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Bolder, More Aggressive Steps Needed to Achieve Cancer Care Equity

ASCO called for new actions to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes affecting racial and ethnic minorities, rural populations, sexual and gender minorities, people without insurance, and other disadvantaged populations. In a policy statement published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO),...

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

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...

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covid-19

ASCO’s National Cancer Opinion Survey Reveals Concerns Over Delays in Cancer Screenings Due to COVID-19 and Inequities in Health Care

Findings from ASCO’s fourth annual National Cancer Opinion Survey showed the toll the COVID-19 pandemic is taking on patients with cancer and the concerns over delays in scheduling cancer screenings. In addition, a majority of survey respondents acknowledged that racism can impact the care a person ...

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Ending Systemic Racism in Oncology Is Everyone’s Responsibility

Five years ago, as Rachel B. Issaka, MD, MAS, was beginning her second year as a gastroenterology fellow and feeling proud of the progress she was making in her training, she was suddenly confronted with an all-too-familiar slight that underrepresented minority providers may often experience. As...

Regional Council for a Stronger Society

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....

ASCO Position Statement Recommends Specific Actions for Applying Telemedicine in Cancer Care During Pandemic and Beyond

A new position statement by ASCO calls for the continuation of flexibilities in reimbursement that have allowed the expanded use of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement, which also calls for further research on telemedicine’s effectiveness and benefits, offers recommendations...

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Setting an Ambitious Path to Ensure Health Equity for All Patients With Cancer

In keeping with her Presidential theme of “Equity: Every Patient, Every Day, Everywhere,” in July, ASCO President Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, announced the Society was joining forces with the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) to increase racial and ethnic minority participation...

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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Weathering the Storm: Personal Steps Toward Racial Equity in Oncology

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane because it often results in physical death. I see no alternative to direct action and creative nonviolence to raise the conscience of the nation.” —Martin Luther King, Jr, speaking before the Medical...

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Responding to Racism and Health Inequality as a Cancer Care Community

On June 3, 2020, ASCO President Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, issued a statement on racism and health inequality. An excerpt from the statement follows: Months ago, when I defined a theme for my year as ASCO President, “Equity:Every Patient. Every Day. Everywhere,” I never imagined we would...

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ASCO and ACCC Join Forces to Increase Participation of Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations in Cancer Treatment Trials

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) have announced a new collaboration to foster participation in oncology clinical trials to more fully reflect the diversity of people at risk for or living with cancer. The joint ASCO-ACCC initiative...

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...

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Responding to Racism and Health Inequality as a Cancer Care Community

Months ago, when I defined a theme for my year as ASCO President, “Equity: Every Patient. Every Day. Everywhere,” I never imagined we would experience a health-care pandemic that would disproportionally impact people of color. Nor could I know this would be the moment when yet another brutal crime ...

ASCO’s President Aims to Ensure Equitable Cancer Care for Every Patient

The desire to pursue a career in medicine took root when Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, was a young child visiting family in segregated Ahoskie, North Carolina. She witnessed firsthand the impact the town’s lone African American family physician had on the community. When it came time to...

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...

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ASCO’s President-Elect Aims to Ensure Equitable Cancer Care for Every Patient

The desire to pursue a career in medicine took root when Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, was a young child visiting family in segregated Ahoskie, North Carolina. She witnessed firsthand the impact the town’s lone African American family physician had on the community. When it came time to...

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United Against Cancer to Accelerate Progress for Patients

When I chose my Presidential theme for the 2020 ASCO Annual Meeting, “Unite and Conquer: Accelerating Progress Together,” in early 2019, I never imagined it would take on a new meaning 12 months later. The world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, and, even as we practice social distancing, I...

breast cancer
genomics/genetics

Joint Guideline Sheds Light on Management of Hereditary Breast Cancer

As germline genetic testing becomes more widespread among patients with breast cancer, recommendations for the appropriate management of patients with hereditary breast cancer are needed. Until now, no ASCO guideline has addressed the management of hereditary breast cancer, even for carriers of...

International Palliative Care Workshop in Russia Educates Providers, Improves Care Across Region

ASCO, in collaboration with international oncology societies, hosts International Palliative Care Workshops (IPCWs) designed to teach participants practical skills in patient communication and the management of cancer symptoms and pain. The IPCWs are led by ASCO member volunteers and local experts...

Radiation Oncologist Felix Y. Feng, MD, Strives for Balance Between Work and Family Life

In this installment of the Living a Full Life series, guest editor Jame Abraham, MD, FACP, spoke with Felix Y. Feng, MD, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Urology, and Medicine; George and Judy Marcus Distinguished Professor; Vice Chair of Translational Research in the Department of Radiation...

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....

Special Events at the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting

1. (Left to right) Sandra Swain, MD, FASCO, Lynn M. Schuchter, MD, FASCO, and Linda Bosserman, MD, FACP, FASCO, among the speakers and guests at the Women Leaders in Oncology Event, held in conjunction with the ASCO Annual Meeting, June 3, 2019. Photo by © ASCO/Matt Herp 2019. 2. Attendees at the...

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How Patient Advocacy Is Integral to High-Quality Oncology Care

Karen M. Winkfield, MD, PhD, has made patient advocacy—with a specific emphasis on health equity and access to high-quality care—front and center of her oncology practice since she completed her residency at the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program in Boston, where she noticed that most of the...

A Compassionate Family Doctor Sparked an Interest in Medicine for Lori Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO

GUEST EDITOR Jame Abraham, MD, FACP Dr. Abraham is the Director of the Breast Oncology Program at Taussig Cancer Institute, and Professor of Medicine, Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic. For this installment of the Living a Full Life series of articles, guest editor Jame Abraham, MD,...

