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Sep 19, 2019
Imagine a world in which global oncology is studied as rigorously as hematology/oncology, palliative medicine, or public health. What might we accomplish?
Sep 11, 2019
Bringing together research from all the world is the best way to advance medicine. Enter, ASCO Breakthrough.
Sep 09, 2019
A recent study on the risk of Alzheimer's disease or dementia following the use of ADT was disturbing to me on two levels.
Sep 09, 2019
An inaccurate prognosis given at an urgent care center destroyed my patient's hope. Little by little, I will try to help him rebuild it.
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Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO, is head of Women's Cancers at Lifespan Cancer Institute, director of Medical Oncology at Rhode Island Hospital, and a professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Dizon serves as chair of ASCO's Social Media Working Group and is a 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 The Oncologist 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 BookFollow Dr. Dizon on Twitter @drdonsdizon.

May 22, 2018
Sometimes cross-coverage means having hard conversations with patients who aren't ours, but who still deserve our expertise and our honesty.
Apr 24, 2018
For those not in our field, cancer is still seen as a devastating disease starting at the point of diagnosis. As oncology professionals, it’s important that we do not accept death from cancer as inevitable, or even as imminent.
Apr 17, 2018
Clinical trials are the pathway to better treatments, better outcomes, and a future without cancer. We, as investigators, need to believe in them, and be willing to offer them to all patients who are eligible. 
Mar 22, 2018
A trial of aqueous lidocaine to manage painful intercourse for breast cancer survivors was a small study with a great magnitude of benefit. Do we need to wait for more data, or can we start applying these findings for our patients today?
Mar 20, 2018
During a weeklong vacation, I made a point of being truly present with my family. What did I learn from unplugging? A lot, actually.
Mar 01, 2018
I was her doctor, and my job was to give my opinion, even if it could not be backed by any data, and then to respect hers. After all, there was only one person walking this road of cancer, and it was my job to make that road easier. 

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