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New immunotherapies are offering astounding responses, but my patient's remission came at the cost of debilitating toxicity. How much is too much to bear?
"Reflection kept bringing me back to a simple truth: my job as a mother and my job as a physician are strikingly similar," writes Dr. Stephanie Graff.
Dr. McAneny's broad expertise and insight on today’s challenging health care environment will greatly benefit the practice of medicine and our patients.
Preparing for the future starts with gaining clarity about the present state of oncology care. Our goal is for practices in all settings across the U.S. to provide feedback in the 2017 ASCO Practice Census.
"My health is important, just as my job is important," Dr Adetokunbo Oluwasanjo writes. "And it is so okay to be a doctor and a patient at the same time."
At the Plenary Session of this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting, the results of a longitudinal trial begun in 2007 showed me that patient engagement is much more important that I had imagined.
This new initiative will allow more interested volunteers than ever before to contribute to ASCO's mission and support better patient care.
As president this year, I have had the opportunity to observe firsthand the many things ASCO does to make a difference in cancer care WITH YOU, and I cannot wait to share them over the next few days.
We do not have clear guidance on what sexual practices are safe during chemotherapy, and much of what we advise patients is based on our best guesses. How then do we counsel patients like mine, who are on continuous chemotherapy?
The phrase "the fight against cancer" assumes only two outcomes: remission or death, no middle ground. Today more than ever, nothing is further from reality.
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.
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?
I take my responsibilities as a physician seriously. But when faced with my own sick child, everything on my to-do list—writing, research, even clinic—went out the window.
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!
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.
In oncology, we cannot define our victories by cure, but by the quality of life we are able to provide for our patients.
Dr. Sibel Blau's community practice implemented a new model of value-based care delivery to improve the patient experience. The transition was challenging but allows the practice to deliver higher quality care than ever before.
Mr. Harvey D. Bichkoff offers a firsthand perspective of MACRA implementation at Marin Cancer Care, the private practice for which he serves as CEO.

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