Explore this JAMA Oncology series devoted to telling stories about having cancer, the joys and challenges of caring for cancer patients, and truths discovered along the way.
This Piece of My Mind recounts how a patient with terminal cancer used poetry to explain his cancer plan to his oncologist.
This essay describes an author’s past experiences with her husband’s cancer and how it shaped her ability to cope in highly stressful situations.
In this piece, a physician shares how he and a patient with terminal cancer established a genuine rapport during the COVID-19 pandemic and how fundamental yet easily overlooked being truly present can be to patient care.
In this essay, an oncology fellow describes how his conversations with patients with terminal cancer and their families have changed regarding travel and gathering restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic
This essay describes how an act of kindness can restore one’s hope.
This essay details the the emotional toll of pediatric cancer from the author’s peronal experiences and uses these details to correct misconceptions many have about patients who die from or survive the disease.
In this essay, an experienced oncologist mourns the loss of personal connection with patients and their families that has resulted from the social distancing of the COVID-19 era.
In this essay, the author discusses the role of spirituality in patient care.
This essay discusses similarities between a doctor’s experiences with diagnoses of cancer and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
This article discusses the role of a physician’s attire in patient perception of their physician.
In this essay, the author describes her experience being pregnant during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
This essay discusses the challenges associated with caring for patients with cancer during the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy.
In this essay, the author describes a magnifying glass, given to him by his mentor, that becomes for him the symbol of blocking out all distractions to view with focused intent the primary importance of the patient’s well-being in the practice of medicine.
This article describes an oncologist’s experience engaging in the spiritual lives of a patient with terminal illness and her family.
In this essay, the author details how his grandmother addressed a cancer diagnosis.
This essay details some of the limitations of medical science in managing patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation and emphasizes the importance of the arts for the quality of life of these patients.
In this essay, an oncologist’s describes how he uses the concept of positive deviance and Kaplan-Meier curves in face of treatment obstacles that seem insurmountable.
This essay describes the wisdom and insights gained while treating a woman with metastatic lung cancer.
In this essay, the author reflects on lessons learned from a patient with metastatic lung cancer who wanted to have a baby.
This article describes the experiences of a first-year oncology fellow’s experience as he treats his first patient.
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