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During my career, pathologists have always been the “doctor’s doctor.” Why can't they be the "patient's doctor" as well?
Time is precious to all of us and seems to pass so quickly. How much more quickly does it pass for someone who knows that they have a life-threatening illness?
While the national budget may seem opaque and abstract, ASCO is putting a human face on the line items. Real lives are at stake.
How using the term "screen failure" can be a disservice to clinical trial teams and patients alike. 
Dr. Raj Mohan reflects on the important role an oncologist plays in a patient's journey, and how every step of treatment needs love, compassion, and involvement.
Dr. Stefania Gori describes the Italian Association of Medical Oncology's meeting with Pope Francis, and the blessing he offered to everyone who cares for people with cancer.
To be a truly good doctor, you can't just care for people - you have to care about people.
I often run into people I’ve trained, and they tell me that they hear my words in their heads when they operate, as if I’m standing beside them. And in a way, I always am.
I had the enormous privilege of speaking with poet Anya Silver about her experience living with metastatic breast cancer and her perspective on physician-patient communication.
When men have traditionally been socialized to be stoic and not share their problems, the road after cancer can be lonely and isolating.
Some reflections on John McCain, mortality, Hamilton, and the story you leave behind. 
ASCO leaders and local members, including Dr. Electra D. Paskett and Dr. Colin D. Weekes, participated in a town hall to hear concerns and answers questions from patients in rural Ohio.
"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.

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