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"The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact is immediate for people who suffered from infection, but there is also an indirect impact on people who had to defer diagnosis and treatment plans, and the consequences of these delays will likely last for years," Dr. Dawood Findakly writes.
For many of us, the necessity of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has required us to get comfortable, fast, with technology, and there are lessons learned here that will be valuable even when the pandemic ends.
Dr. Grace Blitzer, Dr. Aleksandra Kuczmarska-Haas, and Dr. Emily Merfeld describe the landscape of gender inequity in academic medicine, and a survey of women oncologists they hope will inform a more equal future for the field.
From avoiding common grant pitfalls to collaborating with a biostatician to dealing with rejection, here are my personal takeaways from ASCO and Conquer Cancer's five-part webinar series on effective grant writing.
Some of my patients with advanced disease must choose between two options: an expensive novel therapy with limited benefit or palliative care and hospice. What if there was a third way?
Dr. Mona Hassan describes the harrowing scene and the courage shown by everyone at the American University of Beirut Medical Center in the hours following the explosions at the Port of Beirut on August 4.
ASCO president Dr. Lori J. Pierce and I discuss her background, her presidential theme, and ASCO efforts related to health equity and representation.
Is the first year after fellowship the hardest year of an oncology career? Dr. Katrina Winsnes discusses 3 challenges of that career stage, and strategies to use when the going gets tough.
Hospitals and clinics are restricting visitors to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19, but this precaution can be difficult for family caregivers who are struggling to get the information they need to help their loved ones.
Ahead of the ASCO20 Virtual Education Program, Mr. David Whitaker of Choose Chicago sends his best wishes and gratitude on behalf of the city where the ASCO Annual Meeting is traditionally held.
Ten years after losing my mom to breast cancer, I find myself reflecting on who I am today and what I have learned from the loss and grief that propelled me to relocate across the globe and dedicate my career to serving patients with cancer. 
Sometimes the best treatment isn't a medical intervention, but an emotional one, as Dr. Dawood Findakly discovered when a patient seemed to lose his will to live.
History has a long memory and the actions we take today will have ramifications far into the future, as three recent nonfiction books reminded me.
I counseled a patient whose cancer treatment had impacted her sex life that honesty is always the best policy, even if a secret is intended to spare someone's feelings.
Peer review, writes Dr. Yara Abdou, is not a task, but a privilege, and an invaluable experience for the reviewer to enhance their critical thinking and engage in an invigorating academic community.
Dr. Shannon Ugarte's oncology education during her away elective was a lesson in resilience and adaptability due to COVID-19.
A student asked Dr. Tian Zhang about compartmentalizing feelings to avoid burnout. Dr. Zhang recalled an experience from her own medical school days about the necessity of empathy in patient care.
Dr. Piyush Srivastava outlines recommendations from the recently released ASCO Special Report provided for oncology practices as they return to more routine care delivery in the pandemic.

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