Video Blog by John L. Marshall: The Dumbing Down of U.S. Oncologists

Marshall comments on the research being done by U.S. Oncologists in his Medscape video blog

July 13, 2010

John L. Marshall, MD, director of the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers and associate director for clinical research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center provides his perspective on the current state of US Oncology.

I'm John Marshall from Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, again with another installment of our Medscape video blog. Thanks for signing in. I've been really struggling over the last 5 years with the fact that all of the major clinical research that has happened, particularly in GI [gastrointestinal] cancers, has been led by Europeans, performed by Europeans, and usually with European patients; colorectal cancer -- outstanding work there, gastric cancer, pancreatic cancer, hepatocellular cancer. You name it. They all have been done by European investigators and led by a very vibrant group of clinicians and translational researchers. They are really taking the lead in this clinical research world.

So, I'm thinking: why is this? There are few other observations that I have that kind of go along with this. I just got back from a wonderful meeting in Barcelona. It was a wonderful meeting and it was in Barcelona; a twofer. It was a GI cancer meeting and there were 3500 people who attended this meeting...

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