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I began my medical career in Arizona, where I received an early lesson in the importance of cultural sensitivity thanks to members of the Navajo Nation from the Four Corners region.
A diverse workforce will benefit all of our patients by exposing us all to new and different ideas, allowing culturally competent care, and ultimately improving cancer care for all patients.
The Hispanic/Latinx population living in the U.S. continues to face many challenges, including high uninsured rates, lack of representation in oncology clinical trials, poor access to health care, and discrimination and biases, write Drs. Carol Ochoa, Tricia Kalwar, and Narjust Florez.
How does someone like me achieve belonging, when my simple existence in certain spaces offends some, enrages others, and brings out many prejudices and stereotypes?
Todd Pickard and Dr. Stephanie Williams outline the work and future activities of ASCO's Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Task Force.
Dr. Anna M Laucis discusses the landscape and future opportunities for narrative medicine, along with her own explorations in original artwork and poetry.
Cancer changes the relationship between what we think is certain and the fallibility of our assumptions; it can also be a source of discovery about ourselves and our relationships.
Dr. William Barrett outlines a unique model of care for oncology second opinions, in which consultations are offered at no cost to patients.
Establishing a reputation of humility, collegiality, and kindness ensures that people can seek you out earlier than later, which can prevent many complications and delays in care.
At the launch of an innovative partnership to combine medical oncology, hematology, and hospice and palliative medicine into a single fellowship program, Dr. Ramy Sedhom shares perspectives on the value of combined training and the critical function of this new training pathway.
"Several valuable lessons can be learned from the Syrian conflict and the immense experience of the Syrian American Medical Society’s (SAMS) efforts, coordination, and contributions developing oncology centers in northern Syria," said Dr. M. Bassel Atassi.
"If we, as knowledgeable people, start informing women whom we come across about cervical cancer screening, we add a drop to the ocean of wellness," said Dr. Pesona Grace Lucksom.
"Patients from sexual and gender minorities deserve treatment that respects and honors their unique needs, presentations, and desires. Why, in 2022, does a concept so obvious need to be stated?" asks patient advocate Darryl Mitteldorf. 
It's hard to find the right words to communicate with patients affected by the dual trauma of cancer and war. Dr. Csaba L. Dégi and Dr. Fay J. Hlubocky offer perspectives, guidance, and resources (available in translation).
Dr. Andriy Hrynkiv describes the situation on the ground in Ukraine for civilians and health care providers.
Mingqian Lin and Yixuan James Zheng add their voices to ASCO's call to action on equity, diversity, and inclusion, and draw attention to the specific challenges faced by the AANHPI population in the United States.
Dr. Elizabeth Comen joined me to discuss cancer care during the Omicron surge, digging deep for resilience, and finding moments to pause. 
Dr. Gevorg Tamamyan reflects on accomplishments of the past 3 years and looks to the future of pediatric cancer care in Armenia.

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