Tag Archives: American Society of Clinical Oncology

Report from ASCO: The Year of the Molecule

The American Society of Clinical Oncology, the professional society of Medical Oncologists, just ended its annual meeting in Chicago.  Heavily covered by the media, the meeting was full of blockbuster announcements – seemingly more than usual. When President Nixon declared war on cancer in 1972, he didn’t think it would take forty years to get […]

End of Life Discussions: Coming Clean With Terminal Patients

Historically oncologists have been criticized by the rest of the medical community and by cancer advocacy groups for not “coming clean” with cancer patients whose disease progressed to the point where survival would be short, regardless of what was done. A recent analysis by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the leading organization to which […]

Rationing Cancer Care? An Oncologist Examines the Affordable Care Act Continued…

Last week I published a column on this blog regarding the thorny issue of how we as a society could approach the issue of affordable cancer care, and which treatments might simply be unaffordable from a societal perspective. Shortly after this blog was posted the world’s leading medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, […]

Rationing Cancer Care? An Oncologist Examines the Affordable Care Act

The health care reform act –  known as the Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress and signed into law last year after much contentious debate – will have a profound effect on health care in the United States if it survives the numerous legal challenges making their way through the courts. What are the likely […]