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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.
For your consideration (and response), here is an update from the most recent Board meeting that took place on November 16-18, 2017, including the establishment of Core Values and a 5-year strategic plan.
Only 11% of randomized trials give enough detail to practically use in clinical practice. Here are five ways we can use internet-based communication to make it easier for academic innovators to get credit for their work, and  to implement new findings for our patients.
We all hope that our families will stick together through thick and thin, be there to celebrate in each other’s joy, and be the people who will catch us when we fall. But, I know that there is no rule book when it comes to this.
We are committed to supporting and promoting practical policy solutions that ensure patients with cancer have access to, and can afford, drugs vital to their treatment.
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.

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