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 Although there are still several weeks left in 2018, events have left me speechless twice this year: the deaths of two women, well before their time.
Attending the ASCO Annual Meeting was a great reminder of the importance of our social media-based networking; each time I “met” a HOWPG member for the first time, it felt like meeting a close old friend.
To rescue someone on the precipice takes courage, with strong doses of love, acceptance, and supported choices and, above all, trust and hopefulness.
At a recent meeting, the ASCO delegation to the AMA House of Delegates presented concerns focused on the Competitive Acquisition Program (CAP), among a variety of other issues.
During my career, pathologists have always been the “doctor’s doctor.” Why can't they be the "patient's doctor" as well?
Dr. Ashley Albert and I were among the radiation professionals from around the world who celebrated Marie Curie’s birthday on November 7 with a new hashtag.
My coauthors and I focus on health disparities using specific countries across the income spectrum to highlight the challenges encountered by health officials, physicians, and patients at each level.
Dr. Victoria S. Brown dreams of a day when childbearing will be anticipated, welcomed and expected, and incorporated into our culture of medicine.
Each year, we call upon the ASCO members to place your votes to select our Society’s future leaders. This year, we are asking that you not only vote for the open leadership positions, but also for a proposed bylaw change.
With the launch of its strategic plan, ASCO leadership crystalized its global vision into the future to enhance its role as a truly global organization. The strategic plan will build on...
Time is precious to all of us and seems to pass so quickly. How much more quickly does it pass for someone who knows that they have a life-threatening illness?
While the national budget may seem opaque and abstract, ASCO is putting a human face on the line items. Real lives are at stake.
The 2018 ESMO Congress showcased the current state of quality of life and patient-reported outcomes, and emphasized how they can be further applied throughout the cancer care continuum. 
How using the term "screen failure" can be a disservice to clinical trial teams and patients alike. 
Dr. Raj Mohan reflects on the important role an oncologist plays in a patient's journey, and how every step of treatment needs love, compassion, and involvement.
We all need to take a stand on gender equality, writes Dr. Eileen Parkes.
Dr. Stefania Gori describes the Italian Association of Medical Oncology's meeting with Pope Francis, and the blessing he offered to everyone who cares for people with cancer.

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