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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.
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.
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.
"As women in oncology, we have so many common stories and so much to learn from one another," writes Dr. Jane Lowe Meisel.
If we are to achieve a world without the fear of cancer, we must combine forces and work together as never before to learn from every patient’s experience to benefit those who come afterward. 
Through its member benefits for early-career professionals, writes Dr. Uqba Khan, "ASCO has played a significant part in my professional growth and career development."
Social media is a largely untapped resource for researchers to utilize for the purpose of successfully completing trials.
We personalize cancer treatment for our patients. Perhaps it is time to personalize how we acknowledge the transitions in their cancer experience.
Dr. Margaret Kemeny and colleagues at Queens Cancer Center deliver high-quality care to patients whose primary concern may not be their cancer.
How my passions became my career path. 
The patients we mentally label as "difficult" are perhaps the ones who need our empathy the most.
Put everything in your calendar, wear comfortable shoes, and a pro tip on the Starbucks line: Dr. Narjust Duma offers practical advice for oncology trainees headed to the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting.
When medical student Andrea Anampa-Guzmán's father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, she realized she needed to take care of herself so she could take care of him. 
Breakthrough Co-Host Committee chair Dr. Peter P. Yu invites you to a groundbreaking meeting of "firsts."  
On Christmas morning, I had to tell my beloved father in law that he was dying. 
Learning how to hit a paper hard with difficult questions and appreciating the nuances in data interpretation should be one of the goals of oncology training, writes Dr. Rajshekhar Chakraborty.
Dr. Narjust Duma documents her journey through different phases of grief and gratitude as a special patient transfers to hospice care.

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