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Clifford A. Hudis, MD: Are Cancer Drug Prices in the U.S. the Problem or the Symptom?

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How the First International Summit on Interventional Pharmacoeconomics Is Sparking Discussion on Reducing Cancer Costs

Three years ago, former Chief Executive Officer of ASCO, Allen S. Lichter, MD; Laurence H. Baker, DO, Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor; Leonard Saltz, MD, a gastrointestinal oncologist at Memorial Sloan...

ASCO Special Report: Resuming Cancer Care Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I’m very pleased to be joined by Piyush Srivastava, MD, Past Chair of ASCO’s Clinical Practice Committee. Dr. Srivastava is a practicing gastrointestinal oncologist, Regional Medical Director of the End of Life Options Program, and Director of Outpatient Palliative Care at Kaiser Permanente Walnut...

Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD, MMSc, Named Next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Oncology

Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD, MMSc, has been appointed as the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), the flagship journal of ASCO. JCO publishes cutting-edge research on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer and is one of the most highly cited oncology journals...

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Clifford A. Hudis, MD, and Allen S. Lichter, MD, on Oncology Drug Pricing in the United States: What You Need to Know

Allen S. Lichter, MD, of the Value in Cancer Care Consortium, interviews Clifford A. Hudis, MD, Chief Executive Officer of ASCO, on the question of whether cancer drug prices in the United States are the problem, or just the symptom, of a larger systemic issue.

ASCO Welcomes 2020–2021 Board of Directors

ASCO is pleased to welcome the 2020–2021 Board of Directors and introduce the newly installed leaders who began their terms at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting on June 1, 2020. ASCO and the Board of Directors extend their sincere gratitude to the outgoing Board members whose terms...

The Power of mCODE

ASCO Chief Executive Officer Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, hosts the ASCO in Action Podcast, which focuses on policy and practice issues affecting providers and patients. An excerpt of a recent episode is shared below; it has been edited for length and clarity. Listen to the full podcast on...

The ASCO Post and Narratives in Oncology Through the Years

THE ASCO POST is pleased to acknowledge its 10th anniversary. Our first issue was launched in June 2010 at the ASCO Annual Meeting. Beginning in 2012, The ASCO Post introduced Narratives in Oncology, a special commemorative issue profiling leaders in the oncology community. To nominate an...

Fundraising to Help Patients and Oncologists During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation, is raising money through COVID Impacts Cancer, an emergency campaign to support patients with cancer, cancer care teams, and researchers. This fund will aid in advancing vital cancer research and expanding support for patients and oncology providers during and...

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covid-19

Overcoming the Challenges of Presenting the ASCO Annual Meeting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the worldwide cases of the coronavirus started to mount in February and March, medical societies and organizations monitoring the escalating COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international and domestic travel made the difficult decision to postpone or cancel their scientific conferences. On...

pain management

Joint Publication Focuses on Clinical Practice Guidelines on Opioid Use for Pain Management

A recently published article by Schatz et al offers new clarity around the use of prescription opioids in pain management for people with a diagnosis or history of cancer and chronic pain. The joint publication, which appeared in both JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and...

Your Stories Podcast Returns in 2020 With New Episodes

A new season of Your Stories, the popular podcast series from Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation, will premiere in 2020. New episodes will be released bimonthly and will feature candid conversations among doctors, patients, caregivers, and research pioneers on their experiences conquering ...

ASCO Presidents Through the Years: Past, Present, and Future

2020–2021: Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO 2019–2020: Howard “Skip” Burris, III, MD, FACP 2018–2019: Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD 2017–2018: Bruce E. Johnson, MD 2016–2017: Daniel F. Hayes, MD 2015–2016: Julie Vose, MD, MBA 2014–2015: Peter P. Yu, MD 2013–2014: Clifford A. Hudis, MD 2012–2013: Sandra M....

Engage, Discuss, and Learn With ASCO eLearning Multidisciplinary Molecular Tumor Boards

The ASCO eLearning Multidisciplinary Molecular Tumor Boards (MMTBs) offer participants an opportunity to learn from experts and from each other on a variety of tumor-based topics. MMTB formats alternate between slide-based and discussion forum-based layouts. The discussion-based MMTBs are an...

