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Our Annual Meeting features the brightest minds of oncology, and provides a matchless opportunity to network with our colleagues from the United States and around the world. 
Dr. Anne Moore has served as a mentor to recipients of the International Development and Education Award since 2005, and has seen firsthand how the award is helping young physicians transform cancer care around the world.
As scientistics, we know that data matters. Dr. Reshma Jagsi and I examine the data about gender and participation in the ASCO Annual Meeting.
We examine how state-level health care policy may impact the care that we deliver to our patients with cancer, and why it's important for us to pay attention to and help shape bills and regulations moving in states.
Many of the best surgeons Dr. Raj Mohan has known have been doctors with limited academic achievements, but who are excellent human beings when it comes to providing compassionate, genuine, heartfelt care.
The Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation hosts an annual event with mothers and daughters to raise both health awareness and funds to support patients with breast cancer who need financial assistance.
Physicians must take the time to discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and most recent evidence regarding PSA screening in a way that the patient understands - and that discussion must be remunerated appropriately.
A source of frustration for many doctors is the cognitive dissonance of how we want to practice medicine versus how we actually practice medicine.
This is one of the busiest and most exciting times of the year for many of us, as we are just about a month out from the ASCO Annual Meeting.
Providing access to patients has to go beyond the traditional hospital and clinic setting. Enlisting the community centers and leaders in which people trust and earning their trust as expert health care providers is an invaluable combination.
For those not in our field, cancer is still seen as a devastating disease starting at the point of diagnosis. As oncology professionals, it’s important that we do not accept death from cancer as inevitable, or even as imminent.
Clinical trials are the pathway to better treatments, better outcomes, and a future without cancer. We, as investigators, need to believe in them, and be willing to offer them to all patients who are eligible. 
Our vice president of Clinical Affairs breaks down the reporting changes you need to understand and address to avoid potential financial penalties in 2020.
Dr. Barbara K. Rimer explains that actions recently highlighted by the President’s Cancer Panel are aligned with ASCO’s recommendation that patients be informed about the costs of care as part of the treatment decision-making process.
It is important to recognize that some of our patients lead chaotic lives. We need to be careful of judging them and labeling them as non-compliant. They are usually just trying their best under difficult or even impossible situations.
The decisions the Board made will enable ASCO to define the behaviors and resources that support our professional community to achieve greater career satisfaction while delivering ever better care.
ASCO's current president explains why he's passionate about precision medicine, as well as the concerns that keep him up at night. 
Dr. Raj Mohan considers the concept of trust, and notes that what many patients will remember is how you made them feel comfortable as a human being, understood them, and stayed with them through their ups and downs.

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