Why Oncology is An Intimate Field – Op-(m)ed

This is such a special field to be in. Patients let you into the most intimate aspects of their lives, and often I have the privilege to help them through very difficult times. Advances in the field have led to our ability to cure patients, or help patients achieve a long term remission, who previously had no hope. I am also able to help navigate the transition into hospice and discuss end of life care for those who are not able to receive treatment, or do not wish to pursue therapy. It is a unique subspeciality because it allows for the development of the doctor-patient relationships and in most cases, requires continuity of care. The science has always fascinated me, but the patients and my ability to develop long term relationships with them and their families, is the main reason I chose this field. I am fortunate that I have found a career that enables me to pursue a field I am passionate about while helping people. It also allows me to incorporate my passions for public speaking, education and writing.

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About Shikha Jain, MD FACP

I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.

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