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May 24, 2018
As the NSABP celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2018, Dr. Harry D. Bear honors the organization's history and accomplishments.
May 23, 2018
IDEA and LIFe recipient Dr. Susmita Sharma is working hard during her U.S. fellowship so that she can achieve her dream of delivering exceptional cancer care to her patients in Nepal. 
May 23, 2018
I thought providing good care was enough. I thought treating everyone the same was enough. But I realized that I have to be aware of how race and racism affect my patients and how they experience the medical system.
May 21, 2018
"I know too much. I don't know enough." Dr. Stephanie L. Graff interviews Dr. Kelly Shanahan, an OB/GYN living with metastatic breast cancer.
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Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP

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 an associate 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 Book. Follow Dr. Dizon on Twitter @drdonsdizon.

Oct 06, 2016
It's a mistake to assume that we become more prepared for death as we get older.
Sep 27, 2016
We all strive to provide evidence-based medicine, yet putting it into practice can sometimes be the most challenging part of being a doctor.
Aug 23, 2016
In oncology, many patients continue under our care for years and years. These patients become part of our clinic and, dare I say, our lives, and it is the merging of patient-person-friend where, emotionally, being an oncologist can become quite complicated.
Aug 04, 2016
A patient had the worst news delivered to her in quite possibly the worst possible way. We cannot let our patients feel like they are just a number in our calculated RVUs. They deserve our time, consideration, and empathy—even when we are covering.
Jul 14, 2016
My patient chose not to share her cancer diagnosis. She shouldered so much, and did it only with the support of her husband—no friends, no neighbors, not even her children. It was the way she wanted to get through her treatment, but it was a heavy weight to carry.
Jul 06, 2016
Medicine, in the words of my friend and mentor Larry Norton, should be a calling, not a glorified profession. Medicine isn’t done in shifts. It’s a commitment made between you and your patients, to oversee their care personally, even when you aren’t around.

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