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Mar 30, 2017
We’re making progress in better understanding, and communicating, the many issues surrounding adverse events, although not as fast as we’d like. In the long run, our patients will benefit from all of these initiatives.
Mar 24, 2017
When everyone around you is telling you that you are overworked and on the verge of burnout, it's time to listen, reflect, and take action for your own well-being.
Mar 23, 2017
We may never be able to completely eliminate anxiety and stress before and after scans, yet we can definitely make a difference by confronting scanxiety upfront.
Mar 20, 2017
When the basics of cancer control are not in place, should we discuss targeted agents and immunotherapy in resource-constrained settings?
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Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and is Clinical Co-Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center, where he also is Founder and Director of the Oncology Sexual Health Clinic. Dr. Dizon serves as Chair for ASCO's Social Media Working Group and is Immediate Past Chair of the Cancer Communications Committee. In addition to his regular column on ASCOconnection.org, which has been honored with APEX awards in 2013 and 2014, he is a blogger for MGH and a Section Editor of Gynecologic Oncology at UpToDate. Dr. Dizon is a member of the Journal of Clinical Oncology Editorial Board, and Editor in Chief of the ASCO Educational Book. Follow Dr. Dizon on Twitter @drdonsdizon.

Mar 16, 2017
I tend to be cautious with the word cure, because sometimes that is the only thing that patients hear.
Feb 23, 2017
When the travel ban was announced, I worried for my patients and for my colleagues. I worried that medical care would be denied to international patients, including those who came to the U.S. for cancer care.
Feb 02, 2017
When it comes to many alternative therapies, the data is too sparse to inform discussions on benefits and/or risks, as my patient learned when her supplement use prevented her from continuing on a clinical trial.
Dec 27, 2016
With new therapies, fortunately, oncologists are now seeing patients over the span of years, and we get to know the person who is the patient beyond their illness. Many also bring along others on visit after visit, and we get to know each of them too.
Dec 14, 2016
As we move forward in oncology, my hope is that we will see miraculous recoveries more often, guided not by chance but by a better understanding of cancer biology. The promise of precision medicine remains a real one that I firmly believe in.
Nov 21, 2016
Since the U.S. presidential election I have spoken with family and friends, many of whom who did not vote as I had, and you know what, they are still the same people they were before the election.

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