Cynthia B

Posting since November 15, 2017

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Article Talk: The Many Faces of Cancer Pain
November 30, 2017
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Article Talk: The Many Faces of Cancer Pain
November 30, 2017
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Article Talk: Emotions of Cancer: Shock
November 15, 2017
I found out about my brother's cancer second hand from an insurance agent who met with him the week before. He offered his condolences, assuming that we knew. Shock is the only word to describe the air being sucked out of the room. Not one to discuss his health issues, it was several weeks later that I found out he had brain surgery to remove a tumor, traced back to his lungs, that were already stage 4 metastatic. That was the first shock. The second was the inability to get his pain under control. I lost faith in the medical community's ability to treat the whole patient. Not just the cancer. We never stopped advocating for him, and ...

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Article Talk: Emotions of Cancer: Shock
November 15, 2017
I found out about my brother's cancer second hand from an insurance agent who met with him the week before. He offered his condolences, assuming that we knew. Shock is the only word to describe the air being sucked out of the room. Not one to discuss his health issues, it was several weeks later that I found out he had brain surgery to remove a tumor, traced back to his lungs, that were already stage 4 metastatic. That was the first shock. The second was the inability to get his pain under control. I lost faith in the medical community's ability to treat the whole patient. Not just the cancer. We never stopped advocating for him, and ...

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Article Talk: Emotions of Cancer: Shock
November 15, 2017
I found out about my brother's cancer second hand from an insurance agent who met with him the week before. He offered his condolences, assuming that we knew. Shock is the only word to describe the air being sucked out of the room. Not one to discuss his health issues, it was several weeks later that I found out he had brain surgery to remove a tumor, traced back to his lungs, that were already stage 4 metastatic. That was the first shock. The second was the inability to get his pain under control. I lost faith in the medical community's ability to treat the whole patient. Not just the cancer. We never stopped advocating for him, and ...

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Psychosocial counseling
November 05, 2017
I'm still confused by what constitutes palliative care. I agree that the earlier it starts, the more it can provide. However, psychosocial intervention isn't going to ease the burden when aspects of care such as mobility, pain management and empathy for a terminally ill patient is in short supply. I've come to the conclusion that palliative care is for the living, or those who have potential to survive. It's not for the dying.

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