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Asking a partner to imagine himself in the patient's place helped bridge an empathy gap and move a hard conversation forward.
With support from ASCO's Quality Training Program, Dr. Arjun Gupta and his team were able to make major reductions in patient wait time for chemotherapy.
Dr. Regina A. Jacob tells the stories of two women with two very different diagnoses who respond, psychologically, contrarily to what you would expect.
More than 100 oncology practices have signed up to participate in ASCO's big data initiative. "We need good data, and lots of it, if we’re to draw meaningful conclusions that can improve patient care," writes CancerLinQ CEO Kevin Fitzpatrick.
Our recent Patient Empowerment Workshop outlined the importance of screening and early diagnosis in breast cancer, but also emphasized attention and care for women with advanced breast cancer.
Nominating Committee chair Dr. Lisa A. Carey encourages you to give a clear mandate to the Board by voting for your chosen leaders.
During a breast cancer event in Guam, Agnes Sarthou's story about living with stage IV disease struck me very deeply, and she kindly allowed me to share part of it with you.
Delivering high-quality cancer care is challenging even under ideal circumstances. To the providers working in areas struck by natural disaster, where the basic resources and infrastructure you depend on are suddenly unavailable, you have my utmost admiration.
Do you ever wonder what the staff in hotel conference rooms think about what we talk about in presentations and lectures?
We have a responsibility to design clinical trials that reflect our patient mix, and to offer hope to all of our patients rather than a select few.
Every now and then, I have a patient who chooses not to pursue the regimen that I think will bring them the best chances.
Multidisciplinary units are resouce-intensive, but if you have a computer, you can consult with expert colleagues around the world in a multidisciplinary tumor board.
When your day seems to be a cascade of bad news, your attitude about stress can impact its effect on you. Dr. Julia Close shares a personal story about maintaining perspective during a challenging time.
"As a mother and an oncologist, there are always times when I am plagued with doubt, feeling I could be more fully present in one role if I wasn’t worrying about the other," says Dr. Jane Lowe Meisel.
In the wake of a natural disaster, writes Dr. Enrique Soto Pérez de Celis, small acts like checking in with a patient via text can go a long way in providing reassurance and care.
After ADT for prostate cancer, many couples are surprised by the cascade of changes in their relationship - both physical and emotional - that result from a lack of testosterone.
I often wonder if patients know what it’s like to leave a clinical practice for us as clinicians—if they wonder if they ever cross our minds. I hope with this blog I can answer that not only for myself, but for my compassionate colleagues who have chosen medicine, and specifically oncology.
"At different points in the retreat, I felt indebted to the women who came before me... and renewed by the ideas we all have to make a world of difference in cancer care," writes Dr. Stephanie Graff.

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