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The patients we mentally label as "difficult" are perhaps the ones who need our empathy the most.
Put everything in your calendar, wear comfortable shoes, and a pro tip on the Starbucks line: Dr. Narjust Duma offers practical advice for oncology trainees headed to the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting.
When medical student Andrea Anampa-Guzmán's father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, she realized she needed to take care of herself so she could take care of him. 
Breakthrough Co-Host Committee chair Dr. Peter P. Yu invites you to a groundbreaking meeting of "firsts."  
On Christmas morning, I had to tell my beloved father in law that he was dying. 
Learning how to hit a paper hard with difficult questions and appreciating the nuances in data interpretation should be one of the goals of oncology training, writes Dr. Rajshekhar Chakraborty.
Dr. Narjust Duma documents her journey through different phases of grief and gratitude as a special patient transfers to hospice care.
The concept of overdiagnosis must be communicated accurately and in a culturally sensitive way, writes Dr. Aju Mathew. 
Cancer and its treatment can sap a patient's physical vigor and vitality - and with those, their sense of self and personal identity.
During Women's History Month, Dr. Tina Rizack connects her aunt's perseverance in the 1940s to the broader history of women in medicine.
The obstacles I faced in becoming a parent are not the ones faced by young breast cancer survivors and co-survivors, but I certainly understand the feeling of wanting children but fearing it wouldn’t happen.
Dr. Sharpless joined me to talk about pediatric cancer research, clinical trial methodology, eligibility criteria, and more.
In honor of Women's History Month, "ask women why—not how—we are dedicating our time and resources to changing the course of cancer," writes Dr. Christina Annunziata.  
Dr. Marcia Cruz-Correa describes the cancer care landscape in Puerto Rico and the discussions that took place in San Juan and Caguas as part of ASCO's ongoing town hall series.
For many of us not a day has gone by without some reminder of Arti, but last week brought it all back into sharp focus as I was asked to talk about the role we at ASCO played in her career during a symposium in her honor.
Wherever we practice, none of us need to look very far to find people who, through no fault of their own, are living right on the knife’s edge of disaster.
The Beirut Breast Cancer Conference is a modern multidisciplinary specialty oncology regional meeting that provides excellent onsite dissemination of knowledge and research.

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