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Feb 14, 2018
Patient advocate Ms. Carole Seigel discusses ASCO's new clinical practice guideline on managing immune-related adverse events for patients treated with checkpoint inhibitors.  
Feb 13, 2018
A recent event brought home the significance of how devastating news is received and how we react to a potentially life-changing message.
Feb 05, 2018
Almost every day a patient (and often many more than one) asks Dr. Evan Hall, “How will my cancer diagnosis affect my life?” This is a difficult question to answer. 
Feb 01, 2018
"Can we increase the chances to make early diagnoses in patients with cancer? Yes, we can, I can, but how?" asks Dr. Jose Angel Sanchez.
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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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