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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 T. Penson, MD, MRCP

Richard T. Penson, MD, MRCP, is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Director of Medical Gynecologic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. His oncology practice is devoted almost exclusively to gynecologic oncology and clinical research. Dr. Penson is one of the chairs for the Institutional Review Board for Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare and sits on the QOL Committee for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the Gynecologic Oncology Group committee for Health Outcomes Research, and the Editorial Board of The Oncologist and Medical Humanities.

Jun 04, 2016
We recently converted our electronic record system to EPIC, and the new perspective provides useful illumination. Truly patient-focused care requires that our practice and our records—verbal, written, or electronic—place the patient center stage.
Jan 29, 2015
By Tina Atkinson, Lauren Burns, and Richard Penson.  LB sports a perky, punky, quiff of hair that is testimony to the fact that she is a survivor, but never as long as she’d like. No chips on her shoulders, no moss on her street. She is savvy, and racey, and fun. Her hairstyle is gelled and glossed...
Apr 03, 2014
One of the most difficult issues I’ve had to face is being fired. Rather tragic to let a bruised ego have such a priority. Humility happens when you blow the smoke away from the mirrors. But, spotlight humility and it disappears into the shadows. Humility is the inverted, invisible calm of...
Feb 21, 2014
I’ve only ever had one patient with two PhDs. Gerda was a woman of huge intellect and generous humor, an appreciation for the finest detail, and was, herself, beautifully refined. She could give incisive critique, but with warmth and empathy, and a giggling smile. She was ferociously independent,...
Sep 11, 2013
We took off from Logan Airport four minutes before United Airlines Flight 175, the second plane to crash into the Twin Towers on 9/11. For us, September 11, 2001, started with all the heady mix of excitement and stress, a transatlantic Virgin flight, sympathetic hostess smiles, and four kids with...
Jul 25, 2013
It was an awkward moment—the uncomfortable silence and her smarting reply. I regretted biting my lip and the nonverbal message that gesture implied. I felt bad for the obvious pain that I’d unmasked in her face. Her eyes had narrowed, and she’d withdrawn as if I’d hit her.