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The Birth Of A New Program

The diagnosis of cancer is possibly one of the first times an individual realizes they are mortal and they might die. They are scared, out of control and need help. One of the first sources from whom they might seek help is the clergy. Because the diagnosis of cancer is not a death sentence, this is an opportunity for the clergy Continue Reading…

Ethics vs Ego

Oncologists have the ability to have a great influence on many lives. They can sit back and play it safe with no exposure or with a little effort, they can cause many patients and their families to be tremendously benefited psychologically and possibly physically. Continue Reading…

When is Enough Enough?

Knowing that cancer is a life threatening illness and there is generally only one chance to successfully treat it, when do you accept the advice being given by your physician and commence treatment? This is an extremely complex question. Some of the factors to be considered: Continue Reading…

A Very Narrow Line

What does a physician tell a newly diagnosed cancer patient? That is a vital question and paramount in the mind of every physician as cancer is diagnosed or treatment or lack thereof is recommended. If the physician is overly pessimistic or in some cases brutally frank without optimism, the life of the patient is ruined and the chances of recovery is eliminated if there is any truth to the belief that the patient’s attitude has a bearing on their recovery. If the physician is overly optimistic, the patient will not be prepared for an adverse outcome and will not put forth the necessary energy to help Continue Reading…

Selecting a Doctor

Do you ever wonder why some oncologists are so bright and cheerful and optimistic with their patients while others are negative, discouraging and sometimes downright frightening. I call these others, “Play it safe doctors”. Their patients very rarely win because the doctor is afraid to take a chance. They want to play a no-lose game! If they are correct, and generally a patient will fulfill the physicians prognosis, they were right. If the patient does get better, Continue Reading…

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