ASCO's Patient Website Shares Oncologists' Perspectives in Caring for Patients With Incurable Cancer

February 7, 2005

Heather Goethe
Elizabeth Milbank

Live Online Chat Answers End of Life Care Questions—February 22, 2005

Editor’s Note: Oncologists specializing in the psychosocial issues of cancer care available for interview.

Alexandria, VA -- The American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) patient website, People Living With Cancer (PLWC), now features oncologists’ personal accounts of caring for patients with advanced, incurable cancer.

These real life stories have been compiled into an anthology titled The Art of Oncology: When the Tumor is Not the Target. Originally published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, ASCO’s peer-reviewed medical journal, this anthology explores how oncologists deal with the emotional issues they themselves encounter as they care for and talk with their patients regarding such difficult matters as hospice care and end of life planning.

The Art of Oncology is divided among four distinct sections: Survivorship Issues, Emotions of Oncologists, Symptom Control in Patients with Advanced Cancer, and End-of-Life Issues. PLWC recognizes the sensitive nature of this material and has prepared summaries of each article to help readers determine in advance if they wish to read any further.

This anthology, edited by Charles Loprinzi, MD of the Mayo Clinic, will be housed in PLWC’s new coping section titled: In Their Own Words. A link to cancer survivors’ stories presently available on the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s Live Strong website is also featured. Survivorship stories and TheArt of Oncology may be accessed by logging onto and then clicking on the “Coping” tab located on the tool bar on the far left of the screen and then selecting the link for In Their Own Words.

Dr. Loprinzi will also host an online chat regarding some of the end of life care issues addressed in The Art of Oncology on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 2:00 PM (ET). During this hour-long question and answer session, Dr. Loprinzi will provide real time answers to patient and caregiver questions on such topics as:

  • How does a person decide when to stop chemotherapy?
  • When should hospice care be considered?
  • Working with the health care team to treat symptoms at the end of life
  • Understanding “do not resuscitate” and “no code” issues
  • The impact on family and the role of the caregiver

Visit for official login details and recommended reading. Those not able to login at the time of the chat are encouraged to submit their questions through the website beforehand. A transcript of the chat will be posted online the following business day by noon (ET). 

Medical information found on PLWC has been approved by an editorial board and supporting advisory panel consisting of more than 100 internationally renowned oncologists, oncology nurses, social workers, and patient advocates.

People Living With Cancer ( is the patient website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. ASCO is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians of all oncology subspecialties who care for people with cancer. ASCO’s more than 20,000 members from the United States and abroad set the standard for patient care worldwide and lead the fight for more effective cancer treatments, increased funding for clinical and translational research, and, ultimately, cures for the many different types of cancer that strike an estimated 10 million people worldwide each year. ASCO publishes the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), the preeminent, peer-reviewed, medical journal on clinical cancer research, and produces People Living With Cancer (, an award-winning website providing oncologist-vetted cancer information to help patients and families make informed health-care decisions.

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