ASCO Announces Its Fall Ask the Expert Series Schedule

August 18, 2005

Heather Goethe
Elizabeth Milbank


--Live Online Chats Hosted by Nationally Recognized Cancer Experts--

Alexandria, VA -- People Living With Cancer (, the patient website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) connects patients, caregivers, family, and friends with leading cancer experts through live online question-and-answer forums featuring a wide variety of cancer topics. Coming up are several interactive web events where participants will gain a broad understanding of specific cancer types while also having the opportunity to have their questions answered in a supportive and anonymous setting.

Lymphoma: Exploring Treatment Advances
September 12, 2005, 2:00-3:00 PM (ET)
September is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month

ASCO’s 2005-2006 President and nationally recognized lymphoma expert Sandra Horning, MD, will answer questions live online regarding treating and coping with this disease. A special emphasis will be placed on highlighting the latest research advances and the role clinical trials play in these important developments. Other items of discussion will include:

  • The role of gene therapy and vaccines for the treatment of lymphoma
  • Improved strategies for diagnosing lymphoma

About the Expert:
In addition to Dr. Horning’s leadership role with ASCO, she is also a Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Medical Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Stanford University Medical Center. She has served in this role since 1980 and was honored by the University for her excellence in patient care in 2000. She is also the Chair of the Lymphoma Committee at the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and Principal Investigator for clinical trials in Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas.

Click here for camera-ready, anatomical illustrations of both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas:

Living With Leukemia: Tips for Maintaining Quality of Life
September 19, 2005, 2:00-3:00 PM (ET)

September is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month

Hosted by Charles Allen Schiffer, MD, of Wayne State University School of Medicine Karmanos Cancer Institute, this chat will focus on such topics as:

  • The latest research advances in the treatment of leukemia
  • The role of bone marrow transplantation
  • Clinical trials
  • Maintaining quality of life with leukemia

About the Expert:
Dr. Schiffer is a highly respected national expert in leukemia and platelet transfusion therapy and has published numerous papers on these subjects. In his role as Professor of Medicine and Oncologist at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Schiffer trains tomorrow’s oncology professionals. He also sits on the editorial boards of numerous oncology journals.

Click here to learn more about the different types of leukemia and to access camera-ready, anatomical illustrations of this disease:

Breast Cancer Basics: What Every Woman Needs To Know
October 17, 2005, 2:00-3:00 PM (ET)
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Lori Goldstein, MD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center, is a widely recognized leader in the field of breast cancer research. Dr. Goldstein will provide this month’s chat participants with a broad understanding of breast cancer. Women with breast cancer and their families, friends, and caregivers who want to learn more about this disease that affects more than 200,000 women each year will benefit from this discussion. Topics will include:

  • How to reduce the risk of breast cancer
  • Understanding the genetics of breast cancer
  • The importance of early detection
  • New treatment advances
  • Living with breast cancer
  • Managing treatment-related side effects

About the Expert:
Dr. Goldstein is the Principal Investigator at the Eastern Cooperative Group and serves as an Associate Professor for the Department of Medical Oncology at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Her research has been published in a wide variety of peer-reviewed publications. She is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Cancer Guideline Committee where she helps set practice guidelines for oncologists across the nation.

Click here for camera-ready art of breast cancer by disease stage:

Visit for complete login details and recommended reading for each live chat. Reporters wishing to set up an interview with an expert or to participate in the chats should call 703-299-1016 for more information. A transcript of each chat will be posted online the following business day.

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