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JCO's Cancer Stories: The Art of Oncology podcast series consists of author interviews and readings of the section’s content. This platform provides authors with the opportunity to comment on their work, offers better accessibility for readers, and stimulates moreconversations. Art of Oncology publishes personal essays, reflections, and opinions in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, giving our readers a chance to reflect on important aspects of practice and help shape our professional discourse. We hope you enjoy listening to these thought-provoking stories.


Dr. Lidia Schapira

Cancer Stories is hosted by Dr. Lidia Schapira, MD, FASCO.

Dr. Schapira is the Associate editor for JCO’s Art of Oncology. She is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine where she serves as the Director of the Cancer Survivorship Program. 

All guests on ASCO podcasts agree to provide evidence-based information to our listeners. Guests agree to provide objective commentary free from commercial bias, and they agree to respect patient privacy. Conflict of Interest disclosures in connection with the content of the podcast will be provided with each episode.


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The purpose of this podcast is to educate and to inform. This is not a substitute for professional medical care and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or treatment of individual conditions. Guests on this podcast express their own opinions, experience, and conclusions. Guests' statements on the podcast do not express the opinions of ASCO. The mention of any product, service, organization, activity, or therapy should not be construed as an ASCO endorsement.

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May 31, 2022

"A Soft Spot," by Rebecca Snyder: A surgical oncologist discusses the hidden emotional toll experienced by patients with cancer.



Narrator: ‘A Soft Spot’, by Rebecca A. Snyder, MD, MPH.

I remember a day as a child when my father, a vascular surgeon, came home and immediately retreated to his bedroom. He...

May 24, 2022

"Warm Companion," by Meaghann Weaver: a palliative care doctor shares her story of a gun-shy dog and a daring rescue.



Narrator: 'Warm Companion' by Meaghann S. Weaver, MD, MPH, Ph.D.

We were introduced at the front desk of a small town diner. By the time we reached the parking lot, we had committed...

May 20, 2022

"Dose-Painting," by Shivani Sud: a resident creates visual narratives within two patients’ dose clouds.



Narrator: 'Dose Painting' by Shivani Sud, MD. (10.1200/JCO.21.01524)

When asked to describe radiation oncology, my first recollection is watching chart rounds as a medical student. Sitting along...

May 10, 2022

“A Note of Gratitude” by Austin J. Price: A senior resident honors his grandmother and expresses gratitude to a doctor who had a long lasting influence on him and his family.



Narrator: “A Note of Gratitude” by Austin J. Price, MD-MPH (10.1200/JCO.21.01781)

Mary Ann Richards-Elbrader was many things....