“We set about revising the ASCO tobacco control policy; the ultimate goal was the global elimination of tobacco products.”
—Paul A. Bunn, Jr, MD
One highlight of serving as ASCO President is working with the outstanding staff—to name just a few, Executive Vice President Charles M. Balch, MD; Chief Operating Officer Ron Beller, PhD; Jean Colvard; Roseanna Thoman; and all the Department heads. During my Presidency, we undertook some very exciting initiatives. One was the elevation of the Cancer Prevention Task Force to full committee status, which allows the Society to focus more effectively on the creation of cancer education and prevention initiatives. Part of ASCO’s strategic planning was to become the authoritative resource for cancer. Since lung cancer is the number one cancer killer worldwide, I thought that we should lead in prevention initiatives. So we set about revising the ASCO tobacco control policy; the ultimate goal was the global elimination of tobacco products. In part, the policy called for efforts to increase tobacco taxes, expand prevention programs, limit promotions, and impose trade restrictions. It was a bold move, and one that I am proud of. ■
The last 50 years have been marked by significant advances in cancer research and in more effective therapy for patients. Once viewed as a largely untreatable, fatal disease, today a number of cancers are being converted into chronic diseases that can be managed for long periods of time. The result ...