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"You're an oncologist? How can you do it?" Radiation oncologists chimed in on Twitter about the rewards of the job.
Dr. Raj Mohan looks at surgical oncology through the lens of the saying that "the proof of the pudding is in the eating": ultimately, the outcome matters more than the process.
A patient who refused chemotherapy offered Dr. Erika Hamilton a lesson in compromise. 
I love talking with those patients who are in their 80s and beyond, who have seen so much and have so much to teach me.
A precision therapy was indicated and available for my patient, but we lost the window of opportunity to administer it safely.
Cancer.Net editor in chief Dr. Lidia Schapira explains that it is essential to invest resources and time in making sure patients have access to the information they need at every stage of their treatment and well into survivorship.
Thanks to Conquer Cancer grants, when Dr. Dorothy C. Lombe treats patients with cervical cancer in Zambia, "I will be able to hold more women’s hands and say yes where I had previously said no."
Dr. Arjun Gupta reconsidered an order (and the evidence) for a neutropenic diet when it negatively affected his patient's quality of life.  
This was a patient who needed to do cancer her way, and making it about me was not going to work.
While more biosimilars will likely be available in oncology in the next several years, their specific impact on patient care is going to depend on patient and provider acceptance of these agents.
I thought providing good care was enough. I thought treating everyone the same was enough. But I realized that I have to be aware of how race and racism affect my patients and how they experience the medical system.
Sometimes cross-coverage means having hard conversations with patients who aren't ours, but who still deserve our expertise and our honesty.
"I know too much. I don't know enough." Dr. Stephanie L. Graff interviews Dr. Kelly Shanahan, an OB/GYN living with metastatic breast cancer.
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Many of the best surgeons Dr. Raj Mohan has known have been doctors with limited academic achievements, but who are excellent human beings when it comes to providing compassionate, genuine, heartfelt care.
Physicians must take the time to discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and most recent evidence regarding PSA screening in a way that the patient understands - and that discussion must be remunerated appropriately.
A source of frustration for many doctors is the cognitive dissonance of how we want to practice medicine versus how we actually practice medicine.
Providing access to patients has to go beyond the traditional hospital and clinic setting. Enlisting the community centers and leaders in which people trust and earning their trust as expert health care providers is an invaluable combination.

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