Monthly Archives: March 2013

The fine balance between hope and cope in cancer patients

“We all balance, hope and cope.  We must use denial of the bad things that can happen, just to get through our normal daily lives, let alone deal with disease.  Hopes and dreams are important to our emotional health and … Continue reading

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Why doctors don’t attend their patients’ funerals

“I am not the first to point out that physicians have distinctive ways of contending with mortality. In an article posted on the website Zocalo Public Square in 2011, Dr. Ken Murray—a California family physician—shared some observations and anecdotes about the modes … Continue reading

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End-of-life plans benefit patients and families

Lead researcher Dr Susan Lee, from the Palliative Care Research Team at Monash University, said most patients involved in the study did not discuss plans for end-of-life care until the last 24 hours, affecting their quality of care at the … Continue reading

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” When most people think about palliative care, it is usually in association with the comfort care given to patients in hospice, at the end of life. That is true, but palliative care is also used to help patients as … Continue reading

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Do You Have a Duty to Perform CPR?

An 87-year-old woman drops to the floor. An ambulance is called but no one performs CPR while they wait for it. She dies. Is it a crime? A tragedy? Did she have a civil right to receive CPR? Did onlookers have a moral obligation to give it … Continue reading

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Faith and spirituality may play a big role in staying healthy

Today, at 56, Hess is cancer-free and a very grateful “walking miracle.” Hess, who with his wife, Sheri, has three children, often shares his experience with his congregation at Christ Community Church in Lower Allen Twp. and has authored a book … Continue reading

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The doctor as poet can heal body and spirit

When poetry and medicine entwine, even the sick and dying discover the beauty of the “finite life,” an award-winning poet’s research showed. Metaphors may seem out of place in the jargon-filled medical profession, but Palanca awardee Marjorie Evasco said romanticizing a disease or comparing … Continue reading

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