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Aug 04, 2020
Ahead of the ASCO20 Virtual Education Program, Mr. David Whitaker of Choose Chicago sends his best wishes and gratitude on behalf of the city where the ASCO Annual Meeting is traditionally held.
Jul 27, 2020
Ten years after losing my mom to breast cancer, I find myself reflecting on who I am today and what I have learned from the loss and grief that propelled me to relocate across the globe and dedicate my career to serving patients with cancer. 
Jul 23, 2020
Sometimes the best treatment isn't a medical intervention, but an emotional one, as Dr. Dawood Findakly discovered when a patient seemed to lose his will to live.
Jul 22, 2020
History has a long memory and the actions we take today will have ramifications far into the future, as three recent nonfiction books reminded me.
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Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN

Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN, a certified sexuality counselor at CancerCare Manitoba and nurse counselor at the Manitoba Prostate Centre, counsels patients with a history of cancer who are experiencing sexual and relationship challenges. She is an instructor at Athabasca University and the University of Manitoba College of Nursing, and previously served editor of the Oncology Nursing Forum research journal. The author of 13 books, Dr. Katz offers insight for health care providers and consumers on the topics of illness and sexuality, as well as cancer survivorship. Follow Dr. Katz on Twitter @DrAnneKatz.

Dr. Katz was honored with a 2016 APEX Award of Excellence for her ASCOconnection.org blog.

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.
Nov 21, 2016
Many of the couples that I see in my practice grow closer after the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. But for others, the experience of serious illness exposes existing weak points in their relationship.
Oct 31, 2016
If you really want to help someone, you have to understand the context of their lives, because that context influences if they are able to listen, what they will hear, and what they will do with the information you tell them.
Sep 20, 2016
It's up to us to advise our patients not to share medications, despite their generous natures. At best, the medications are ineffective because they aren't used properly; at worst, misuse can cause active harm.
Aug 17, 2016
Words can harm and words can heal. Using the word "partner" when scheduling an initial appointment with a patient opened the door to a more meaningful relationship, and created an environment of safety and trust.
Jul 20, 2016
Solving the chemical or mechanical challenges of sex after cancer isn't always enough. My work often involves helping patients connect their body to their head and their heart.

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