for supporting a patient with cancer Advice for talking with family and the health-care team Convenient symptom and medication trackers And...

Your Stories: ‘Being Your Own Advocate’

ASCO  /  November 10, 2020

Kimberly Irvine was used to taking care of the people she loved.  Conquering breast cancer—twice—forced the young mom to learn how to take care of herself in a whole new way. In the Your Stories episode “Being Your Own Advocate,” she shares with fellow philanthropist Riccardo Braglia, Board Member, ...

Hospital Outpatient Payment Proposal Has Potential to Undermine Patient Access to Cancer Care

ASCO  /  November 10, 2020

In a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) expressed significant concerns that provisions in the 2021 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) proposed rule have the potential to undermine access to cancer...

Project N95 Partnership Provided ASCO Members With Access to Personal Protective Equipment

ASCO  /  November 10, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 a challenging year for everyone, including cancer care providers, many of whom have had difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE) for their patients and staff during the pandemic. To help ease this burden on its members, ASCO partnered with Project ...

Rising Tide Foundation for Clinical Cancer Research Career Pathway Grants in Symptom Management

ASCO  /  November 10, 2020

  Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation® announced the 2020 recipients of the Conquer Cancer–Rising Tide Foundation for Clinical Cancer Research Career Pathway Grants in Symptom Management. The Career Pathway Grants in Symptom Management are awarded to recruit and retain young physician-scientists c...

New ASCO-SEP Edition Available: Expands Reach to Global Oncology Community

ASCO  /  October 25, 2020

The seventh edition of the ASCO Self-Evaluation Program® (ASCO-SEP®) is now available online, expanding its reach to physicians and advanced practitioners. The latest edition features new content that addresses oncologic care in a global setting. The new edition of ASCO-SEP includes 22 chapters of ...

2020 Snapshot: State of the Oncology Workforce in America

ASCO  /  October 25, 2020

Impactful 2020 Virtual Advocacy Summit: New Environment, Same Goals

ASCO  /  October 25, 2020

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) held its first-ever virtual Advocacy Summit and online Week of Action September 9–18, 2020. The largest Advocacy Summit to date, 170 ASCO volunteer leaders and oncology care providers participated in 200 virtual meetings with members of Congress and thei...

Breaking Social Barriers to Conquer Cancer

ASCO  /  October 25, 2020

Kala Visvanathan, MD, MHS, is working to prevent cancer in every patient. With the help of donor-supported grants, including a Career Development Award from Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation, Dr. Visvanathan researches cancer prevention and strategies to prevent cancer recurrence. “To be succe...

Your Stories: ‘The Family Business’

ASCO  /  October 25, 2020

International business leader Riccardo Braglia has experienced great losses due to cancer. In “The Family Business,” he shares with ASCO Chief Executive Officer Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, how the perspective he gained inspires what he gives to help patients everywhere. “My grandmother, m...

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