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May 16, 2017
Dr. Julia Close invites women attending the ASCO Annual Meeting to be a part of conversations about gender in medicine at the Women's Networking Center, either by joining for planned session or simply by stopping by to meet colleagues and have a cup of coffee.
May 12, 2017
Mr. Todd Pickard considers the effect of the team on professional burnout. Is your team a source of conflict and disappointment, or a source of confidence?
May 08, 2017
If you say things of consequence, there may be consequences; but the alternative is to be inconsequential. Particularly in these tumultuous times for health care and research, we need to speak up!
May 08, 2017
Every time I’ve received a gift from a patient, I feel humbled and slightly embarrassed, for, really, I’m just doing my job. But I treasure each one, tangible or intangible.
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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.

May 12, 2016
The surgeon had successfully removed her cancer, and the hope was that she would be cured and could live now without needing chemotherapy. “Live?” she asked. “I cannot live like this. I cannot.”
Apr 19, 2016
Women with cancer deserve a discussion about fertility preservation and the opportunity to discuss their concerns regarding sex, even if they are teenagers. But sometimes parents disagree.
Apr 11, 2016
As oncologists, we can teach and we can comfort—and many patients will appreciate it if we do both.
Mar 21, 2016
Most times, a patient’s outpatient attending can be called upon to meet with the patient and their loved ones, especially if one is at a critical point in their own cancer journey. But, as is often the case in a busy academic practice, sometimes it’s just not possible.
Feb 11, 2016
Most times, I feel excited to be an oncologist. Oncology research is accelerating and every week brings more news, whether it be a deeper understanding of tumor genomics, a broader understanding of cancer genetics and risk, and, it seems, more ways to provide precision therapy. Studies are coming...
Feb 01, 2016
I find I greet the new year with both anticipation and anxiety; this year, however, has thus far been tinged with sadness.

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