Multiple abstracts on melanoma and skin cancer were reviewed at the ASCO Annual Meeting, with a focus on new treatment approaches in non-melanoma skin cancers, particularly basal cell carcinoma and Merkel cell carcinoma.
When treating patients, we often ask ourselves how the results of the tests we order will potentially change our management of the patient, or change the way we think about our patient’s disease, or offer information that will enhance our treatment approach.
In his address, Dr. Clifford Hudis proposed the following solutions for achieving social justice in cancer care: creating more private and public resources, addressing disparities in cancer risk and in access to high-quality care, defining “value” in cancer care, and harnessing the new power of information technology.
With cancer care costs rising rapidly there is increased pressure to search for value in how we care for our patients.
The cost of healthcare is spiraling out of control in the United States, and compared with other countries we don’t even have better health indices to show for it. We currently spend $2.8 trillion annually on healthcare, and this is predicted to increase greatly in the coming years.
One of the most fascinating sessions I attended so far here at ASCO was on payment reform. As a faculty member of a cancer center at a state university, I generally consider myself lucky that I can remain quite sheltered from the financial side of oncology clinical care.
I would argue that the “personalized” care that geriatric oncologists are championing should be the future of oncology as much as the “precision” care of immune-based and targeted therapies.
The University of North Carolina has multiple posters accepted to the Gynecologic Oncology General Poster Session at this year’s ASCO meeting. Let’s take a virtual walk through several of these abstracts.
As a radiation oncologist in training with interests in multiple disease sites, geriatrics, and health services research, I find ASCO extremely educational, motivating, and often frustrating: There is absolutely no way to attend every session of interest.
This morning I attended the Annual PLATO Fellows Forum in Breast Oncology at ASCO. This is a fantastic venue in which oncology trainees can learn about cutting-edge breast cancer management strategies and the frontiers of research.