The Doctor and the Cancer Patient: Sources of Physician Stress

  • Donald J. Higby
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 25)


The relationship between doctor and patient is an extremely complex one. The physician who specializes in the care of cancer patients is subject to frequent personal stress arising from this relationship, tensions from different directions which do not usually affect his colleagues in other medical disciplines to nearly the same extent. These stresses arise from the doctor’s personality, his training and life experience in medicine, the conflict between the role of physician and that of clinical investigator, and the inadequacies of the traditional contract (the doctor-patient relationship) in satisfying the needs of both doctor and patient in the circumstance where the patient has cancer.


Cancer Specialist Bronchogenic Carcinoma House Officer Oncology Specialist Autonomy Model 
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