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Beginning November 2, 2020, opening clinical notes to patients with cancer will no longer be a decision left to individual clinicians or institutional preference but rather a requirement, as a result of the 21st Century Cures Act Interoperability and Information Blocking Rule. The rule requires patients to be provided access to all health information in their electronic medical records, including progress notes (aka “open notes”). Cancer patients and their families face serious quality of life and information burdens that may be alleviated through access to notes. Earlier work has shown differences between clinician and patient attitudes after open notes implementation, but there has been no investigation into how oncology clinician views differ from those of their patients. Keep reading.