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The American Society of Clinical Oncology 2019 annual meeting: A review and summary of selected abstracts

      The 2019 55th annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) was held in Chicago, Illinois, led by ASCO president Monica Bertagnolli, the division director of surgical oncology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The theme of the meeting, and the title of her Presidential Address, was “Caring for Every Patient, Learning from Every Patient.” In her address, Dr. Bertagnolli explained that the theme of the meeting represents a lofty goal: “that every person with cancer will have access to high-quality care, and also will have the opportunity to participate in clinical research.” In line with the meeting's theme, the main plenary session included a diversion from the usual clinical trial paradigm: Dr. Davidoff delivered an abstract about the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion's impact on racial disparities, specifically with respect to time to cancer treatment (LBA1
      The bolded numbers in parentheses represent the ASCO meeting abstract number.
      ). The study found that implementation of Medicaid expansion differentially improved African American cancer patients timely receipt of treatment, thereby reducing racial disparities in access to care.

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