Director of the FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence Discusses Expanded Access, Accelerated Drug Approvals in Latest ASCO in Action Podcast

THE DIRECTOR OF the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE), Richard Pazdur, MD, joins ASCO Chief Executive Officer Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, in the latest ASCO in Action Podcast to discuss the FDA’s new program to make it easier for physicians to...

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ASCO Launches Task Force to Address the Cancer Care Gap in Rural America

Despite progress being made in cancer survivorship—there are currently nearly 17 million cancer survivors in the United States1—not everyone is benefiting equally, especially those patients living in rural communities across America. According to “The State of Oncology Practice in America, 2018:...

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ASCO Announces New Task Force to Address Rural Cancer Care Gap

ASCO recently announced a new task force aimed at reducing disparities and improving outcomes for patients and survivors of cancer who live in rural communities. The new Rural Cancer Care Task Force will identify opportunities to close the rural cancer care gap and implement strategies to improve...

Enhance Your 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting Experience at Podcast Listening Station

THE ASCO ANNUAL Meeting is 5 bustling days of cutting-edge research presentations, educational sessions, and networking events. To enhance conference takeaways and connect attendees more closely with content from the 2019 Annual Meeting, ASCO will host a podcast listening station onsite at...

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CDC Issues Clarification on Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

ASCO, the American Society of Hematology (ASH), and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) recently acknowledged receipt of a key clarification1 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on prescribing opioids to manage pain from certain conditions. The clarification...

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ASCO Announces New Task Force to Address Rural Cancer Care Gap

Yesterday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, ASCO announced a new task force aimed at reducing disparities and improving outcomes for patients and survivors of cancer who live in rural communities. The new Rural Cancer Care Task Force will identify opportunities to close the care gap and ...

ASCO in Action Policy Podcast Features Exclusive Interviews With Top Leadership at FDA, NCI

OVER THE PAST several months, the ASCO in Action Podcast has secured exclusive interviews with high-ranking officials to discuss health policy issues affecting the United States. In March, the Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting...

pain management

CDC Issues Clarification on Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in Patients With Cancer and Sickle Cell Disease

ASCO, the American Society of Hematology (ASH), and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) are pleased to acknowledge receipt of a key clarification from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on prescribing opioids to manage pain from certain conditions. ...

WebMD Recognizes Seven Cancer Innovators With Its Health Heroes Award

On January 15, 2019, WebMD, an online and print health-care resource for consumers, presented its 2018 Health Heroes Award in New York City to 7 people who are making a difference in oncology care. The honorees include Karen M. Winkfield, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Wake...

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

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 most...

MD Anderson President Emeritus, John Mendelsohn, MD, Dies at Age 82

John Mendelsohn, MD, President Emeritus of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, died of glioblastoma on January 7, 2019, at his home in Houston at age 82. He was an internationally acclaimed leader in the field of medicine and scientist whose research helped pioneer a new type of...

Scientific and Career Development Retreat: Networking and Collaborating With Promising Researchers

ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation is committed to supporting the research and career development of young researchers through its Grants & Awards Program. On October 10–11, 2018, Conquer Cancer hosted its 4th Scientific and Career Development Retreat at ASCO headquarters in Alexandria,...

A Career Path Shaped by Unlimited Possibilities for Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO

In this installment of the Living a Full Life series, guest editor Jame Abraham, MD, interviewed Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, ASCO’s Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his current position, Dr. Hudis served in a variety of roles at ASCO, including President during ASCO’s 50th anniversary...

Meet Your ASCO President-Elect, Dr. Howard A. ‘Skip’ Burris

Howard A. “Skip” Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO, a long-time ASCO member and volunteer, began his role as ASCO President-Elect in June 2018. An ASCO member for nearly 30 years, Dr. Burris’ service to the Society is extensive. His volunteer roles include member of the ASCO Board of Directors and...

Cory Wiegert Named New CEO of CancerLinQ LLC

Cory Wiegert has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of ASCO. Mr. Wiegert, a proven expert in building and successfully launching innovative technology solutions, began his new role today (August 13, 2018), overseeing the continued...

