Discussions with Don S. Dizon

Dr. Don Dizon

Don S. Dizon is Professor of Medicine at Brown University, the Director of the Breast and Pelvic Malignancies Program and Hematology-Oncology Outpatient Clinics at Lifespan Cancer Institute, Director of Medical Oncology and the Oncology Sexual Health First Responders Clinic at Rhode Island Hospital.

What Doesn’t Kill You Make You Stronger: A Conversation with Ginny Mason

Don Dizon learns about Ginny Mason's experiences as a breast cancer survivor, patient advocate, and nonprofit leader in this month's blog post.

Reflecting Back, Looking Ahead

In this month's blog post, Don Dizon and his colleague Mary Anne Fenton discuss her career in oncology and how the profession has changed over the past 20 years.

Learning to Do Cancer: Words Matter

In this month's blog, Don Dizon and patient advocate Stacey Tinianov reflect on the power words can have when communicating about cancer with patients. They also discuss how the meaning of words can be fluid and dependent on individual context.

Passion in advocacy: A discussion with Jennifer Merschdorf, MBA

In this month's blog post, Don Dizon discusses advocacy with Young Survival Coalition CEO, Jennifer Merschdorf.

My Twiend, Joe

In this month's blog post, Don Dizon discusses how hope and resilience helped his friend Joseph McCollom to achieve his goal of becoming a palliative care and GI oncologist.


In this month's blog post, Don Dizon and Julie Gralow discuss mentorship and the different paths that oncologists follow in pursuit of their passions.

“Focusing on More Than Just My Own Experience”: Global Cancer Advocacy and Outreach

A cancer diagnosis is often frightening, even devastating. But the journey from diagnosis through treatment can also be transformative. In this month’s blog, Carolyn Taylor shares with Don Dizon her experience with cancer and how it led to a newfound dedication to global cancer advocacy.

Cancer as a Social Disease

In this month's blog post, Don Dizon and Aditya Bardia discuss the bonds that form not only between physicians and their patients but also with their caregivers during the emotional experience of cancer treatment.

For Physicians, Is There Ever a Thing About Being Too Social?

Don Dizon and Charles Blanke discuss how they approach social media, the public, and their patients in this month's blog post.

On Tumor Boards in the Era of Patient Engagement

Tumor Boards can help guide treatment decisions in challenging cases, but should patients be invited to attend? Don Dizon discusses this question in this month's blog post.