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Celebrating the Life of Jimmie Holland, MD

The oncology community mourns the sudden passing of Jimmie C. Holland, MD, who died on December 24, 2017, at the age of 89. Dr. Holland’s achievements over her 40-year career are legend. They include the founding of the subspecialty of psycho-oncology, the establishment of a full-time Psychiatry...

solid tumors
breast cancer

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

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 ...

Oncologists Urged to Be Proactive in Advising Patients to Reduce Risk of Alcohol-Related Cancers

A recently released ASCO statement summarizing extensive evidence linking alcohol use to an increased risk of several leading cancers, including breast, colon, and head and neck, called on oncologists “as front-line providers for cancer patients” to help patients reduce excessive alcohol use.1...

Highlights From the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s Third Annual Career Development Retreat

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO is committed to supporting the research and career development of young researchers through its Grants & Awards Program. In October 2017, Conquer Cancer hosted its third Scientific and Career Development Retreat at ASCO Headquarters in Alexandria,...

issues in oncology

Link Between Cancer and Diabetes, High Body Mass Index

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Cancer Research Fund, there is a causal association between a high body mass index (BMI) and 14 cancers, including colorectal, gallbladder, pancreatic, kidney, liver, endometrial, postmenopausal breast, ovarian, gastric...

ASCO Offers Path to Addressing Affordability of Cancer Drugs

ASCO RECENTLY issued a position statement on rising cancer drug prices. The statement, asserting that solutions to address the affordability of cancer drugs must also preserve patients’ access to care and foster innovation, analyzes a wide array of options and recommends that a panel of...

cost of care

ASCO Offers Path to Addressing Affordability of Cancer Drugs in New Position Statement

Today, ASCO issued a position statement aimed at contributing to the national dialogue on rising cancer drug prices. The statement, which asserts that any solutions must also preserve patients' access to care and foster innovation, analyzes a wide array of options and recommends that a panel of...

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, Selected for Drexel 100

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 respective...

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, and Julie Vose, MD, MBA: A Conversation With ASCO’s CEO

Julie Vose, MD, MBA, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Clifford A. Hudis, MD, ASCO’s current CEO, discuss the state of cancer care and the challenges that lie ahead.

ASCO Announces CancerLinQ Partnerships With the FDA and the NCI

CancerLinQ®, ASCO’s big data initiative to rapidly improve the quality of cancer care, is partnering with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study the real-world use of newly approved cancer treatments and speed and strengthen the...

Leader in International Clinical Trials, Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, Dies at 71

Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, Co-Chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, succumbed to a sudden illness at his home and died on May 10, 2017, at the age of 71. A giant in national and international clinical research since 1977, Dr. Comis is known as a champion of patient access to cancer...

ASCO Presidents Through the Years

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, MD 2008–2009 Richard...

Leader in International Clinical Trials, Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, Dies at 71

Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, Co-Chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, succumbed to a sudden illness at his home and died on May 10, 2017, at the age of 71. A giant in national and international clinical research since 1977, Dr. Comis is known as a champion of patient access to cancer...

ASCO CEO Reflects on His First Year in Office and What Is Ahead

June 27, 2017, marks the 1-year anniversary since Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, began his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of ASCO. With the launch of the national Cancer Moonshot and the changes in the White House and Congress, it has been a year of tremendous activity drawing on all of...

My Year of Living Wonderfully: 12 Months as ASCO President

EACH YEAR, the ASCO President chooses a theme for his or her term, which is not a trivial pursuit. Trying to think up something novel and catchy, yet not schmaltzy, is quite a challenge. However, in my year as Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for the 2010 ASCO Annual Meeting, then during...

ASCO Remembers Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO

ASCO and the oncology community are deeply saddened by the loss of Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, who passed away on May 10, 2017, at the age of 71. Dr. Comis was a powerful voice in support of clinical trials, cooperative group research, and patient advocacy throughout his career. “Bob helped...

health-care policy

ASCO Applauds Congress for Providing Additional $2 Billion in NIH Funding

On May 1, Congress announced a bipartisan 2017 budget deal that contains a $2 billion increase in medical research funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including $475 million more for the National Cancer Institute. The budget also maintains funding for cancer control programs at the ...

issues in oncology

How ASCO’s CancerLinQ Discovery™ Will Help Speed Research Advances and Improve Patient Outcomes

This past November, ASCO announced the launch of CancerLinQ Discovery™, a big data learning platform physicians and researchers can use to analyze highly curated, de-identified, real-world cancer care data sets to broaden their clinical knowledge about specific cancers and eventually improve...

