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I’ve been silent on here for the past few months. I won’t be so egotistical as to say my silence has been noticed by others, but I have certainly missed writing here. The reasons for the mini-hiatus include having to take my Oncology Board re-certification exam. On top of that, I have also just...
The approach of ASCO’s Annual Meeting—where we will celebrate the 50th year since our founding in 1964—brings excitement and anticipation. Your Cancer Education Committee, led by Dr. Gini Fleming, has been working hard and in collaboration with the...
At my hospital, we are committed to offering a lot of clinical trials in the community. But it’s hard—nationally, only about 3% of patients with cancer participate in clinical trials. Even at some academic centers, it may be...
These two questions are among the most commonly asked in my clinic, particularly from patients who are recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.
On one afternoon last week, I sat at my desk working on a paper when my iPhone buzzed, telling me I had a new message. This message, forwarded from my Twitter account, alerted me to an...
Perhaps the most evocative essay that I have ever read is David Steensma's piece entitled "Reassurance" in the Art of Oncology section of the JCO, published in August 2004. Dr. Steensma writes an emotionally and visually powerful essay...
As I sit at my desk with the end of the year rapidly approaching, I am thinking about endings and new beginnings. I’ve just seen a pictorial about a dad and his three-year-old daughter. These were not family pictures per se...
As has been my tendency as of late, I will often open up my social media sites to see what is happening in the world around me. One of these sites I have come to rely on is LinkedIn, which sends me the news from all sorts of places, and from my colleagues within and outside of oncology. One of...
It’s an honor tolaunch ASCO’s 50thanniversary with the January 2014 issue of yourmember publication,a fitting forumas the Society’s initiatives and growthhave always been member-focused andmember-led.
She came to see me, alongside her husband. She was 26 years old, diagnosed with metastatic myeloma involving her bones, which had presented when she fractured her hip while jogging. Her disease had progressed on treatment and she was to start a clinical trial. Despite being pale, she looked well. I...
I attended the American Society of Hematology (ASH) 55th Annual Meeting (officially December 7-10, 2013). It seemed like the amount of Twitter activity had increased before and during the meeting compared to prior years. I asked Audun...
Nelson Mandela died yesterday. I never knew him personally, but somehow, his passing touched me-–just as it did the world, I suspect. In the quiet remorse of the news, I thought about what he accomplished and...
On the way to work recently, I heard a radio advertisement that sparked my interest. A cancer center (not my own) was advertising 3D mammography to patients as an alternative to standard mammography. As a GI oncologist, I have to admit knowing very little about 3D mammography. But as a health...
Founded in 1933 and comprising nearly 800 members, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that aims to support the global health community in our fight against the disease.
I am sitting in my kitchen having my first cup of coffee. The sun is shining through the windows, and upstairs, my kids are already awake- running from room to room, as if they are trying to catch a butterfly.

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