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Jan 19, 2023
Dr. Kathryn DeCarli and Dr. Jonathan Marron consider the actions an oncologist must, ought, and should take when offering professional medical interpretation services to a patient.
Dec 08, 2022
ASCO’s delegation to the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates (AMA HOD) recently traveled to Honolulu for the Interim meeting. Our resolutions primarily focused on the threat of legislation that could criminalize medically necessary care in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision...
Dec 07, 2022
“Sitting here now, at 51 years old and as a cancer survivor of five years, the importance of self-care has become quite clear to me," writes Dr. Doug Flora.
Nov 28, 2022
I began my medical career in Arizona, where I received an early lesson in the importance of cultural sensitivity thanks to members of the Navajo Nation from the Four Corners region.
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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 ASCOconnection.org, 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. 

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Apr 17, 2018
Clinical trials are the pathway to better treatments, better outcomes, and a future without cancer. We, as investigators, need to believe in them, and be willing to offer them to all patients who are eligible. 
Mar 22, 2018
A trial of aqueous lidocaine to manage painful intercourse for breast cancer survivors was a small study with a great magnitude of benefit. Do we need to wait for more data, or can we start applying these findings for our patients today?
Mar 20, 2018
During a weeklong vacation, I made a point of being truly present with my family. What did I learn from unplugging? A lot, actually.
Mar 01, 2018
I was her doctor, and my job was to give my opinion, even if it could not be backed by any data, and then to respect hers. After all, there was only one person walking this road of cancer, and it was my job to make that road easier. 
Jan 30, 2018
There are patients who meet the diagnosis of cancer not with dread, but with curiosity, and sometimes their preferred treatment strategy is, "Let's just see what happens."  
Jan 17, 2018
Each time I am asked to interview a candidate to help choose future medical students, residents, and fellows, the same question goes through my mind: What will make a good doctor?

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