ASCO Connection

July 2017

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edicating one's career and liveli- hood to the pursuit of treating and pos- sibly curing cancer is, for many, a decision that stems from deeply per- sonal and, often, tragic experience. For 2017-2018 ASCO President Bruce E. Johnson, MD, FASCO, the event that greatly influenced his decision was the diagnosis of his aunt with metastatic breast cancer when she was in her late thirties. She had some nonspecific medical issues, and her doctors performed a bone marrow biopsy when they discov- ered hematologic abnormalities. But Dr. Johnson didn't find out about his aunt's diagnosis from a phone call or a family member: dur- ing his oncology rotation, Dr. John- son himself saw the cancer cells in her biopsy. "At the time, there were effective treatments, but it certainly wasn't what we have today," he recounted. She died a little less than a year after her diagnosis. More than 30 years later, Dr. John- son, chief clinical research officer and institute physician at Dana- Farber Cancer Institute and a profes- sor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has made it his life's work to improve treatments for patients with cancer, and has a robust history of volunteer and committee service to ASCO, as well as other cancer research societies. "I cannot think of anyone more qual- ified to be president of ASCO than Dr. Bruce Johnson," said Immediate Past President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO. "He has been a leader in understanding the biology of lung cancer and has led groundbreaking trials to change the way it is treated. He will continue to carry the baton as ASCO helps its members adapt to the changing professional and finan- cial aspects of oncology practice, ensuring that we take advantage of all of our resources, including Can- cerLinQ ® , to do so." D Dr. Johnson consults with a colleague at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I 19

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