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How do you deal with family members who become hysterical when hearing the pt's diagnosis of malignancy?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Education

That is a difficult question.
Often cancer diagnoses brings out underlying family relationship problems or issues. In some cases education about the diagnosis, stage, prognosis, and treatment of the cancer can help. In other cases, logic is useless. Counselors trained in dealing with patients and families with cancer may be very useful in this situation to help.

In brief: Education

That is a difficult question.
Often cancer diagnoses brings out underlying family relationship problems or issues. In some cases education about the diagnosis, stage, prognosis, and treatment of the cancer can help. In other cases, logic is useless. Counselors trained in dealing with patients and families with cancer may be very useful in this situation to help.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Dr. Michael Thompson
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2 comments
Dr. Barry Rosen
I couldn't agree more with Dr. Thompson's advice and observations. Thankfully, that is BY FAR the exception to the rule.
Dr. Michael Thompson
True. Some patients and familes "melt down" and bring out more psychopathology, but -- perhaps surprisingly -- most patients (and families) seem to prioritize their lives and see what is important too them. Seeing that is one of the great parts about being an oncologist.
Dr. Helmy Guirgis
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Be still,comtemplate

Cancer is not an end but a beginning of .
Life goes on. Accept it yourself. Counsel the family as well the patient by being an example. No one will live for ever. It is a matter of time before we all meet the creator. Enjoy every day while alive, regardless of the time it is not the quantity of time that we have, it is the quality and the legacy, reputation and aroma we leave behind.

In brief: Be still,comtemplate

Cancer is not an end but a beginning of .
Life goes on. Accept it yourself. Counsel the family as well the patient by being an example. No one will live for ever. It is a matter of time before we all meet the creator. Enjoy every day while alive, regardless of the time it is not the quantity of time that we have, it is the quality and the legacy, reputation and aroma we leave behind.
Dr. Helmy Guirgis
Dr. Helmy Guirgis
Thank
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