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We can work to limit the spread of COVID-19 while providing humane, evidence-based cancer care.
Sharing information for containment, prevention, and readiness for COVID-19 is essential. Here are some of the precautions we are taking in Lebanon at the American University of Beirut.
Cancer care providers and patients with cancer alike are grappling with new fears and uncertainities due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Dr. Nausheen Ahmed shares her experience practicing in Ohio.
"I have been in countless situations where patients preferred to see a male physician instead of me, simply based on gender bias," writes Dr. Asha Karippot. 
I want my patients to be empowered with good information to take excellent care of their own health in a way that is sensible and sustainable throughout their entire lives.
"Quality improvement happens slowly if you're in a silo": Dr. Jeffery Ward and I discuss the important updates to ASCO's alternative payment model for high-quality oncology care.
Dr. Erika Hamilton explores the culture of blame around cancer, in which patients are shamed for failing to prevent cancer and judged on all of the decisions they make.
Let’s look critically at the prospective trial evaluating the association of ringing a bell with distress experienced by patients with cancer.
As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day this February 4, it’s important to recognize that we are making progress in addressing cancer.
World Cancer Day 2020 is about every one of us, and about asking for our commitment to do something to prevent cancer and support people and communities deal with cancer.
My interests in education and global oncology have allowed me to connect with great people. One of them is Dr. Julie Gralow, a fierce advocate for global oncology and an international expert in breast cancer.
When communicating prognosis, "I would suggest that we give information slowly and steadily, taking things as they come, allowing patients and their caretakers time to settle down and accept things as they are," says Dr. Raj Mohan.
As the world’s leading organization of oncology professionals who care for people with cancer, ASCO believes it is critical to understand what the public, including patients, think of, expect, and need from the nation’s cancer care system.
Wherever we live, whatever we do for our day jobs, we have a responsibility to be politically aware and politically engaged.
What had just happened in an examination room that led to that truly intimate moment in the small space of the elevator? 
The December holidays are always a hard time for my patients, and as a result, for me and my health care team. It’s hard to feel so depleted when there is so much pressure to be festive and merry.
"As oncologists," writes Dr. Ramy Sedhom, "if we are committed to healing patients, we must understand not only what cancer does to patients’ bodies, but what the disease does to them in spirit."
When a patient is looking for the word "cure," anything else, especially if vague, is not enough. "No evidence of disease" leaves room for doubt but, importantly, also room for hope.

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