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Dr. Stefania Gori describes the Italian Association of Medical Oncology's meeting with Pope Francis, and the blessing he offered to everyone who cares for people with cancer.
To be a truly good doctor, you can't just care for people - you have to care about people.
I often run into people I’ve trained, and they tell me that they hear my words in their heads when they operate, as if I’m standing beside them. And in a way, I always am.
I had the enormous privilege of speaking with poet Anya Silver about her experience living with metastatic breast cancer and her perspective on physician-patient communication.
When men have traditionally been socialized to be stoic and not share their problems, the road after cancer can be lonely and isolating.
Some reflections on John McCain, mortality, Hamilton, and the story you leave behind. 
ASCO leaders and local members, including Dr. Electra D. Paskett and Dr. Colin D. Weekes, participated in a town hall to hear concerns and answers questions from patients in rural Ohio.
"You're an oncologist? How can you do it?" Radiation oncologists chimed in on Twitter about the rewards of the job.
Dr. Raj Mohan looks at surgical oncology through the lens of the saying that "the proof of the pudding is in the eating": ultimately, the outcome matters more than the process.
A patient who refused chemotherapy offered Dr. Erika Hamilton a lesson in compromise. 
I love talking with those patients who are in their 80s and beyond, who have seen so much and have so much to teach me.
A precision therapy was indicated and available for my patient, but we lost the window of opportunity to administer it safely.
Cancer.Net editor in chief Dr. Lidia Schapira explains that it is essential to invest resources and time in making sure patients have access to the information they need at every stage of their treatment and well into survivorship.
Thanks to Conquer Cancer grants, when Dr. Dorothy C. Lombe treats patients with cervical cancer in Zambia, "I will be able to hold more women’s hands and say yes where I had previously said no."
Dr. Arjun Gupta reconsidered an order (and the evidence) for a neutropenic diet when it negatively affected his patient's quality of life.  
This was a patient who needed to do cancer her way, and making it about me was not going to work.
While more biosimilars will likely be available in oncology in the next several years, their specific impact on patient care is going to depend on patient and provider acceptance of these agents.

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