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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.
Cost, quality, and access to care are interconnected metrics used to evaluate health care systems. Of these, access is the most fundamental, explains Dr. Geraldine Jacobson.
The daily challenges of science and clinical care require the collective “we” to make the big, bold, creative advances that ultimately transform cancers as a whole, but individual lives around the world are changed one at the time, by the “I.” 
There are patients who meet the diagnosis of cancer not with dread, but with curiosity, and sometimes their preferred treatment strategy is, "Let's just see what happens."  
Dr. Julia Close considers the relationship between perfectionism and procrastination, and learning to find satisfaction in a task well (but not perfectly) done.
Drs. Janet Bull and Lindsay Bonsignore answer thoughtful questions about telemedicine posed by attendees at the 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium.
Cancer.Net editor in chief Dr. Lidia Schapira outlines important ideas in cancer survivorship that should move forward in 2018.
Even when educational meetings are offered regionally, not everyone is able to attend. Sharing the findings from these meetings in our own institutions is a great service to our colleagues and helps our patients get the best possible care.
Each time I am asked to interview a candidate to help choose future medical students, residents, and fellows, the same question goes through my mind: What will make a good doctor?
In my experience, cancer treatment plans rarely progress linearly. The further we veer from the anticipated course, the more wrong and dark and sinister it feels. 
Our patients bring the context of their lives into the hospitals and cancer centers where they receive care, including experiences of abuse and trauma. Patient-centered care means addressing situations that may be triggers for these patients or cause them emotional harm.
My hope for the new year is that more of our patients with cancer will experience a miracle thanks to precision medicine.
ASCO urges Congress to protect Medicare beneficiaries with cancer and other medical conditions by passing additional legislation to avoid cuts to the program.
The burden of cancer weighs most heavily in the areas with the fewest health resources. Essential to this fight are dedicated, curious local experts conducting scientifically rigorous cancer research and sharing the results so that we can learn from each other.
Dr. Carol A. Rosenberg invites you to join the Finding Your Path in Survivorship Networking Luncheon at the 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium on Friday, February 16.
We all have them: the needy patients who take an extraordinary amount of your time and effort. Consider that they aren't needy, but in need. And we can help.

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