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I understood cancer as an oncologist: I understood its breadth. The manifestation of disease. Now, as a cancer caregiver, I understand its depth.
It's unacceptable that patients fall through the cracks of our health care system. Oncologists and patients need to sit at the table with policymakers to create real change.
Dr. Julia Close describes a recent study about the dearth of sponsorship opportunities for women in medicine. Narrowing the opportunity gap is crucial for narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions.
Having the chance to be with a patient one last time can be deeply therapeutic for those of us who cared for them.
The ASCO delegation was very busy at the American Medical Association House of Delegates recent interim meeting.
Guideline co-chairs Drs. Timothy Gilligan and Walter Baile highlight specific recommendations for better communication and provide some examples of how they can translate into practice.
A journal that aims to be the voice of global oncology has to publish work relating not only to differences in cancer biology due to risk factors, pathogenesis, and pharmacology, but also disparities arising from social, cultural, economic, and political resource-constraining issues.
Asking a partner to imagine himself in the patient's place helped bridge an empathy gap and move a hard conversation forward.
With support from ASCO's Quality Training Program, Dr. Arjun Gupta and his team were able to make major reductions in patient wait time for chemotherapy.
Dr. Regina A. Jacob tells the stories of two women with two very different diagnoses who respond, psychologically, contrarily to what you would expect.
More than 100 oncology practices have signed up to participate in ASCO's big data initiative. "We need good data, and lots of it, if we’re to draw meaningful conclusions that can improve patient care," writes CancerLinQ CEO Kevin Fitzpatrick.
Our recent Patient Empowerment Workshop outlined the importance of screening and early diagnosis in breast cancer, but also emphasized attention and care for women with advanced breast cancer.
Nominating Committee chair Dr. Lisa A. Carey encourages you to give a clear mandate to the Board by voting for your chosen leaders.
During a breast cancer event in Guam, Agnes Sarthou's story about living with stage IV disease struck me very deeply, and she kindly allowed me to share part of it with you.
Delivering high-quality cancer care is challenging even under ideal circumstances. To the providers working in areas struck by natural disaster, where the basic resources and infrastructure you depend on are suddenly unavailable, you have my utmost admiration.
Do you ever wonder what the staff in hotel conference rooms think about what we talk about in presentations and lectures?
We have a responsibility to design clinical trials that reflect our patient mix, and to offer hope to all of our patients rather than a select few.

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