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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-year...

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 t...

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 abou...

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 by...

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 more....

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 com...

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 d...

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 their...

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 success...

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, my ...

COVID-19

Did You Know ASCO Has Resources on COVID-19 for People With Cancer?

ASCO  /  October 25, 2020

ASCO’s award-winning Cancer.Net blog has been providing updated content and resources on COVID-19 for people with cancer since the pandemic started. Send your patients to www.cancer.net/blog for trusted COVID-19 information, financial resources, and more. All content is available in multiple languag...

Art of Oncology: On the Page and in a Podcast, Personal Reflections From Oncologists Are a Fitting Companion Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Geraldine Carroll, ASCO Publishing  /  October 10, 2020

The well-loved Art of Oncology section of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) and its pioneering podcast are both resonating as never before, as cancer specialists are prompted into deeper reflections about the poignant moments that give life meaning by the COVID-19 pandemic. JCO’s Art of Oncolog...

Conquer Cancer Offers New Research Grants Targeting Diversity in Research, Underserved Patients

ASCO  /  October 10, 2020

The oncology workforce struggles with adequate representation of racial and ethnic minorities, with only 2.3% of practicing oncologists self-identifying as Black or African American and 5.8% of practicing oncologists self-identifying as Hispanic.1 Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation® is offering a g...

Conquer Cancer Announces 2020 Quality Care Symposium Merit Awards

ASCO  /  October 10, 2020

Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation® is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2020 Quality Care Symposium Merit Awards.  These distinguished awards recognize oncology fellows and trainees who are first authors on top-ranking abstracts selected for presentation at the virtual ASCO Quality Care S...

Unique Patient Identifiers Could Help Streamline Nation’s Health Information Technology Infrastructure

ASCO  /  October 10, 2020

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recently submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to its request for comments on improving patient identification and matching in the nation’s health information technology infrastruc...

Tell Your Patients About ASCO’s Oncologist-Approved Patient Information Website

ASCO  /  October 10, 2020

ASCO believes that the best cancer care starts with the best cancer information. Its patient education website, Cancer.Net, gives patients and caregivers expertise and resources from ASCO in plain, easy-to-understand language so that they may make informed health-care decisions. Refer your patients ...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer in My Community: Caring for Children With Cancer in Armenia

Gevorg Tamamyan, MD  /  September 25, 2020

Cancer in My Community is a Cancer.Net Blog series that shows the global impact of cancer and how providers work to care for people with cancer in their region. Why I Care for People With Cancer When you tell someone that you are a pediatric oncologist and treat children with cancer, the first thing...

Conquer Cancer Collaborates With Israel Cancer Research Fund for Career Development Award in Israel

ASCO  /  September 25, 2020

Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation has joined forces with the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) to grant a 2020 Career Development Award (CDA) to a physician-scientist in Israel. The CDA supports early-career clinical and translational investigators during their first few years of faculty appoint...

October Cancer Awareness Month: Patient Resources From ASCO

ASCO  /  September 25, 2020

Are you looking to provide trusted education materials to your patients and their caregivers for October cancer awareness month? Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website, and ASCO Answers patient education materials have everything you need to stock your practice and inform your patients. From...

Regional Council for a Stronger Society

ASCO  /  September 25, 2020

In 2019, ASCO launched an Asia-Pacific Regional Council, a group of distinguished oncology leaders from countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The Council’s purpose is to advise ASCO on the needs of members in the region and facilitate and encourage member involvement in ASCO’s global activities. “In...

Greater Coverage, Patient Education, and Research for Telemedicine Needed During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

ASCO  /  September 25, 2020

Flexibilities in reimbursement that have allowed the expanded use of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic should continue and be made available to more providers and patients, according to a recent statement from ASCO. ASCO Interim Position Statement: Telemedicine in Cancer Care also calls for ...

In ‘Marriage and Medicine,’ Judith and Alan Kaur Vow to Advance Cancer Research

ASCO  /  September 25, 2020

Before Judith Kaur, MD, the self-proclaimed “Mother of the YIA” became Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation’s first grant recipient more than 35 years ago, she was a wife, a teacher, and then a stay-at-home mom. Going to medical school and becoming a research pioneer was just a daydream. “When I ca...

Quality Payment Program Provisions in Fee Schedule Proposal Set Stage for 2021 and Postpandemic Landscape

ASCO  /  September 10, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule, which includes updates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP). For the QPP 2021 performance period, CMS proposes the following Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) perf...

Global Oncology Young Investigator Award: Early Support Improves Cancer Care Around the World

ASCO  /  September 10, 2020

Global oncology refers to the application of the concepts of global health to cancer and implies an approach to the practice of oncology that acknowledges the reality of limited resources in parts of the world. The Global Oncology Young Investigator Award (YIA) from ASCO and Conquer Cancer, the ASCO...

In a ‘Rare Occurrence,’ a Doctor and a Patient Advocate Team Up to Conquer Desmoid Tumors

ASCO  /  September 10, 2020

Doctor after doctor recommended different treatment options for Marlene Portnoy’s husband, Steve, after he was diagnosed with a desmoid tumor. Desmoid tumors are rare, and each doctor admitted uncertainty about treatment plans. “Let me tell you, that’s a really scary thing when doctors can’t agree,”...

Research Pioneer Marc L. Citron, MD, Establishes Grants Through Conquer Cancer

ASCO  /  September 10, 2020

“Ask any doctor why he or she enters medicine and the answer will likely be the same,” said Marc L. Citron, MD. “People become doctors to help patients...but to deliver the moments that matter to patients—to extend their lives and give quality to their days—doctors rely on new research.” In 2003, Dr...

Getting Up to Speed on 2021 Updates to Evaluation and Management Codes? New Resources Can Help

ASCO  /  September 10, 2020

On January 1, 2021, significant changes to the office and outpatient Evaluation and Management (E&M) services Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes (99202-99215) will go into effect. Practices, physicians, and staff must prepare in advance for these changes to ensure a successful transitio...

Educate Patients at Home With ASCO Answers

ASCO  /  September 10, 2020

Safely continue to provide trusted education materials by sending your patients to cancer.net/ascoanswers. On Cancer.Net, they will find dozens of ASCO Answers patient education materials to download for free in a PDF format. ASCO Answers materials cover a wide variety of cancer-related topics, such...

Issues in Oncology

For Your Patients: An Expert Q&A on Cancer Disparities and Health Equity

Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD  /  August 25, 2020

Cancer does not affect all people equally. The phrase “cancer disparities” refers to the differences in the number of new cancer cases as well as differences in cancer outcomes that exist among different populations. Disparities more often negatively affect racial and ethnic minorities, poor people...

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