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ASH 2021 Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism in Patients With Cancer

As reported in Blood Advances by Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, FASCO, FRCP, and colleagues, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) has issued evidence-based guidelines intended to assist patients, clinicians, and other health-care professionals in decisions regarding the prevention and treatment of...

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

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...

Conquer Cancer Announces 2020 Quality Care Symposium Merit Awards

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...


The Blind Leading the Blind: COVID-19, Cancer, and the Need for More Data

In the novel Blindness, Portuguese author José Saramago describes an epidemic that quickly and inexorably causes nearly all inhabitants of an unnamed city to lose their sight. The Nobel Laureate writes in long uninterrupted sentences, making the reader experience the fears and anxieties of the...

Conquer Cancer Honors Early-Career Cancer Researchers With Merit Awards

ASCO and Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation®, congratulate the recipients of recent Conquer Cancer Merit Awards, which recognize oncology fellows’ and trainees’ high-quality research submitted in abstracts to an ASCO-sponsored or cosponsored meeting. These early-career researchers presented their...

hematologic malignancies

Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, on Myeloid Growth Factors: New Biosimilar Approvals

Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, discusses current strategies for the use of biosimilars to treat cancer-induced anemia and neutropenia, and the need to provide evidence for the efficacy of these agents to allay any concerns about...

integrative oncology
breast cancer

Be Prepared to Answer—and Ask—Questions About Integrative Therapy

ASCO HAS ENDORSED the recommendations in the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) clinical practice guidelines for integrative therapies during and after breast cancer.1,2 The guidelines “are clear, thorough, and based on the most relevant scientific evidence,” wrote the ASCO expert panel that...

breast cancer
integrative oncology

ASCO Endorses Guidelines for Integrative Therapies During and After Breast Cancer Treatment

RECOMMENDATIONS IN the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) clinical practice guidelines for integrative therapies during and after breast cancer treatment “are clear, thorough, and based on the most relevant scientific evidence,” concluded an ASCO expert panel that reviewed the guidelines.1,2...

issues in oncology

Opportunities, Issues, and Challenges for Biosimilars in Oncology

In an article published recently in TheNew England Journal of Medicine, Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, FACP, FRCP (Edin), FASCO, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and colleagues reviewed opportunities, issues, and challenges posed by the advent of biosimilar medications, focusing on...

solid tumors
gastrointestinal cancer
colorectal cancer

Care for Colorectal Cancer Costs Twice as Much in Western Washington vs British Columbia, With Similar Survival

It is widely acknowledged that the costs of cancer care are much higher in the United States than in Canada, with outcomes that are thought to be similar. A new study presented at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting supports that view, by documenting and quantifying the differences in health-care costs...

geriatric oncology

Broadening the Evidence Base for Older Patients: FDA-ASCO Workshop Explores Emerging Strategies

In the not-so-distant past, clinical trials were considered an option only for the young and fit. Enrolling older people “used to be thought unethical,” said Janet Woodcock, MD, Director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), as she opened...

ASCO Value in Cancer Care Task Force

The Value in Cancer Care Task Force was established in 2007 to educate oncologists about the importance of discussing costs associated with recommended treatments, empower patients to ask questions about the anticipated costs of their treatment options, identify the drivers of the rising costs of...

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Is This the Dawn of Cancer Biosimilars?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, did more than make it possible for millions of Americans to afford health care; it also established an abbreviated approval pathway for biologic products that are “biosimilar” to, or shown to be “interchangeable” with, a U.S....

health-care policy

ASCO Issues New Guideline on Chemotherapy Dosing for Obese Patients

In April, ASCO released a new clinical practice guideline on the appropriate dosing of chemotherapy drugs given to obese adult patients with cancer. The result of an analysis by a panel of experts assembled by ASCO, the guideline calls for the use of a patient's actual body weight when calculating...

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Novel Multikinase Inhibitor Improves Survival in Metastatic Colorectal CancerBy Caroline HelwickThe novel tyrosine kinase inhibitor regorafenib, given as a single agent to patients with treatment-refractory metastatic colorectal cancer, significantly improved overall survival and delayed disease...

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Venous Thromboembolism in Patients with Cancer: Real-world Challenges for the Practicing Oncologist 

The close association between cancer and thrombosis has been recognized now for more than 150 years.1 Not only is it now known that patients with cancer are at substantially increased risk of developing venous thromboembolism, even prior to the diagnosis of cancer, but the association between...

SIDEBAR: Venous Thromboembolism Expert Panel

Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, FRCP (Edin), Co-Chair, Duke University Medical Center Anna Falanga, MD, Co-Chair, Ospedali Riuiniti Bergamo, Italy Daniel Clarke-Pearson, MD, University of North Carolina Christopher Flowers, MD, MS, Winship Cancer Institute Charles W. Francis, MD, University of...

breast cancer

ASCO Guideline Update Extends Sentinel Node Biopsy Indications in Breast Cancer

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) published its first guideline for sentinel lymph node biopsy in 2005.1 Since that time, many new randomized and cohort studies have been published investigating the indications and outcomes of the procedure. The updated 2014 guideline, recently...

breast cancer

ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline Update: Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Patients With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

ASCO recently convened an update committee of experts in medical oncology, pathology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, guideline implementation, and advocacy to develop evidence-based recommendations that update the ASCO 2005 clinical practice guideline on use of sentinel node biopsy in...

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Our First Charge: Fostering the Next Generation of Oncologists and Cancer Researchers

Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, FASCO, is Co-Director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, a Full Member of the Divisions of Public Health Sciences and Clinical Research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Pharmacy at the...

ASCO Guidelines: A Collaborative Effort

The ASCO Guidelines Program has worked with other professional societies and guideline development organizations in an effort to expand the ASCO guideline portfolio and harmonize recommended care options across prominent guideline development groups. For ASCO, this effort began with a systematic...

solid tumors

ASCO Recommendations for Use of White Blood Cell Growth Factors: What Remains the Same and What Has Been Modified

Neutropenic complications remain the main dose-limiting toxicity of cancer chemotherapy treatment and are associated with considerable morbidity, mortality, and costs.1 Although patients who have experienced a prior neutropenic event are at increased risk of subsequent events, several studies have...

integrative oncology
palliative care

ASCO University® Offers Resources for Palliative and Team-Based Care

ASCO University®, ASCO’s eLearning center, offers an array of courses and programs relevant to palliative care and multidisciplinary team–based cancer care. Below are descriptions of just a few of these offerings. Pain Management Released in March 2015, ASCO University’s “Pain Management Program”...

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ASCO Clinical Practice Guideline Update 2014: No Change to 2013 Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis and Treatment Guideline

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Lyman et al, an ASCO update committee recommended no changes to the 2013 clinical practice guideline for venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis and treatment after review of 53 new publications in the area that became available between...