Guidelines Planned on Management of Immunotherapy Side Effects: ASCO and NCCN to Collaborate on Development

Given the pace of advances in immunotherapy in recent years and physicians’ need to keep up with these developments, ASCO and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) have announced a joint collaboration to publish practical clinical guidance on the management of side effects caused by...

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health-care policy

The Path Forward for Clinical Pathways in Oncology

The year 2016 was a memorable one for oncology. In January, President Barack Obama announced the launch of the National Cancer Moonshot initiative, spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden, which aims to accelerate cancer research. And in December, through bipartisan Congressional support, the 21st ...

ASCO and NCCN to Collaborate on Guidelines on Management of Immunotherapy Side Effects

ASCO and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) have announced a joint collaboration to publish practical clinical guidance on the management of side effects caused by immunotherapy. This novel collaboration aims to rapidly support improved quality of care for the growing number of...

health-care policy

Oncology Organizations Applaud Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act

On Tuesday, December 13, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, landmark legislation designed to improve and accelerate the pace of biomedical research in the United States. ASCO Chief Executive Officer Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, attended the White House signing ceremony ...

ASCO CEO Dr. Clifford Hudis Commends President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Congress During 21st Century Cures Act Signing Ceremony

On Tuesday, December 13, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, landmark legislation designed to improve and accelerate the pace of biomedical research in the United States. ASCO Chief Executive Officer Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, attended the White House signing ceremony...

Research Community Forum 2016 Annual Meeting: Using Collective Wisdom to Improve Cancer Research

The ASCO Research Community Forum held its 2016 Annual Meeting from September 25–26, at ASCO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Nearly 100 physician investigators and research staff from all types of research sites across the United States attended the meeting. Each year, the ASCO Research...

health-care policy

ASCO Launches COME HOME Initiative to Give Oncology Practices Concrete Path Toward Alternative Payment System

On November 2, ASCO and Innovative Oncology Business Solutions, Inc, (IOBS) announced a new collaboration, ASCO COME HOME, an oncology medical home program designed to transition community oncology practices from volume-based to value-based care by structuring reimbursement around the full...

ASCO Continues Active Involvement in Cancer Moonshot

This summer, ASCO continued its active involvement in Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative. ASCO joined the Vice President at the formal launch of the moonshot earlier this year, and since then, has discussed research and policy proposals to advance discovery in cancer treatment...

Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO, Leader in Translational Research, Begins Term as ASCO President

In 1995, Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO, gathered with several other oncologists at a conference center in San Francisco to begin writing the first-ever ASCO guidelines on cancer treatment. He and his colleagues felt like pioneers scouting uncharted frontier. “I’ll never forget, that first hour or so, ...

ASCO and CancerLinQ Participated in Landmark Cancer Moonshot Summit

ASCO Chief Executive Officer Clifford A. Hudis, MD, ­FASCO, and CancerLinQ LLC Chief Executive Officer Kevin Fitzpatrick attended Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Summit at Howard University on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Along with leaders and stakeholders across the cancer research and...

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, Allen S. Lichter, MD, and Richard L. Schilsky, MD, on Passing the Torch

Richard L. Schilsky, MD (right), Chief Medical Officer of ASCO, talks with incoming ASCO CEO Clifford A. Hudis, MD (left) and outgoing CEO Allen S. Lichter, MD (center) about the passing of the torch and their perspectives on past accomplishments and future goals of the society.

Extending ASCO’s Influence Globally to Improve Patient Care

On June 27, 2016, Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, will begin his tenure as Chief Executive Officer of ASCO, succeeding Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO, who presided over the Society and the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO since 2006. Dr. Hudis’ dedication to ASCO dates back more than 25 years...

ASCO Recognizes 2016 Recipients of FASCO Distinction

�� 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...

breast cancer

Breast Cancer Research Foundation: Revitalizing Academic Research in Breast Cancer Through Drug Research Collaborative

When Evelyn H. Lauder was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1989, she became a vocal spokesperson for women’s health, and in 1993, along with Larry Norton, MD, now Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs and Medical Director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan...

What ASCO Can Do for You—and for Our Patients

This is an exciting time to be an oncologist. I often say I wish I were 30 again and just starting out in my oncology career. Never before have we had such sophisticated technology for evaluation of the tumor or such a potent arsenal of targeted and effective therapies to treat cancer. Further, the ...

