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Aug 09, 2018
"You're an oncologist? How can you do it?" Radiation oncologists chimed in on Twitter about the rewards of the job.
Aug 08, 2018
Dr. Raj Mohan looks at surgical oncology through the lens of the saying that "the proof of the pudding is in the eating": ultimately, the outcome matters more than the process.
Aug 07, 2018
I spoke with our current ASCO president about her theme for the year, her work with the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, and her frontier spirit.
Aug 06, 2018
A patient who refused chemotherapy offered Dr. Erika Hamilton a lesson in compromise. 
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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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