Radiation Oncologist Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASCO, FASTRO, Enjoys Balancing Administrative and Clinical Roles

Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASCO, FASTRO, grew up in Washington, DC, and moved with her family to Philadelphia while in high school. She still considers the fast-paced DC–Philadelphia corridor her home, but her passion for a career in medicine, in part, took seed in a small town located in North...

Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, Elected ASCO President for 2020–2021 Term

ASCO has elected Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, a long-time member and volunteer, to serve as its President for the term beginning in June 2020. She will take office as President-Elect during the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago in June 2019. Six new members were also elected to the ASCO Board of ...

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ASCO President-Elect Candidates Identify Key Issues Facing the Field of Oncology

Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, of the University of Michigan, and Carolyn D. Runowicz, MD, FASCO, of Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, were selected by the ASCO Nominating Committee as candidates for President-Elect. Why do you want to serve as ASCO...

2019 ASCO Election Candidates

The ASCO Nominating Committee has selected 15 distinguished ASCO members as candidates for open leadership positions within the Society, including: The office of President-Elect Three seats on the Society’s Board of Directors Three seats on the Nominating Committee Biographical information and...

ASCO Honors Leaders in Cancer Care With 2018 Special Awards

ASCO AND ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation recognized winners of ASCO’s 2018 Special Awards and Conquer Cancer’s Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards during the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting, June 1 to June 4, in Chicago. The recipients of these awards included researchers, patient advocates, and...

ASCO Honors Leaders in Cancer Care With 2018 Special Awards

ASCO and ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation are proud to recognize the winners of ASCO’s Special Awards and Conquer Cancer’s Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards. The recipients of these awards include researchers, patient advocates, and global oncology leaders who have worked to transform...

Radiation Oncologist Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASCO, FASTRO, Enjoys Balancing Administrative and Clinical Roles

Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASCO, FASTRO, grew up in Washington, DC, and moved with her family to Philadelphia while in high school. She still considers the fast-paced DC–Philadelphia corridor her home, but her passion for a career in medicine, in part, took seed in a small town located in North...

Growing Leadership Development Program Tasks Participants With Increasing Society Engagement

The 2016–2017 ASCO Leadership Development Program recently welcomed 16 new participants to its ranks. The Leadership Development Program is a yearlong program designed to shape future leaders by teaching them valuable leadership skills and providing them with networking and mentorship opportunities ...

Lisa A. Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO, Balances Her Passions of Surgical Breast Oncology and Breast Cancer Disparity Research, Both Home and Abroad

Lisa A. Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO, Director of the Henry Ford Health System’s Breast Oncology Program, was born in New York, New York and, according to her, was blessed to have had parents who lived the African American version of the “American Dream.” Dr. Newman’s father was the son of...

SIDEBAR: Nonrandomized Analysis Viewed with Skepticism

The findings from Grumley et al contradict the results from randomized trials of lumpectomy vs lumpectomy and radiotherapy for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and highlight the potential pitfalls of retrospective analyses. The meta-analysis of the DCIS trials revealed a significant 54% reduction in ...

breast cancer

Study Questions Use of Partial Breast Brachytherapy in Older Women

Partial breast brachytherapy is less effective and more toxic than whole-breast irradiation when used after lumpectomy, suggests an analysis of Medicare claims data. In the 2000–2007 study of more than 130,000 older women with breast cancer—the largest of its kind to date—the rate of mastectomy in...

breast cancer

2012 Breast Cancer Symposium to Expand Tumor Board Session, Add ‘Meet the Professors’ Session

The days of attending the Breast Cancer Symposium, just quietly listening to useful lectures, and then going home are over. In recent years, the meeting’s sponsors and planners have worked to make the 3-day gathering far more interactive and as intimate as a meeting with 1,500 attendees can be....

SIDEBAR: Critical Information on Radiation's Heart Effects  

The paper by Darby et al provides extremely important information on quantitative estimates of the effect of radiotherapy on coronary events in women with breast cancer.1 The authors have determined a direct relationship between radiation dose and effects on the heart and provide strong evidence...

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Contemporary Studies Dispute Findings of Radiation-Induced Cardiotoxicity  

At the 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium, studies suggested that with current radiotherapy techniques the mean radiation doses to the heart are much lower—and thus radiotherapy is presumably much safer—than findings suggested by an article published in The New England Journal of Medicine last spring.1...

breast cancer

Increasing the Use of Hypofractionated Radiation in Early-Stage Breast Cancer: The Way Forward

Bekelman and colleagues are to be congratulated on the publication of an important paper—reviewed in this issue of The ASCO Post—alerting us all to the underutilization of hypofractionated whole-breast irradiation in the treatment of early-stage breast cancer.1 As background, recent randomized...

breast cancer

Hypofractionated Whole-Breast Irradiation After Breast-Conserving Surgery Used in Up to One-Third of Eligible Patients

In a study reported in JAMA, Justin E. Bekelman, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and colleagues found that approximately two-thirds of patients with early-stage breast cancer for whom hypofractionated whole-breast irradiation (for 3–5 weeks) was endorsed received...

Researchers and Scientists Honored for Improving Cancer Prevention, Treatment, and Patient Care

The ASCO Special Awards recognize the dedication and significant contributions of researchers, patient advocates, and leaders of the global oncology community to enhancing cancer prevention, treatment, and patient care. Among this year’s awardees are an international leader in geriatric oncology...

breast cancer

Lori Pierce, MD, on Breast Cancer Radiotherapy: Late Side Effects

Lori J. Pierce, MD, of the University of Michigan Health System, discusses findings on second cancer incidence and non-breast cancer mortality among 40,000 women in 75 clinical trials. (Abstract S5-08)

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