ASCO Connection

July 2017

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Medical oncologist at 21st Century Oncology, American Medical Associa- tion House of Delegates liaison to the Clinical Practice Committee, ASCO State Affiliate Council member, Con- quer Cancer Foundation Finance Com- mittee member, Conquer Cancer Foun- dation Board of Directors member What led you to oncology? CB: The patients. I was struck by how people had incurable conditions but still made the most of the time they had. And the science, even back then, was outstanding! What's the last book you read? CB: Mind Prey, by John Sandford. I love mysteries. What hobbies do you enjoy? CB: Swimming, climbing, biking, motor- cycling, kayaking, reading, music. Any- thing with my daughter! Do you have a personal motto? CB: Not in so many words, but I believe perseverance always pays off, more than money and brains! What career could you see yourself in if you weren't an oncologist? CB: My original goal was to be an astronaut. Being diagnosed with type I diabetes didn't help with that plan. What changes do you envision for the field in the next 10 years? Meet Charles David Blanke, MD, FACP, FASCO ENDNOTE CB: Less histology-driven therapy, and more attention paid to end-of-life care. What would you say to a young phy- sician thinking about entering the field of oncology? CB: Find a mentor and follow them around to make sure the field is right for you. Make sure your major goal is helping patients however you can, and not gauging success solely by the num- bers you cure. • Dr. Blanke enjoys hiking (pictured here at the Columbia River Gorge) and motorcycling (left, aboard his Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber). I 57

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