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“Therapeutic Relationships”—prized but hard to deliver

TessaRichardsby Dr. Tessa Richards, Living with Cancer

 

I hate to think of what I’ve cost the NHS since I was diagnosed with cancer in 2004. This year alone I’d need to factor in 12 outpatient appointments, seven MRI scans, and a course of radiotherapy. And “the worst is yet to come,” as one consultant I saw wryly reminded me. But sufficient unto the day. I’m grateful to be alive and kicking, and having plenty of opportunity to observe how health professionals’ behaviour affects patient well being.

 

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Decision Making Can’t Be Shared if Conversations Aren’t

TessaRichardsby Dr. Tessa Richards, Living with Cancer

 

Being “under the care,” a phrase surely ripe for euthanasia, of cancer specialists is a salutary experience. You learn a lot about the gulf between those who live with disease and those who treat it.

 

As a three operation 12 year survivor of adrenal cancer the news that my cancer had recurred came as a shock but not a surprise.  The endocrinologist was sympathetic. He suggested we ask the surgeon who operated on me ten years ago whether the recurrent tumour was operable.

 

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Social Media in Oncology

MarkLewisby Mark Lewis, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of General Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

 

What a time to be alive! Never in history has so much information been at the fingertips of so many. In the developed world, we are privileged to have near-instant electronic access to the accumulated knowledge of humankind, including up-to-the-minute scientific understanding. Concurrent with this ready availability of data, patients have been encouraged and empowered to advocate for themselves by searching for medical content online that is pertinent to their own conditions. However, it is also true that “Dr. Google” does not supplant the significance and rigor of medical training, so there is real value in enabling dialogue within the healthcare community, both broadly and on an individual scale.

 

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