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May 23, 2023
Whether you participate in person in Chicago, watch sessions online, or keep up with the meeting outcomes and conversations on social media (or any combination of these), I hope the ASCO Annual Meeting leaves you feeling inspired and, above all, connected.
May 04, 2023
"If we can provide chemotherapy services through a tele-chemotherapy model at smaller rural centers, why can’t we do the same for clinical trials?" asks Dr. Sabe Sabesan.
Apr 27, 2023
The ASCO Journals Editorial Fellowship changed Dr. Mona Hassan's perspective on the publication process.
Apr 20, 2023
Novelty socks were the surprising vessel through which Dr. Jon Steinmetz built trust and connection with a withdrawn patient.
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Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO, is a professor of medicine and professor of surgery at Brown University, director of the Pelvic Malignancies Program and Hematology-Oncology Outpatient Clinics at Lifespan Cancer Institute, and director of Medical Oncology and the Sexual Health First Responders Clinic at Rhode Island Hospital. He also serves as the head of community outreach and engagement of the Legorreta Cancer Center at Brown University. Dr. Dizon has served as past chair of ASCO's Social Media Working Group and the Cancer Communications Committee. In addition to his regular column on, which has been honored with APEX awards in 2013 and 2014, he is a blogger for The Oncologist and a section editor of Gynecologic Oncology at UpToDate. Dr. Dizon is a member of the JCO Oncology Practice Editorial Board, and editor in chief of the ASCO Educational Book. Follow Dr. Dizon across social media channels @drdonsdizon. 


Mar 07, 2014
I still remember being taken aback by how young she was. “She” was Mary—a 28-year-old woman who had completed chemotherapy for stage II breast cancer. She was treated elsewhere and had moved cities when her husband got a promotion. “I’m still getting used to this area, but I am happy my hair came...
Feb 20, 2014
As an oncologist, I have always been amazed by how some (if not most) of my patients evolve from the shock and terror that accompanies a new diagnosis to a new sense of self, of purpose, and a better appreciation of life. 
Feb 05, 2014
I gave a talk recently to a group of my peers about addressing the needs of patients after a diagnosis of cancer, emphasizing points where transitions occur—from treatment, to end of therapy, surveillance, recurrence, and extending all the way up to the end of life—and how important it is to...
Jan 14, 2014
On one afternoon last week, I sat at my desk working on a paper when my iPhone buzzed, telling me I had a new message. This message, forwarded from my Twitter account, alerted me to an...
Dec 31, 2013
As I sit at my desk with the end of the year rapidly approaching, I am thinking about endings and new beginnings. I’ve just seen a pictorial about a dad and his three-year-old daughter. These were not family pictures per se...
Dec 26, 2013
As has been my tendency as of late, I will often open up my social media sites to see what is happening in the world around me. One of these sites I have come to rely on is LinkedIn, which sends me the news from all sorts of places, and from my colleagues within and outside of oncology. One of...