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Aug 10, 2017
In a divisive time, I look to my patients and see that there is more that unites us than divides us, and this is worth celebrating.
Aug 04, 2017
Never doubt that your voice and time matter when it comes to trying to change the world in a positive way. We as a community can come together and really make a difference, and you can see it firsthand any weekend in almost any city across the country.
Aug 03, 2017
The line of thinking that women can do without their breasts only makes breast cancer treatment easier for us as physicians, not for our patients. When it's your own body, every organ is vital.
Aug 03, 2017
The program is now available for this year's Research Community Forum Annual Meeting. Dr. Richard L. Schilsky invites you to join this unique event on September 24-25 in Alexandria, VA.
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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 11, 2012
The controversy that has erupted regarding the Susan G. Komen foundation and recent decisions about funding Planned Parenthood has been hard to miss. As a specialist in women's cancers and given my general interest in women's health, I've been fascinated by this dialogue online—on message boards,...
Feb 04, 2012
Last week I attended the semi-annual meeting of the Gynecologic Oncology Group, the cooperative group focused on trials for gynecologic cancers. Over two days I was engaged in updates of ongoing clinical trials and discussion of new trial concepts for ovarian,...
Jan 24, 2012
When I tell people I am an oncologist, I usually get the same response: "That must be so depressing! How do you stand it?" I remember having members of my own family ask me that way back when I was a medical resident as I made the decision to enter oncology. Now that I am in a position where I...
Jan 10, 2012
Recently, a very dear friend learned that her breast cancer (diagnosed in 2010) had spread to her brain. Despite my many years as an oncologist, having faced questions from my own patients about "Why me?", "What did I do to deserve this?"—questions I am fully aware have no answer—I found myself...
Dec 27, 2011
Around this time each year I find myself thinking about patients usually—and especially those that have passed away. I wonder how their families are coping, how their children are, and whether each day has gotten easier. I think about how my patients died—and whether or not I did enough to ensure...
Dec 06, 2011
Every once in a while I get an opportunity to speak at a meeting in which oncologists are not the primary audience. Of course, it is always to speak on either gynecologic- or breast-cancer-specific issues, but I always welcome the opportunity to educate a non-oncology audience about what we can do...

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