The Camaraderie of ASCO


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James F. Holland, MD

“Part of being able to sustain oneself in oncology is to have the camaraderie of fellow oncologists.”

—James F. Holland, MD
Oncologists are occupied with an unusual kind of medicine, and, as a result, we are exposed to enormous personal stress and strain, because patients we care for are profoundly sick with potentially fatal diseases. As a group, we deal with the possible mortality of those for whom we are responsible far more than physicians of most other specialties. So, an important part of being able to sustain oneself in oncology is to have the camaraderie of fellow oncologists, kindred souls who have the same experiences, who are facing the same challenges, and who understand. It is not that misery loves company, but rather that there is strength in union. ASCO has served wonderfully for me and for many others to maintain the recognition that we are all in this long and difficult chore together. ■

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