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  •  Another workshop I went to recently was with (2+ / 0-)
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    my oncologist. He heads the research department for lung cancer at a local hospital here.

    All of his slides mentioned something about anxiety and stress, as a factor causing cancer or as a side effect of having cancer etc.

    I asked why, if that is so, anti-anxiety meds aren't given out with each diagnosis.

    Someone else answered that there was just a new decision on a slight change in medical model diagnosis. That was that any patient being diagnosed with cancer needs to be referred to someone to assess their mental and emotional status.

    This at least gets us over to the "right brain' folks who  use the "high touch" methods as a matter of course.

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

    by ZenTrainer on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 08:15:19 AM PDT

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    •  Very interesting. Yes, I personally believe (3+ / 0-)
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      stress played a role in my own cancer. (I'm not willing to make a generalization here, or to cite a particular percentage of stress's contribution to my condition.)

      Thing is, what does it mean to have someone "assess" a cancer patient's mental and emotional status? Is there going to be some support provided--free or nearly so--and would that support also be compatible with the patient's own beliefs? It's a good idea but could use some flexibility.

      For the record, I did see a clinical social worker who is part of the oncology team at the hospital for a few months, the first six months or so post dx. She was a nice woman, and generally helpful, but I stopped going to see her for two major reasons. One was that I figured out that the case notes that she was taking about me were part of my medical history with oncology, and I wasn't pleased about that. (They already have enough trouble with being accurate about my medical history.) The other was that after I had the metastases to my lungs, she was ready to start talking with me about end-of-life issues and hospice. No way was I interested in going there. No way. Then and now, I needed to give it my best shot, not fold my tents and give up.

      Some DKos series & groups worth your while: Black Kos, Native American Netroots, KosAbility, Monday Night Cancer Club. If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

      by peregrine kate on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 06:34:35 PM PDT

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