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To talk or not to talk. That is a C question.

Most cancer patients face the question about when, to whom and what to say regarding their condition. This happens from the very beginning... even before diagnosis has been confirmed. Just receiving the news about the need to have further tests to discard the illness is worrying enough for the affected person to wonder whether she … Continue reading To talk or not to talk. That is a C question.

Children looking after parents… How difficult could it be?

The Old Vic is showing a very emotional play at the moment. “A Monster Calls” is a brief story of a boy, Conor, whose mum is very sick with cancer. He is looking after himself and his mum, he is also bullied at school and isolated from the rest of the world as a consequence … Continue reading Children looking after parents… How difficult could it be?

Listening to the deep and real story behind a problem… and why “technical efficacy” and “following the textbook” may not be enough.

The book by Audrey Young, MD. (2007) “What Patients taught me”, is nicely written and made with love to her medical profession. She finishes the Preface of this book with the following sentences: “I wrote and rewrote. Finally I recognized that the only thing to really make doctoring a human act is time spent with … Continue reading Listening to the deep and real story behind a problem… and why “technical efficacy” and “following the textbook” may not be enough.

What happens after treatment?

The above is one of the main questions that cancer patients and caregivers have when the treatment is progressing satisfactorily. What happens after? Many patients and their carers expect that life will revert to “normality”, this is, going back to where everything was before the cancer diagnosis. Going back to the job and responsibilities. Going … Continue reading What happens after treatment?

Cancer from a caretaker’s viewpoint: not an easy task (1).

The role of a caretaker is quite important in the life of any patient, and particularly for any cancer patient. When a person is faced with the news of cancer, the immediate reaction is the overwhelming feeling that this could be a matter of life and death. The whole life of the individual goes up-side-down. … Continue reading Cancer from a caretaker’s viewpoint: not an easy task (1).