Treating the whole patient should always be our focus as physicians. Unfortunately for many women facing cancer, quality of life issues are often ignored. Check out this great article by a young cancer survivor on how she has coped with the often unspoken side effects of cancer treatments- including early menopause and sexual dysfunction. I hope to address these overlooked issues in my practice with my patients.
A post from Life Interrupted in the NYT
Thanks to the recommendation of my good friend, I just read this excellent article on Breast Cancer in the NY Times. Written from the perspective of a fellow survivor, it raises thought provoking questions about our society's approach to screening, treatment and research. Unfortunately, it doesn't provide any easy answers and leaves the reader unsettled and a bit confused. But that is OK, because there are not easy answers when it come to breast cancer. And patients are not statistics or numbers in a public health study.Most striking was the discussion on metastatic disease and the fact that not every one is a "survivor", and our mothers and sisters who are struggling with metastatic disease are the often hidden by the "pink" movement. The "pink washing" and over-commercialization of breast cancer for profit by corporations add to the confusion. Bottom line is that women must be their own health care advocates and they must be able to think critically about their health care options. You cannot stand on the sideline and be passive. If something doesn't sit right with you- question it. The same goes for your body. If it doesn't feel right, act. If you are not getting answers , keep asking. Find a doctor who will listen and partner with you. Check out the article here:
Our Feel Good War on Breast Cancer