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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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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.