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Emotional overload and professional burnout can be isolating, as Dr. Nasser H. Hanna describes. But you are not alone.
As ASCO and the oncology community prepare for World Cancer Day on February 4, 2017, I've been reflecting on the day's theme of "We can. I can," which recognizes the individual responsibilities and opportunities that are built on the advances we make collectively.
On behalf of the ASCO Professional Development Committee, Dr. Suresh S. Ramalingam welcomes you to the Physician Wellness blog, a space for discussion and perspectives on physician wellness and professional burnout.
In your quest to find healing words for your patients, Dr. Wendy S. Harpham encourages you to attend Saturday's General Session 4: “One of Our Own—Insights of Health Care Providers on Coping with Cancer,” at the 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium.
The inaugural ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium will have three networking sessions, designed to help physicians determine how immunotherapy best fits into their practice, and to explore career development for newcomers to the field of immunotherapy.
When faced with a diagnosis of cancer, my patients and their families show more courage than I could ever have imagined.
A highly interactive and personal panel discussion and Q&A session will take place in the evening on January 26, before the official opening of the Cancer Survivorship Symposium in San Diego, CA.
Do you belong to your ASCO State/Regional Affiliate? If not, you should! Do you take advantage of all they have to offer? If not, you should! You, and more importantly your patients, will benefit enormously.
Dr. Maher Saifo, an oncologist practicing in Syria, discusses how the Syrian war is affecting cancer care in a post written with his patient, Lama Meer Yousef. Together, they share their story of survival and hope against incredible odds.
Attend the 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium's Presidents Panel to hear Drs. Wanda Filer, Nitin Damle, and Julie M. Vose discuss how professional societies are workingto meet the needs of their members with respect to the care of cancer survivors.
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.
When I first took the helm of ASCO’s member publication in 2006, ASCO Connection was very different—so different, in fact, that it was not even called ASCO Connection!
The advent of rapid and relatively affordable high-throughput molecular analyses has permitted the development of a bewildering next generation of new cancer diagnostic tests that are being introduced into clinical care using our grandparents’ regulatory structure.
I cannot count the number of times I have thought to myself, “If it were not for the PSA, you would no doubt be out there playing golf, skiing, biking, taking a grandchild to the park, or just enjoying life.” Living from one PSA to the next is a bad way to mark the passing of time.
This new meeting will focus on the clinical application of immunology to cancer care, including immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy and novel combinations, the use of adoptive T-cell therapy and CAR T-cells, predictive and prognostic biomarkers, and more.
ASCO provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Society's proposed pathway for Maintenance of Certification, in response to your insightful feedback.
As a physician and a mom, I'm doing what all human beings do every day: making decisions about my life, career, and relationships, and hoping for the best.
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.

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