News and Publications

Introducing Mentor Match; Comment period on RT for liver cancers guideline closes soon

April 28, 2021

Introducing Mentor Match
ASTRO is pleased to announce the launch of a new mentoring program, Mentor Match. This online networking and career development tool is designed to help ASTRO members find, connect and share experiences with others. Mentor Match is located in the ROhub and uses an automated process to facilitate your enrollment as a mentee or mentor and searches criteria you enter to identify potential matches. Members at any stage of their career are invited to enroll, from Student through Emeritus. Log into the ROhub, select Mentor Match and get started today. Contact ASTRO staff with any questions.

Reminder: Nominations for Honorary Member and ASTRO Fellow due soon
ASTRO bestows Honorary Membership each year at the Annual Meeting to a distinguished cancer researcher or leader in disciplines other than radiation oncology, radiation physics or radiobiology. Submit your nomination by email for this year’s award by Friday, May 7. Nominations are also being accepted until Friday, May 7, for the ASTRO Fellow Program, which honors long-time Active, International or Emeritus members who have given significant service to the Society and have made contributions to the field of radiation oncology in the areas of research, education, patient care or service and leadership. In 2020, ASTRO selected 19 distinguished members to receive the Fellow designation. See the website for how to submit a nomination.

ASTRO urges CMS to reinstate step therapy prohibition
ASTRO joined 57 organizations in signing a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra urging the reinstatement of step therapy prohibition in Medicare Advantage plans for Part B drugs. This prohibition was laid out in the original Health Plan Management System memo in 2012 but was rescinded under the previous administration. By reinstating the prohibition, CMS would help prevent delays in much needed treatment for patients and allow providers to follow their ideal treatment plan. For more, see What’s Happening in Washington.

Reminder to comment on ASTRO’s guideline on radiation for primary liver cancers
Time is running out to provide feedback on the draft Radiation Therapy for Primary Liver Cancers: An ASTRO Clinical Practice Guideline. The scope of the guideline focuses on the definitive management of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (IHC) with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), including indications, outcomes and techniques. It is intended to cover multiple settings for which EBRT may be used, including definitive, preoperative, salvage, consolidative, adjuvant and as a bridge to transplant. Palliative management as it relates to EBRT for symptomatic primary liver cancers is also addressed. The deadline to submit your comments via our webform is Monday, May 10, 2021.

A leaky pipeline or a broken system?
Despite gains in diversifying the field of medicine, women continue to remain in the minority among faculty of academic institutions. In RO, women constitute 30.7% of the academic workforce and only 17.4% of the leadership roles, and women make up the minority of positions on governing boards and leadership positions for some national professional societies. The ongoing problem of gender inequity in the United States is the topic of the latest ASTRO Blog post, authored by members CHEDI and the Gender Equity community on the ROhub. Read more.

New SA-CME course available in the ASTRO Academy
A new course is available in the ASTRO Academy: Central Nervous System - Refresher 2021. This refresher course lecture on adult central nervous system tumors provides a framework for understanding the classification of brain tumors, including molecular diagnostics for gliomas. Topics covered include gliomas, brain metastases and benign brain tumors. The course, available for 1.5 SA-CME credits, was presented at ASTRO’s 2021 Annual Refresher Meeting, held virtually March 19-21, 2021. See more courses, including the 2021 ASTRO Annual Refresher Course onDemand, available at ASTRO Academy.

Disease site specific and general presentations available to download, customize
PowerPoint presentations on radiation therapy for lung cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer and sarcoma designed to educate your colleagues in medicine are available to download from the ASTRO website. The presentations, which contain photos and talking points, are editable and may be customized to meet your needs. In addition, two general presentations about radiation therapy for other health care professionals and the general public may be downloaded and customized. ASTRO’s Communications Committee creates these resources for members’ use and is working to develop additional disease sites; the committee welcomes your feedback.

ASTRO slate approved for 2021-2022, elections open in June
In case you missed it last week, ASTRO's Board of Directors announced the slate approved by the Nominating Committee for positions to be filled for the 2021-2022 Society year. The positions include President-elect, Health Policy Council vice-chair, Science Council vice-chair, and three positions on the Nominating Committee: Academic Physician, Community Practice Physician and Physicist. Elections will open in June.