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Feb 19, 2020
Let’s look critically at the prospective trial evaluating the association of ringing a bell with distress experienced by patients with cancer.
Feb 10, 2020
As we begin our work in 2020, I am excited that we are building on the remarkable successes of 2019, and the years before, with growing collaboration and sharpening focus. 
Feb 04, 2020
As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day this February 4, it’s important to recognize that we are making progress in addressing cancer.
Feb 04, 2020
World Cancer Day 2020 is about every one of us, and about asking for our commitment to do something to prevent cancer and support people and communities deal with cancer.
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Merry Jennifer Markham, MD, FACP

Merry Jennifer Markham, MD, FACP, is associate professor and interim chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Florida (UF). She is associate director for Medical Affairs for the UF Health Cancer Center, and she is a medical oncologist specializing in gynecologic cancers. She serves on ASCO’s Quality of Care and Cancer Communications Committees and is social media editor for the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Follow Dr. Markham on Twitter @DrMarkham.

Jun 03, 2019
The concept of work-life balance is a mirage. Instead, I think of it as a pendulum that sways between my priorities to match the moment and the setting. 
May 08, 2017
Every time I’ve received a gift from a patient, I feel humbled and slightly embarrassed, for, really, I’m just doing my job. But I treasure each one, tangible or intangible.
Apr 16, 2015
One day in clinic, recently, I reviewed my daily schedule with the oncology fellows who were working with me that day.
Jul 31, 2014
The telephone message arrived in my EMR’s inbox. A patient’s daughter had called and wanted to ask some questions about her mother. Her mother, Louise*, had died about two weeks before. I hesitated before calling her, recalling her mother’s cancer course.
Jun 10, 2014
"I just want to know that she'll be able to travel," my patient's husband said.