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Oncology Overdrive

Oct 26, 2020

As a resident, Dan Tran, DDS, experienced the unthinkable – he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. In this episode, Tran shares his story – from diagnosis, to undergoing treatment and finishing residency amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Intro :04
  • About Tran :13
  • The interview 1:59
  • How did you end up in oral and maxillofacial surgery? 2:06
  • How were you diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer? 2:52
  • How did you process your diagnosis? 7:07
  • Was your program supportive? 8:22
  • How did you go through surgery? 11:20
  • When did you start blogging about your experience? 17:10
  • Do you feel this has changed the way you practice as a physician? 20:50
  • Has your work/life balance changed significantly? 22:39
  • How did you balance residency and treatment during COVID-19? 25:49
  • Have you become more vocal about cancer screening or advocacy topics? 29:59
  • Where do you see yourself in the next few years? 33:17
  • What would you want someone to take away from this episode? 35:48
  • How to reach Tran 36:48

Dan Tran, DDS, is a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Disclosures: Jain reports she is a paid freelance writer for Lippincott. Tran reports no relevant financial disclosures.