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War or peace, crisis or prosperity, tranquility or troubled times, whatever circumstances we live in, as dedicated physicians and educators, especially specialized in oncology, we never stop!
In 2021, the overall COVID-19 situation remained abnormal, but we continued to make noteworthy and long-planned progress against our goals.
We need authentic and honest conversations about professional failures. I was fortunate to have one with Dr. Fawzi Abu Rous.
Innovations designed to improve equity for patients in diagnosis, care, and survivorship can help us close the care gap and achieve the lofty goal of World Cancer Day, writes ASCO president Dr. Everett E. Vokes.
In a personal story, Dr. Biplov Adhikari shares how becoming a ‘patient’ requires a lot of peace to be made.
Dr. Lewis E. Foxhall and Zuzanna Tittenbrun describe the International Cancer Control Partnership and ASCO's role as a member of this international collaborative.
What do we mean when we say that equity, diversity, and inclusion is not one thing, it’s everything?
Dr. Leslie M. Randall, Dr. Mark Stoler, and I explore the decline in cervical cancer incidence which has not corresponded to a decline in deaths from high-risk invasive disease. 
Dr. Anghel Adrian Udrea began his career in Romania at a time when professional opportunities were limited, and he has spent 3 decades working to make a difference for the next generation of Romanian oncologists.
Grief is a process. We read about it, we receive training on it, we live it.
Being recognized for your work feels great, and it also presents an opportunity for reflection on what came before and gratitude for those who have supported your journey.
Dr. Humaid O. Al-Shamsi shares his experience establishing and developing bone marrow transplant services in the United Arab Emirates through multi-regional collaborations. 
The AMA House of Delegates adopted a resolution to remain committed with increased efforts against the resumption of the sequestration payment applied to all Medicare fee-for-service claims.
Transitions are hard in a medical career, especially as the holidays approach, but you can offer colleagues the gift of a listening ear and a safe space. 
In an original poem, Dr. Alankrita Taneja evokes a lesson learned from her patients on "the hard spiritual truth about living each day and each moment as it comes while surrendering control of the outcome."  
ASCO president Dr. Everett E. Vokes and Nominating Committee chair Dr. Sharon H. Giordano have a call to action for all voting-eligible members.
We should start to implement and teach telemedicine earlier in training, so that new trainees can have all the tools needed to navigate and use this modality without any fear or limitation, said Dr. Tarek Haykal.
Dr. Samer Al Hadidi shares a personal story about the struggles he encountered during his first year of fellowship as he coped with the loss of his father.

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