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Feb 24, 2017
Being fully present with her patients at work and with her family at home helps Dr. Jane Lowe Meisel be resilient and maintain her passion for oncology.
Feb 22, 2017
Making patients happy isn't just about doing whatever they ask. As health care professionals, we have an obligation to look out for their best interests.
Feb 21, 2017
During our national meetings, when we describe cases with CT scans and labs, why don’t we take the next step and inivite patients to tell their stories in their own words?
Feb 17, 2017
BBCC5 offered didactic sessions with presentations on recent advances in breast cancer research and management and 1-hour tumor board sessions where a panel of experts and the audience discuss real cases of patients with breast cancer.
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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.

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.
Nov 11, 2016
Not everyone shares my view of what constitutes a good death, and I’ve come to realize that when a patient has a very different view of the end of life from mine, it can be very difficult to do what’s right.

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