Earlier this month The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) held their annual meeting in Chicago, IL. The opening session presentation was delivered by ASCO President Eric P. Winer, MD, FASCO, a dedicated clinical oncologist for more than 30 years – Dr. Winer also has severe hemophilia A.
The presidential theme “Partnering With Patients: The Cornerstone of Clinical Care and Research,” represented a powerful argument in support of genuinely collaborative relationships between clinicians and their patients that are “neither hierarchical nor unidirectional.”
Dr. Winer evokes his many years of practice as an oncologist along with his formative experiences as a child, and those of his parents, which clearly informed his philosophy. He shares several key lessons he learned navigating the many challenges of growing up with hemophilia in an age of limited treatment options, then later grappling with complications HIV and hepatitis C. The value of empathy is also a prominent theme throughout the address.
While Dr. Winer’s professional focus and references are associated with oncology, the wisdom he imparts can be readily applied to patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers operating within other disease groups, including inheritable bleeding and blood disorders. In fact, they align closely with efforts being made at NHF and elsewhere to promote, support, and educate community stakeholders on topics such as shared decision-making and patient-driven research.
The ASCO® Connection networking site includes excerpts from Dr. Winer’s fascinating and heartfelt address. It features his personal story and the insights he developed through lived experiences as a patient and physician, complemented by a wonderful series of family photos capturing different stages of his life. The site also includes a video recording of the presentation.
Source: ASCO Connection, June 6, 2023