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"Ask yourself this question: Are you pursuing now what initially motivated you to become a medical oncologist?" asks Dr. Ramy Sedhom.
"2020 will be a year we at CancerLinQ look back on with mixed emotion because, in the midst of the pandemic, we achieved a momentous milestone," said Dr. Danielle Potter.
"Leading right now means helping team members adapt to the losses that all have experienced and supporting them with more than exhortation and reassurance," writes Dr. Mark E. Robson.
In their roles as patient advocates, Ms. Janine Guglielmino and Dr. Sue Friedman have observed growing patient confusion about breast cancer subtypes and the difference between acquired and inherited gene mutations.
This is a time of significant and multi-layered anxiety, especially for our patients living with and beyond cancer. 
"My motto is to stand up for all the people who face casual racism, sexism, and injustice, and my aim is to protect international trainees in medicine when it is my turn to be a mentor," Dr. Viju Chandrasekhar affirms as she shares a personal experience with bias based on her accent.
Our oncology training is shaped by those who devote their time to helping us turn our weaknesses into strengths, and all of us have a role to play as teachers.
Dr. Arjun Gupta pens an homage to his mentor Dr. Ross Donehower, whose emphasis on patient experience, quality of life, and civility continues to set an example for the next generation of oncology leaders.
"We honor this 21st World Cancer Day with a continuing commitment to tackling challenges in cancer care together, because our collective actions matter in advancing science, delivering care, and protecting public health," said ASCO CMO Dr. Richard L. Schilsky.
"World Cancer Day 2021 is our opportunity to call upon all stakeholders to remind the world of a more challenging pandemic to come, the cancer pandemic," said Dr. Sana Al Sukhun.
"2021 shows a new path to start after a year in which we learned to value what we have: our family, our work, friends, the air, the sun, the water, freedom, and one of our most precious assets, our health," said Dr. Angela Zambrano Harvey.
"One could argue that cancer, in its own way, has been a worldwide pandemic for decades already, claiming lives in every part of the world at steadily growing rates," said Dr. Evangelia Razis.
"Oncologists' and medical societies’ engagement to create awareness of cancer care has rapidly increased and, more than ever, together, all of our actions matter," said Dr. Clarissa Mathias.
"Robust peace-building-through-health initiatives already exist. However, no such efforts that focus on cancer as a universal grassroots theme have been established yet," said Dr. Ghassan K. Abou-Alfa.
I believe that we are emerging from this past year strengthened and positioned to make an even greater impact in the future.
Meeyoung Lee and I discuss expectations, goals, realism, and hope when recommending a phase I clinical trial to a patient with cancer.
Countries like Lebanon, with delays in vaccination, carry the risk of herd immunity by the coronavirus rather than by the vaccines—which could mean tens of thousands of more deaths, more suffering, and health care system collapse. 
"I thought I was going through winter blues until one morning when a surprising thought occurred to me. I was thinking of quitting oncology," said Dr. Atlal Abusanad.

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