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Allen Lichter, M.D., is head of Radiation Oncology for the University of Michigan Health System

initially posted May 22, 1998

Ann Arbor, Mich - Allen S. Lichter, M.D., has assumed the presidency of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). ASCO, with 12,000 members, is the largest professional organization representing physicians who treat cancer patients.

Lichter, whose research focuses on breast cancer treatment, is a professor of radiation oncology in the University of Michigan Medical School and former chairman of the U-M Radiation Oncology Department. He is a pioneer in the development of three-dimensional radiation treatment planning which allows increased doses to be administered more precisely and safely.

Lichter also is the former director of the Radiation Therapy Section of the National Cancer Institute's Radiation Oncology Branch, where he helped investigate breast-conserving therapy and contributed to the acceptance of lumpectomy and radiation as an alternative to radical masectomy.

He also services on the editorial boards of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, the Annals of Surgical Oncology, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He is the editor of two books on breast cancer and co-editor of the textbook Clinical Oncology.

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