Special Edition Required Reading: Turning the Tide Against Cancer 2014 National Conference

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Great stories are published daily about the impact personalized medicine is having on individual patients, and the medical community as a whole, but it can be a challenge to stay on top of the news. With that in mind, we bring to you a monthly roundup of the three to five most thought-provoking articles we are reading, sharing and discussing with our colleagues.

This is a special installment of Required Reading reporting on coverage of the Turning the Tide Against Cancer 2014 national conference, which was held on October 9 in Washington, D.C. The following articles focus on the passionate and engaging discussion that took place at the conference, delving into the importance of moving towards a more high-value, patient-centric system of cancer care that helps to improve patient outcomes and represents each individual’s unique needs and definition of “value.”


Through Len’s Lens: Putting a Price on Value by J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, M.D., MACP, MedPage Today

Cancer Community Turns Focus to ‘Value’ by Alicia Ault, OncologyPractice.com

‘Turning the Tide’ Working Group Issues Recommendations on Patient-Centered, Value-Based Cancer Care  by Peggy Eastman, Oncology Times

Turning The Tide Against Cancer: A Discussion on Value by Amy O’Connor, PACE USA Blog

ASCO’s Tool for Scoring Cancer Drug Value to be Released in Early 2015 by Cathy Kelly, The Pink Sheet Daily (Subscription Required)

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (PhRMA) Conversations blog also featured a video series with several speakers from the Turning the Tide Against Cancer 2014 national conference to get their thoughts on scientific advances in cancer treatments. The full set of responses can be viewed below.


Newton F. Crenshaw, Vice President, North American Oncology Commercial Operations, Global Business Development and Advocacy, Eli Lilly and Company


Linda House, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.M., Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Cancer Support Community


J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, M.D., MACP, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society


Stephen L. Eck, M.D., Ph.D., Vice President, Global Head of Oncology Medical Sciences, Astellas Pharma Global Development


Roy S. Herbst, M.D., Ph.D., Ensign Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pharmacology, Chief of Medical Oncology, Director of the Thoracic Oncology Research Program, and Associate Director for Translational Research, Yale Comprehensive Cancer Center and Yale School of Medicine

To follow the news on the Turning the Tide Against Cancer initiative, visit the News page.

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