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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.
Wherever we live, whatever we do for our day jobs, we have a responsibility to be politically aware and politically engaged.
I offer a few tips on how to break up with your mentor, without burning a professional bridge.
What had just happened in an examination room that led to that truly intimate moment in the small space of the elevator? 
The December holidays are always a hard time for my patients, and as a result, for me and my health care team. It’s hard to feel so depleted when there is so much pressure to be festive and merry.
"As oncologists," writes Dr. Ramy Sedhom, "if we are committed to healing patients, we must understand not only what cancer does to patients’ bodies, but what the disease does to them in spirit."
Carolyn Taylor, founder and president of Global Focus on Cancer, and I discuss advocacy, the patient experience, and using your passion to have an impact on the world.
ASCO's delegation to the AMA HOD invites all ASCO members to share their thoughts and concerns concerning issues affecting the practice of oncology, as your input directly impacts the delegation's work.
When a patient is looking for the word "cure," anything else, especially if vague, is not enough. "No evidence of disease" leaves room for doubt but, importantly, also room for hope.
Dr. Omid Etemadi describes the evolution of integrated cancer care in the Philippines. 
What does the future of immuno-oncology look like? Dr. Elizabeth A. Mittendorf invites you to be part of the conversation at the 2020 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium in February.

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