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When I was first asked if I would chair the Cancer Control for Primary Care Course in Bhutan, I immediately exclaimed yes! And then I sheepishly went to look up where exactly Bhutan was on a map.
All of us have the power to impact health care policy. ASCO's Advocate of the Year explains how easy it is to get involved, and how we need to focus on long-term success.
Health care providers have a tendency to talk a lot; we are trained to ask questions, to give information, to provide advice and guidance. But if we just stop and let the silence fill the room we can learn so much from our patients. 
What makes a death dignified? It's in how we live, writes Dr. Manglio Miguel Rizzo. 
I was her doctor, and my job was to give my opinion, even if it could not be backed by any data, and then to respect hers. After all, there was only one person walking this road of cancer, and it was my job to make that road easier. 
Being deliberate about creating diverse and inclusive teams is not about optics and good PR. It is the right thing to do to make sure our patients get the best possible care. Every hand is needed, and everyone has something valuable to contribute.
During a podcast interview on leadership and change, I had the opportunity to discuss how important ASCO is in the life of a cancer doctor.
Dr. Evgeniya Kharchenko dreamed of creating a local society for young specialists in Russia with ASCO’s values, and made her dream a reality.
Case-based presentations and tumor board discussions lend additional educational opportunities to this regional conference.
Dr. Richard L. Schilsky describes ASCO's Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study and similar independent studies worldwide.
Dr. Raj Mohan describes the anxious journey that surgical oncologists and patients with cancer take together, as they wait to see what the histopathology report reveals.
As the host of the ASCO in Action podcast series, I'll be interviewing leaders and experts in oncology about policy and practice issues. Our first episode is about representation in the oncology workforce.
Patient advocate Ms. Carole Seigel discusses ASCO's new clinical practice guideline on managing immune-related adverse events for patients treated with checkpoint inhibitors.  
A recent event brought home the significance of how devastating news is received and how we react to a potentially life-changing message.
Almost every day a patient (and often many more than one) asks Dr. Evan Hall, “How will my cancer diagnosis affect my life?” This is a difficult question to answer. 
"Can we increase the chances to make early diagnoses in patients with cancer? Yes, we can, I can, but how?" asks Dr. Jose Angel Sanchez.
Managing cancer is a team effort, writes Dr. Carlos Sampaio. In order to make this complex orchestra perform at its best, a few key principles are mandatory.

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