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July 14, 2009 • Volume 6 / Number 14

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Clinician/patient discussions about cost are a key component of high-quality care. Cancer Doctors Urged to Discuss Treatment Costs With Patients

The skyrocketing cost of medical care has been front and center in the current deliberations over how to reform the country’s health care system. A new guidance statement released last week by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) tackles one component of the issue head on, urging oncologists to discuss the potential financial costs of care with their patients. These clinician/patient discussions about cost, the guidance statement declares, are “a key component of high-quality care.” Read more > >


A Conversation With...Dr. Edith Perez

Dr. Edith Perez is a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, and the co-principal investigator and North American coordinator for the Adjuvant Lapatinib and/or Trastuzumab Treatment Optimization (ALTTO) clinical trial, an international phase III clinical trial that aims to define the optimal treatment for early stage HER2-positive breast cancer. Read more > >



  • FDA Update

    • Black Box Warnings Added to Two Smoking Cessation Drugs
    • Agency Approves First Maintenance Chemotherapy Agent for NSCLC


    • State-of-the-Science Conference on Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Slated for September
    • Chemical Biology Consortium Kick-off Meeting Set for August
    • Manifesto on Childhood Cancer Emerges from Meeting in Senegal
    • New Issue of CCR Connections Released
    • New State Cancer Legislative Database Newsletter and Fact Sheet Now Available

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