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As a physician and future pediatric oncologist, Dr. Rachel Offenbacher believes that providers have the responsibility to be vocal about the critical importance of vaccines.
"We are in a unique moment in terms of the pace of breakthroughs that are being made and the variety of places that breakthroughs are happening," writes Dr. Peter P. Yu.
Key cancer-related topics discussed at the AMA-HOD meeting included alcohol ingestion as a causation risk factor, appropriate guidelines for opioids in the cancer setting, and the use of de-identified patient information.
"We believe what mattered the most about #ASCO19 is that patients were part of the discussion," write Dr. Mark A. Lewis and Dr. Chadi Nabhan.
I am excited about the entire Breakthrough program, including a session I am leading on the impact of social media and telehealth on cancer care.
Real actions that promote women and under-represented groups in medicine are doable, starting today.
"Oncologists are asked every day to peer into a crystal ball and speak sagely about how much time is left," writes Dr. Mark A. Lewis, "...but each person with cancer enters an irreproducible experiment in which they are the sole participant."
The concept of work-life balance is a mirage. Instead, I think of it as a pendulum that sways between my priorities to match the moment and the setting. 
Even if you're a planner, writes Dr. Martina Murphy, be open to career opportunities that may lead you in directions you never considered. 
The Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation and the Breast Center of Excellence at the Naef Basile Cancer Institute at the American University of Beirut Medical Center organized a fundraising brunch on the occasion of Mother’s Day 2019.
To help you get the most out of #ASCO19, I'm sharing a vlog on networking (it's not as scary as you think!) and strategies for organizing your schedule and maximizing your face time with the people you want to meet.
Health Equity Committee chair Dr. William D. Tap highlights the recent work and forward momentum of ASCO's efforts to achieve health care equity for all through improved access to and quality of care.
"As women in oncology, we have so many common stories and so much to learn from one another," writes Dr. Jane Lowe Meisel.
"When you come away from Breakthrough, you’ll have a different way of thinking than you had before," writes Dr. Peter P. Yu.
Breakthrough will bring together unique experts in the field, including innovators, scientists, and technology specialists, all to discuss better solutions for cancer care, writes ASCO president-elect Dr. Howard A. "Skip" Burris.
Dr. Ward and I discuss the policies that public and private insurers use to control the use of anticancer drug therapies, such as prior authorization requirements, restrictive formularies, step therapy, or fail first requirements, and specialty specific tiers.
My patient had struggled emotionally throughout the course of her cancer treatment, until the day I walked into the room and noticed a profound change.

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