A fascinating and insightful article was published in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Dr. Dennis Geynisman under the title “Doctor, where art thou?” The full text of the article is available to all readers.
In this article, Dr. Geynisman writes about the relationship between the medical oncologist and his or her patients, many of whom are going to die from their cancers. He asks questions about the nature of that relationship as the patient moves from active treatment into palliative and then hospice care, and — based on his own experience — the responsibilities of the medical oncologist in helping that patient to “a good end.”
It is important for patients and family members to be able to appreciate and understand that doctors are human beings — with all the flaws that the rest of us accumulate and carry around with us. Sometimes they may make poor judgment calls … or other things just get in the way of doing “the right thing”.
The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink would praise Dr. Geynisman for making such a public statement about something that clearly concerns him deeply about his relationships with at least some of his patients over time … and what he has learned from this. Hopefully he has colleagues in the field of medical oncology who can learn from his insight and experiences too.
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