Cancer 'Coaches' Sway Treatment Choices
“People are usually too free about giving advice”
The advice made her head spin: Have the lump removed. No, let them take the whole breast. Chemo? Radiation? Everyone seemed to have an opinion.
'I just shut everyone down around me,' said Bernie Brann, a newly diagnosed cancer patient from upstate New York. 'You're just so overwhelmed with information.'
Bad advice, or just too much of it, can compound the trauma and damage done by the disease itself, cancer patients often find. Friends and relatives are important for support, but when these untrained people act as cancer coaches, they can sway people to make poor decisions about their care. Read more
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#1 Feb 17, 2008
Friends and family should just SUPPORT, not give advice. Her treatment plan is between her and her doctors.
#2 Feb 20, 2008
This is an important article bringing to light the complexities of finding the right support and information for the individual. Cancer patients and families have many choices and decisions. There are many well-qualified and trained people (many who are also cancer survivors) who can provide professional support and guidance without overwhelming, alarming or imposing opinions on the patient. But we cannot discount the importance of family and friends. It is a fine line. A professional coach can help you on you own terms and help you navigate the information and support you are receiving from friends and family. It is important to surround yourself with those who can help you through the process.
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#3 Feb 24, 2008
Gracious, imagine what happens when the newly diagnosed goes home, or back to work. The variables are incredible; they may be tell others about the errors in their screening exams!
Now, how to control these people? The ACS isn't doing it, the AMA can't, and so far, cancer's still around us. The best docs are still the most outspoken, pro-active ones - watch for them.
And, just maybe we don't need to fret about controlling people, but put our energy into prevetive medicine.
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