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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.
Dr. Omid Etemadi describes the evolution of integrated cancer care in the Philippines. 
Dr. Aditya Bardia and I discuss the deep and sincere bonds we form not just with our patients but with their families. How can we ensure their needs are met, especially after a patient dies?
He was lonely and afraid after a diagnosis of prostate cancer, and I hope, wherever he is, that he is doing well.
As the complexity of cancer care has increased, so too have the pressures on oncology professionals in every setting.
After observing Health Care Quality Week, Dr. Aakash Desai and Dr. Devika Das ask, "What does quality really mean to us, especially in oncology?"
A famous castle in Byblos was illuminated pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month as cancer care professionals spoke out about screening and early detection.
I wondered how my mentor felt on the topic of personal and professional, on whether it is a good idea to allow a look into the person behind the white coat.
Dr. Kelly Shanahan and I discuss how to involve a patient in tumor board discussions. How does your institution handle this?
A recent study on the risk of Alzheimer's disease or dementia following the use of ADT was disturbing to me on two levels.
An inaccurate prognosis given at an urgent care center destroyed my patient's hope. Little by little, I will try to help him rebuild it.
Dr. Gil Morgan joins me in a conversation about how our perspectives have been enriched by work, parenthood, and online connections.
After a breast cancer diagnosis, cancer researcher Dr. Priscila Gonçalves went from "helper" to "helped." She discovered incredible kindness along the way.  
Patient advocate Martha E. "Meg" Gaines poses six essential questions for patient-provider teams to consider in their discussions about targeted therapies.
Dr. Chirag Shah and I were excited to participate in - and see the impact of - a campaign to raise awareness about brachytherapy as a valuable radiotherapy technique.
It was challenging to counsel a patient who responded to his cancer diagnosis by having affairs.
How does a group of talented, busy surgeons find the time to change their surgical paradigm? Dr. Nabil P. Rizk and I had an enlightening conversation about cost, value, quality of care, and process improvement.
Regardless of prognosis, we all must live with the reality that time is fleeting, and none of us have unlimited tomorrows.

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