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May 20, 2019
Health Equity Committee chair Dr. William D. Tap highlights the recent work and forward momentum of ASCO's efforts to achieve health care equity for all through improved access to and quality of care.
May 20, 2019
Dr. Ward and I discuss the policies that public and private insurers use to control the use of anticancer drug therapies, such as prior authorization requirements, restrictive formularies, step therapy, or fail first requirements, and specialty specific tiers.
May 17, 2019
To help you get the most out of #ASCO19, I'm sharing a vlog on networking (it's not as scary as you think!) and strategies for organizing your schedule and maximizing your face time with the people you want to meet.
May 16, 2019
My patient had struggled emotionally throughout the course of her cancer treatment, until the day I walked into the room and noticed a profound change.
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James Randolph Hillard, MD

James Randolph “Randy” Hillard, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the Michigan State University (MSU) Colleges of Medicine. In 2010, he was diagnosed with HER-2, stage IV metastatic gastric cancer, caused by Helicobacter pylori and kept in check, so far, by trastuzumab. Before getting sick, he was Associate Provost for Health at MSU, responsible for the MD, DO, and Nursing Colleges. He has been designated by the American Cancer Society as one of its “100 Stories of Hope” in celebration of its 100th anniversary. He is dedicated to education and advocacy for better prevention, detection, and treatment for stomach cancer. He recently joined ASCO as a member and has been a frequent  contributor on ASCOconnection.org and ASCO’s patient-information site, Cancer.Net.

Sep 01, 2016
Cancer unavoidably leads to losses. Letting go of what I have lost has allowed me to accept and be grateful for what I, for the moment, have. I wish that I could have started doing this without getting sick.
Aug 01, 2016
"Scanxiety" doesn't appear in any legitimate dictionaries (yet), but it is a very real experience for patients with cancer. You can help your patients manage their scanxiety by emphasizing that you will be there to guide them based on the results of their scans.
Jul 01, 2016
We survivors get lots of sympathy, while our caregivers get taken for granted, much of the time even by us. 
Jun 01, 2016
When you and your patient are in uncharted territory in the cancer landscape, the words you choose to communicate uncertainty and the way you convey them matter a great deal.
Jan 04, 2016
In November 2008, Michigan voters voted to legalize medical marijuana by a margin of 63% to 37%. At that time, I opposed the measure. Three years later, I developed a different perspective.
Nov 12, 2015
I work at Michigan State University, but I get my cancer care at the University of Michigan. I love both institutions, but when it comes to football, I am MSU Spartans all the way. If you are not from the Great Lakes State, you may not have heard about the outcome of our October 24 match-up. I will...

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