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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.
As a physician and future pediatric oncologist, Dr. Rachel Offenbacher believes that providers have the responsibility to be vocal about the critical importance of vaccines.
"Oncologists are asked every day to peer into a crystal ball and speak sagely about how much time is left," writes Dr. Mark A. Lewis, "...but each person with cancer enters an irreproducible experiment in which they are the sole participant."
The Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation and the Breast Center of Excellence at the Naef Basile Cancer Institute at the American University of Beirut Medical Center organized a fundraising brunch on the occasion of Mother’s Day 2019.
Health Equity Committee chair Dr. William D. Tap highlights the recent work and forward momentum of ASCO's efforts to achieve health care equity for all through improved access to and quality of care.
My patient had struggled emotionally throughout the course of her cancer treatment, until the day I walked into the room and noticed a profound change.
We personalize cancer treatment for our patients. Perhaps it is time to personalize how we acknowledge the transitions in their cancer experience.
Dr. Margaret Kemeny and colleagues at Queens Cancer Center deliver high-quality care to patients whose primary concern may not be their cancer.
The patients we mentally label as "difficult" are perhaps the ones who need our empathy the most.
On Christmas morning, I had to tell my beloved father-in-law that he was dying. 
Dr. Narjust Duma documents her journey through different phases of grief and gratitude as a special patient transfers to hospice care.
The concept of overdiagnosis must be communicated accurately and in a culturally sensitive way, writes Dr. Aju Mathew. 
Dr. Marcia Cruz-Correa describes the cancer care landscape in Puerto Rico and the discussions that took place in San Juan and Caguas as part of ASCO's ongoing town hall series.
Wherever we practice, none of us need to look very far to find people who, through no fault of their own, are living right on the knife’s edge of disaster.
Dr. Ashley Sumrall fulfilled a dream of performing in the famous Carnegie Hall, and discovered that the practice, teamwork, and commitment required onstage paralleled her work in oncology.

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