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Changes to Maintenance of Certification: New Pathways for Assessment

As you know, for more than 2 years, ASCO has been working closely with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to shape the future of maintenance of certification (MOC) and assessment for our specialty. The ASCO MOC Task Force was charged by ASCO’s membership to make the process for...

Resources to Help You Understand What Right-to-Try Legislation Means for Practices, Patients

WITH CONGRESS having recently passed federal “right-to-try” (RTT) legislation, ASCO has developed a suite of educational resources that will help members understand the impact of this law on cancer care and individuals with cancer. Educational resources include:  Podcast  THE LATEST ASCO in Action...

ASCO, ABIM Collaborate on Pathway to Maintenance of Board Certification

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 ...

ASCO Through the Years: Past Presidents

Over the years many great oncology leaders have served at the helm as ASCO President. We recognize these individuals here, and extend our gratitude for their service and efforts to champion high-quality cancer care. 2018-2019: Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD 2017-2018: Bruce E. Johnson, MD 2016-2017:...

Serving as ASCO President Is One of the Best Jobs in the World

The opportunity to serve as ASCO President is the greatest honor of my professional career. It has been a pleasure and a highly rewarding experience to interact with our members and members of ASCO’s Board, executive leadership, and professional staff during my tenure. The year has allowed me to...

ASCO and ABIM Announce Collaboration on Maintenance of Certification Pathway

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. Beginning in 2020, oncologists will be able to choose from two different assessment pathways. They may take an ...

State-Level Cancer Policy Priorities, Advocacy Discussed in Statehouses and on ASCO in Action Podcast

WITH THE MAJORITY of state legislatures currently in session, ASCO and state societies across the country continue to work together to ensure lawmakers understand how legislation impacts the cancer care delivery system.  For example, in Rhode Island and Washington, ASCO worked with the Rhode Island ...

ASCO Hosts Inaugural State of Cancer Care in America Event to Examine Issues in Precision Medicine

Precision medicine is changing cancer care in profound ways. It is expected that the number of patients who benefit from precision medicine will continue to increase in the coming years, as treatments become more effective and research yields more insights on patient populations who are most likely ...

immunotherapy

Encourage Patients To Promptly Report Immunotherapy Side Effects

Physicians can be proactive in alerting patients to possible adverse effects of immunotherapy and in encouraging patients to report them. “It is important to emphasize that whenever a patient develops a new symptom, always considering that this might be an immune-related side effect. We need to...

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ASCO Advocate of the Year Stresses Importance of Congressional Advocacy on ASCO in Action Podcast

Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO, the current Chair of ASCO’s Government Relations Committee and this past year’s ASCO Advocate of the Year, joins ASCO CEO Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO, to discuss Congressional advocacy and the role it plays in shaping cancer-related policies.  She explains how...

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immunotherapy

ASCO Names CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy Its Clinical Advance of the Year

This past January, ASCO published Clinical Cancer Advances 2018,1 its 13th annual report on the progress being made against cancer. The report names chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy as ASCO’s Advance of the Year. In 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved two ...

ASCO, NCCN Provide Guidance on Understanding and Managing Immunotherapy Side Effects

Immunotherapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors is the first of a new generation of immunotherapy treatments, revolutionizing treatment for many different types of cancer. By unleashing the body’s immune system to attack cancer, these treatments can send even the most hard-to-treat cancers into...

ASCO in Action’s New Podcast Series Addresses Critical Cancer Policy and Practice Issues

IN JANUARY 2018, ASCO launched the ASCO in Action Podcast, a new podcast series hosted by ASCO Chief Executive Officer Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO. This series features thought leaders and experts in oncology discussing the most pressing policy and practice issues impacting the cancer care...

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symptom management
immunotherapy

ASCO and NCCN Provide Guidelines for Managing Immunotherapy Side Effects

Immunotherapy with immune checkpoint inhibitors is the first of a new generation of immunotherapy treatments, revolutionizing treatment for many different types of cancer. By unleashing the body's immune system to attack cancer, these treatments can send even the most hard-to-treat cancers into...

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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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