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Feb 22, 2018
During a podcast interview on leadership and change, I had the opportunity to discuss how important ASCO is in the life of a cancer doctor.
Feb 22, 2018
Dr. Evgeniya Kharchenko dreamed of creating a local society for young specialists in Russia with ASCO’s values, and made her dream a reality.
Feb 22, 2018
Case-based presentations and tumor board discussions lend additional educational opportunities to this regional conference.
Feb 21, 2018
Dr. Richard L. Schilsky describes ASCO's Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study and similar independent studies worldwide.
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Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, is 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.

Feb 11, 2016
Most times, I feel excited to be an oncologist. Oncology research is accelerating and every week brings more news, whether it be a deeper understanding of tumor genomics, a broader understanding of cancer genetics and risk, and, it seems, more ways to provide precision therapy. Studies are coming...
Feb 01, 2016
I find I greet the new year with both anticipation and anxiety; this year, however, has thus far been tinged with sadness.
Jan 15, 2016
I like to consider myself an “evolved” clinician—one who believes in the patient’s voice, personally invested in shared decision-making, always ready to support my patient’s decisions, as long as I know it’s informed by the best data I have available, even when it is not the course I would want...
Dec 31, 2015
One of things I like about academic oncology is the chance to collaborate with others, both within my fields of specialization and outside of them.
Dec 10, 2015
She had been a patient for several years, and I still remember meeting her that first time: Her breast cancer was stage IV at diagnosis, already established in her bones; she was scared; she was in pain. Surgery was taken off the table and she was referred for medical therapy. We had discussed...
Nov 16, 2015
As physicians practicing in the worlds of oncology and gynecology, we have used this word countless times—hope that cancer will not return, hope that intimacy can be restored, hope that parenthood can be realized despite cancer.

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