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 essay describes a medical physicist’s interaction with a patient and the profound effect that even the smallest patient interactions can have on health care professionals.
This article describes the experiences of a first-year oncology fellow’s experience as he treats his first patient.
This essay describes the author’s experience as a genetic counselor with a patient with terminal pancreatic cancer.
This essay describes one physician’s experience as she and her family cared for her terminally ill mother.
This essay describes one physician’s approach to patients with cancer who question their initial decision to forgo conventional definitive treatment.
This article describes the coping mechanism used by a patient with cancer.
This article examines the tradition of bell ringing as a method of celebrating the completion of cancer treatment.
This article illustrates how social media can create new communities within medicine and, in particular, advance gender equity in oncology.
In this article, the author discusses his struggles with hope and delusion in his personal experience with renal cell carcinoma.
This essay describes the process of coming to an understanding of grief following the death of a family member who had cancer.
This article discusses the bravery of an elderly cancer patient from Finland who had sisu, a Finnish word to describe ferocity and tenacity.
This article discusses a community support group for patients with neuroendocrine tumors, and learning to build trust as a team.
This article describes the experience of a physician in the Netherlands who has performed euthanasia at the request of a patient.
In this Cancer Chronicle, an oncologist relates using the insights gained from his own child’s cancer death to guide decision making and help a patient’s family understand the benefit of opting against further therapy.
This article discusses a case in which music was used as a platform for initiating a conversation on end-of-life care.
This article discusses the benefits of shared decision making and having open discussions about costs in the cancer care debate.
This article provides a perspective on the effect of a diagnosis of cancer.
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