By Andrew Clark, Lesley Fallowfield
For plenty of girls breast melanoma is without doubt one of the so much distressing of all illnesses. Breast melanoma examines the results of the disorder via all levels of prognosis and remedy. Making vast use of verbatim money owed by way of ladies in their stories, it intersperses those with appropriate findings and theories from fresh medical examine. The book's emphasis at the psychosocial influence of the disorder and its remedy may also help all those that deal with breast melanoma sufferers to appreciate the misery concerned and the technique of assuaging it.
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Despite this pessimistic view of the likely mortality figures, over two-thirds of the sample questioned thought cancer curable to a certain extent, although only 44 per cent had ever heard of anyone being cured of their disease. In a later study, almost three-quarters of those questioned thought cancer curable, and more than half knew of an individual who had survived cancer (Knopf 1974). Both of these studies were conducted on women living in the UK, but data from the American Cancer Society survey in 1973, which explored beliefs about breast cancer in over 1,000 women, revealed similar misconceptions, including an exaggerated estimate of the prevalence of the disease, with over half the sample thinking that it affected at least one in ten women.
Neither should we tolerate any system which permits someone to be told such news with such a lack of human compassion. A hand to hold and a shoulder to cry on seem rather basic and obvious requirements for someone who had just received a diagnosis of breast cancer. Fortunately, not all breast cancer surgeons behave in such a crass manner, as the following account shows. I can’t speak highly enough of Mr C. He was very gentle and kind and didn’t hurry me even though it was a busy clinic with lots waiting.
Below is a passage from an article written by a woman with gyneacological cancer. We are all easily intimidated by a system that discourages communication, sensitivity and mutual respect. When patients are nervous to start with, a system that requires them to be stripped and lined up in examination rooms only makes matters worse. A few of the doctors I have met had sufficient empathy and interpersonal skills to overcome the communication barriers inherent in such a set up. When the doctor’s manner is brusque or hurried and information given reluctantly, patients can become completely demoralised.
Breast Cancer (The Experience of Illness Series) by Andrew Clark, Lesley Fallowfield