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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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