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Dec 11, 2018
The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC; @deadline2020) recently issued an important message about transforming Pink October Breast Cancer Month from awareness into action to have a better impact on prevention and treatment of breast cancer...
Dec 11, 2018
What do you do when a patient requests a different physician, and you suspect prejudice is the reason?
Dec 11, 2018
Mentors have the awesome responsibility, and privilege, of guiding the next generation of physicians, who in turn will come through medicine and make it better for both those who work in health care as well as the patients whose lives rely on it.
Dec 06, 2018
Dr. Colin D. Weekes and the Reverend Joel B. Guillemette had a thoughtful and personal conversation about how they approach deeply challenging questions of hope and mortality in their work following an ASCO town hall event.
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Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, FASCO

Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP, is the Medical Director of the Washington Cancer Institute at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center; a Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University; and an active member of the NRG. She is a Past President of ASCO and currently serves on the Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors. Her research interests include evaluation of novel therapeutics and targeted therapy for locally advanced, specifically inflammatory, and metastatic breast cancer, cardiotoxicity of current therapies, adjuvant therapy of breast cancer, and health care disparities.

Oct 15, 2012
I recently had the honor of representing the Society at theASCO co-hosted 2012 CancerCenter Business Summit, titled “Transitioning toValue Based Oncology: Strategies to Survive and Thrive.” This unique meeting broughttogether...
Jul 31, 2012
Throughout the course of my career, one issue that has remained close to my heart is encouraging women to pursue careers in medical leadership and clinical practice.
Jul 20, 2012
What does “global health equity” mean? There are so many different aspects of health care affecting us all. There are disparities in the world; there are disparities within countries; there are disparities within cities. How do we tackle these enormous issues? First, we need to level the playing...
Jul 09, 2012
I think that one of the lost arts in medicine is observation. I thought about this on my morning walk today. We had a terrible storm, a derecho, last week which knocked the power out in the Washington, DC, area for over one million people. As I walked the neighborhood every day, I noticed a lot...
Jul 07, 2012
I am really looking forward to the upcoming Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco. For me, the smaller, more intimate setting is what “old” meetings used to be like before we expanded to mega meetings. Not that I have anything...
Jun 28, 2012
I have had the good fortune to travel to many places in the world in the last few years. It is such an important aspect of my work. It is incredibly eye-opening to experience different cultures and ways of life. I learn something from every trip I take.