The Cancer Experience: The Doctor, the Patient, the Journey by Roy B. SessionsThe Cancer Experience: The Doctor, the Patient, the Journey by Roy B. Sessions

The Cancer Experience: The Doctor, the Patient, the Journey

byRoy B. SessionsForeword byEdmund D. Pellegrino

Hardcover | April 5, 2012

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Navigating the tumultuous waters of cancer treatment and decision making is difficult for all patients. It is also difficult for doctors and other medical personnel. This books deals with a variety of emotion-related and ethics issues that form much of the basis of the world of cancer related medicine: the responsibilities of the physician relative to truth, full disclosure, patient autonomy, death and dying, physician assisted suicide, and suicide in general among cancer patients.  These and many other matters are discussed using real stories from the author's extensive personal career in working with cancer patients and their families.  This is not a book on treating cancer, but instead is a work that seeks to stimulate a dialog about these issues as well as the spiritual aspects of hope and other factors relating to the plight of cancer patients and their families. Written for health care professionals and cancer victims and their families alike, the core of the book centers around questions of medical ethics, doctor-patient relationships, decision making during cancer treatment (from medical and patient points of view). Given the emotional commitment and energy level required to work with cancer patients in a moral and ethical manner, medical students and residents will ask themselves: do I really want to be a cancer physician?  Can I handle the ups and downs of treating people who may (or may not) be destined to fight and lose the battle against this strong nemesis? How will I answer the tough questions regarding medical approaches to cancer? How will I respond to patients who indicate a desire to commit suicide or request my help in doing so? What can I tell families whose loved one is choosing treatments that will not help and will deteriorate his quality of life? Basing his responses on the Oath of Hippocrates, the author illustrates how adaptable this oath actually is when considering the secular society in which we function.  The Cancer Experience instructs doctors, medical students, and health care workers involved in cancer care on the proper role of medicine, the role of the doctor, and the opportunities for connecting with patients as they help them make decisions regarding treatment and end of life issues. It helps patients understand the issues facing doctors as they assist them, care for them, and try to maintain both close personal relationships but enough emotional and professional distance in order to protect themselves from the stress and strain when medicine fails and patients must face the hardest choices. Here the author promotes a return to traditional medical values that promote closer doctor-patient relationships in an effort to promote trust, civility, and partnership.
Roy B. Sessions, M.D., retired from active practice in 2008 and is currently a Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at The Medical University of South Carolina. During his almost 40 year career he is responsible for over 140 scientific publications, including 3 editions of Cancer Of The Head And Neck: A Multidisciplinary A...
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Title:The Cancer Experience: The Doctor, the Patient, the JourneyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.28 × 6.37 × 0.81 inPublished:April 5, 2012Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442216212

ISBN - 13:9781442216211

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Table of Contents

Author's Note on Terminology Foreword AcknowledgmentsPart I: Intellectual ConsiderationsPrologue 1- Influences on My Development 2- Why the Book? 3- Protecting What's Good through the Educational Process: Capitalizing on the Gene Pool 4- Oncology Is Not for the Emotionally Stingy5- Hope 6- Finding New Purpose after Enduring the Cancer Olympics7- Changing Times, Changing Methods, Unchanging Mission8- Seeking Functionality within a Moral Framework9- A Practical Adaptation of the Original Oath in Search for Modern Relevance10- Death and Dying: Natural and Otherwise11- Suicide: Patient Conceived, Planned, and ConsummatedPart II: Interacting with Cancer Patients and Their Families 12- Informal Physician-Patient Communication13- Patient Confidentiality and Special Patient Circumstances14- Essentials of Communication Skills: Listening, Hearing, Reading Body Language15- Gaining the Patient's Confidence16- The Cancer Specialist as a Teacher of the Patient and Family: The Lead-Up to Treatment17- The Physician as an Educator after Treatment: Using the Cancer as a Tool18- The Journey from the Referring Doctor to the Oncologist: Uncertainty, Anxiety, and Hope along the Way 12519- More on Physician Leadership: Being in Charge20- Influences on Cancer Patients' Attitudes and Receptiveness21- Communication When There Is Still Optimism for Cure22- Communication Once Treatment Failure Is Obvious23- Hospice Care 24- Facing Death and Dying with the PatientEpilogueNotesBibliographyIndexAbout the Author

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From the foreword: This is a book replete with clinical wisdom earned through the author's dedication to the care of some of medicine's most desperately ill patients. It will be of interest and instructional value to medical students, aspiring and practicing oncologists-medical, surgical, radiation-as well as physicians generally. But Sessions intends his book for the general public as well. Importantly, he makes the case that a better understanding of doctors by patients and their families is beneficial for all concerned. The cases Sessions describe will resonate with our own experiences or those of our families and friends. His thoughts extend well beyond the cancer experience to include other serious life-threatening trauma and illness.