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Apr 23, 2019
The patients we mentally label as "difficult" are perhaps the ones who need our empathy the most.
Apr 23, 2019
Put everything in your calendar, wear comfortable shoes, and a pro tip on the Starbucks line: Dr. Narjust Duma offers practical advice for oncology trainees headed to the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting.
Apr 18, 2019
When medical student Andrea Anampa-Guzmán's father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, she realized she needed to take care of herself so she could take care of him. 
Apr 17, 2019
Breakthrough Co-Host Committee chair Dr. Peter P. Yu invites you to a groundbreaking meeting of "firsts."  
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Richard Mark Boulay, MD

Richard M. Boulay, MD, FACOG, is the chief of gynecologic oncology and the director of cancer survivorship at Lehigh Valley Health Network Cancer Institute in Allentown, PA, where he also chairs the ACOS CoC Cancer Committee. In 2008, at the time of his wife’s diagnosis with leukemia, Rick found support, comfort, and wisdom in his patients’ narratives. With profound respect and admiration for their wisdom, he rededicated his career to the understanding of cancer survivorship. His numerous articles, written at the intersection of cancer and society, join his many recordings of vocal therapeutic music and a recently Emmy-nominated documentary Close to Home: Cancer Survivorship, each sharing the wisdom of cancer survivorship. Join Rick on Twitter @journeycancer.

May 23, 2018
I thought providing good care was enough. I thought treating everyone the same was enough. But I realized that I have to be aware of how race and racism affect my patients and how they experience the medical system.
Mar 12, 2018
I was normal… once. Then I went to medical school. 
Jan 17, 2018
In my experience, cancer treatment plans rarely progress linearly. The further we veer from the anticipated course, the more wrong and dark and sinister it feels. 
Dec 18, 2017
We all have them: the needy patients who take an extraordinary amount of your time and effort. Consider that they aren't needy, but in need. And we can help.
Nov 30, 2017
I understood cancer as an oncologist: I understood its breadth. The manifestation of disease. Now, as a cancer caregiver, I understand its depth.