Month: October 2018

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ASCO Guidelines to Improve Clinician Communication with Patients

October 30, 2018
Clear and effective communication is a core element of patient-centered oncology care.Oncology is a challenging field with high stakes and vulnerable patients. The treatment regimens used are often highly complex and may be toxic even at therapeutic doses. Oncology care is a multidisciplinary speciality. ...
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Serious illness conversations

October 30, 2018
Dr Margie Venter, a palliative care specialist and oncologist, raised some interesting points about serious illness conversations, particularly the idea that advanced care planning discussions need to be done with everyone. This includes initiating the conversation at diagnosis and not just in the last stages of ...
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Sexuality and cancer

October 30, 2018
Dr Ros Boa of Vincent Palotti Hospital and Groote Schuur Hospital, addressing the topic of “Sexuality and cancer”, said that cancer profoundly impacts sexual well-being on physical, psychological and social levels, and it’s important for patients to be able to discuss sexuality with health professionals. Studies ...