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How Would You Like to be Told that You Have Cancer?
I would like to start a followup conversation on a thread that I began September 25, 2005 titled "Telling 'Bad News': But There is More to Tell" The question is how can a doctor tell a patient that he or she has cancer without the patient "freaking out" at that moment and not being able to be educated by the doctor about the nature of the cancer, the various approaches to treatment and the outcomes. What suggestions would you give regarding how the doctor can meet the emotional needs of such a patient as well as to provide necessary education that will be needed for future decision-making? How would you like to be told that you have cancer? If this has happened to you in the past, it would be worthy for me and other physicians to listen to your story about how you were told and how you dealt with the information and education... and, of course, your suggestions. ..Maurice.
Graphic: Painting John the Baptist by Guido Reni (1575-1642)