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By learning from mentors in different countries and settings, Dr. Frederick Ivan Ting becomes a better physician, and his patients recieve better care.
ASCO's chief medical officer Dr. Richard L. Schilsky and I discuss the refinement of cancer surgery, the critical importance of federally funded research, and ASCO's research priorities for the oncology community.
I want my patients to be empowered with good information to take excellent care of their own health in a way that is sensible and sustainable throughout their entire lives.
"Quality improvement happens slowly if you're in a silo": Dr. Jeffery Ward and I discuss the important updates to ASCO's alternative payment model for high-quality oncology care.
Dr. Erika Hamilton explores the culture of blame around cancer, in which patients are shamed for failing to prevent cancer and judged on all of the decisions they make.
Dr. Philippe Aftimos and I discuss the experience of moving far from home in order to pursue the medical careers we dreamed of.
The knowledge explosion in oncology is palpable on a daily level, leaving physicians at a loss regarding how to stay ahead. Here is some practical advice on keeping up with the torrent of information.
Let’s look critically at the prospective trial evaluating the association of ringing a bell with distress experienced by patients with cancer.
As we begin our work in 2020, I am excited that we are building on the remarkable successes of 2019, and the years before, with growing collaboration and sharpening focus. 
As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day this February 4, it’s important to recognize that we are making progress in addressing cancer.
World Cancer Day 2020 is about every one of us, and about asking for our commitment to do something to prevent cancer and support people and communities deal with cancer.
We can’t do a great job caring for our patients if we are spreading ourselves too thin, writes Dr. Sayeh Lavasani.
How do you confront that pesky inner voice that occasionally whispers, "You don't really belong here"? 
My interests in education and global oncology have allowed me to connect with great people. One of them is Dr. Julie Gralow, a fierce advocate for global oncology and an international expert in breast cancer.
Andrea Anampa-Guzmán and Dr. Pamela Contreras-Chavez outline the advantages of attending the ASCO Annual Meeting as an international medical student.
Five editorial fellows gained hands-on experience to engage in a better understanding of how a scholarly manuscript is handled.
When communicating prognosis, "I would suggest that we give information slowly and steadily, taking things as they come, allowing patients and their caretakers time to settle down and accept things as they are," says Dr. Raj Mohan.
As the world’s leading organization of oncology professionals who care for people with cancer, ASCO believes it is critical to understand what the public, including patients, think of, expect, and need from the nation’s cancer care system.

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