In Celebration of a Remarkable Career at ASCO

In March, ASCO announced that Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO, was stepping down as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the end of June, ending his 10-year tenure as head of the Society and the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO. Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, Chief of Breast Medicine Service and Vice...

2016 Special Awards: Researchers and Scientists Recognized for Significant Contributions to Cancer Care

Researchers, patient advocates, and global oncology community leaders dedicated to enhancing cancer prevention, treatment, and patient care will be honored with ASCO’s highest honor, its Special Awards, during the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting. Among this year’s awardees are a lung cancer luminary who...

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, Named ASCO’s Next CEO

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 Officer...

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, Named ASCO’s Next CEO

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 Officer (CEO) ...

issues in oncology

ASCO Provides Support and Guidance for the White House Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Although President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act in 1971, essentially declaring a war on cancer, the genesis of the idea had actually been born 2 years earlier, after the first landing on the moon set off a new era of scientific exploration and sparked a belief that any scientific...

breast cancer

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, on the SOFT Trial

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses findings from abstract S3-08, “Randomized comparison of adjuvant tamoxifen plus ovarian function suppression vs tamoxifen in premenopausal women with hormone receptor–positive early breast cancer: Analysis of the SOFT ...

breast cancer

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, on Enzalutamide in Androgen Receptor–Positive, Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses findings from abstract P5-19-09, “Stage 1 results from MDV3100-11: A two-stage study of enzalutamide, an androgen receptor inhibitor, in advanced androgen receptor–positive triple-negative breast cancer,” presented by ...

breast cancer

Ismail Jatoi, MD, PhD, FACS, and Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACS, Discuss the SOFT Trial

Ismail Jatoi, MD, PhD, FACS, and Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACS, discuss the role of ovarian suppression and hormonal therapy in premenopausal women.

breast cancer

Nicholas C. Turner, MD, PhD, and Clifford A. Hudis, MD, on Results of the PALOMA3 Study on Hormone Receptor–Positive, HER2 Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Nicholas C. Turner, MD, PhD, of the Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Trust, discuss fulvestrant and palbociclib as a treatment option in pre- and postmenopausal women with hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative metastatic breast...

breast cancer

Andrew D. Seidman, MD, and Clifford A. Hudis, MD, on Breast Cancer Decision Analysis

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, and Andrew D. Seidman, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discuss the use of the decision support system Watson for Oncology and results of the iCanCare study on second opinions (Abstracts 566 and 6508).

breast cancer

Julie Gralow, MD, and Clifford A. Hudis, MD, on Bisphosphonates as Adjuvant Therapy in Primary Breast Cancer

Julie Gralow, MD, of the University of Washington/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and Clifford A. Hudis, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discuss this important SWOG trial and why oral bisphosphonates should be made available in the United States (Abstract 503).

breast cancer

Maura N. Dickler, MD, and Clifford A. Hudis, MD, on Results From the CALGB Alliance Trial on Hormone Receptor–Positive Advanced Breast Cancer

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, and Maura N. Dickler, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discuss adding bevacizumab to letrozole as a first-line endocrine therapy for treatment of hormone receptor–positive advanced breast cancer (Abstract 501).

global cancer care
health-care policy

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, and Clifford A. Hudis, MD, on Cancer Care in Resource-Challenged Areas

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Clifford A. Hudis, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discuss the delivery of cancer care in resource-constrained settings such as Rwanda and Haiti, and plans to conduct research in basic tumor biology of patients in these...

issues in oncology

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, on Obesity, Inflammation, and Cancer

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, summarizes his educational lecture on obesity, inflammation, and cancer—an important topic in oncology.

breast cancer

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, on Results of the TAILORx Clinical Trial

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses this prospective study of endocrine therapy alone in patients with ER-positive, HER2-negative, node-negative breast cancer (Abstract 5BA).

Expert Point of View: Clifford A. Hudis, MD

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, said that the findings of the US Oncology study should be “very reassuring” to physicians and patients. “Several recent publications and SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results) database analyses have reported...

health-care policy
legislation

Last-minute ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal by Congress Again Averts Medicare Cuts to Physicians

A last-minute patch to the sustainable growth rate formula included in the “fiscal cliff” deal averted massive cuts to oncologists who care for and treat Medicare patients. “This end-of-year crisis management once again demonstrates the critical need for fundamental reform of the Medicare...

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