Common Queries on Cancer Therapy

  • Jacob J. Lokich


The myths and fantasies that surround cancer as a disease also encircle its treatments. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are as mysterious and awesome to patients as the disease itself, and the thought of receiving them often provokes extreme reactions from fear to panic. It is important to educate patients and to coordinate the details of their therapy with their life style and personal needs. This planning can evolve in response to patient inquisitiveness or can be initiated by nurses and physicians who may broach various areas spontaneously during the course of treatment. But the initial preparation is crucial and the health care team must guard against their own assumptions and casual acceptance of the treatment modality and relate the basics of the treatment to each patient in a simple way.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacob J. Lokich
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  1. 1.Sidney Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Medicine, New England Deaconess HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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