PREVIEW: ASCO in Action CEO & CMO Interview
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A preview of the interview by ASCO in Action podcast host ASCO CEO Dr. Clifford A. Hudis with retiring ASCO Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard L. Schilsky examining Dr. Schilsky’s trailblazing medical career, his leadership in ASCO and indelible mark on its research enterprise, and what he sees for the future of oncology. Dr. Hudis also shares what Dr. Schilsky’s friendship and mentorship has meant to him and suggests that he will still be supporting ASCO on critical priorities. Find all nine of ASCO's podcasts and subscribe at


Dr. Clifford Hudis: Hello, I’m Dr. Clifford Hudis, CEO of ASCO, dropping into your feed to let you know about a special episode of the ASCO in Action podcast featuring the extraordinary career of Dr. Richard Schilsky, ASCO’s Chief Medical Officer. Rich and I discuss the advances that have revolutionized cancer care over the last 50 years and much, much more. Here’s a preview of the episode.

Dr. Richard Schilsky: The 1980s in many respects were the doldrums of progress in clinical oncology. There really was not a lot of innovation in the clinic. But what was happening and what was invisible to many of us, of course, was that was the decade of discovery of the fundamental biology of cancer. That's when oncogenes were discovered, when tumor suppressor genes were discovered, when it became clear that cancer was really a genetic disease. And that is what transformed the field and put us on the path to targeted therapy and precision medicine as we think of it today.

Dr. Clifford Hudis: You can find the ASCO in Action Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you are listening to this show. And you can find all nine of ASCO’s podcasts which cover a wide range of educational and scientific content and offer enriching insight of the world of cancer care at

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