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Oncology Patients! Tell Us What Was Missing in Your Cancer Care!!

04 Jan
Well, it’s a new year!  Very soon we’ll have a new administration, some fresh ideas and – I’m thinking and hoping - some effective new policy.  And not a moment too soon!  No question, it’s time to repair of our weary, broken systems here in the U.S.  Most people are feeling pretty hopeful about this, in spite of the fact that they’re reeling from all the financial and ethical chaos that’s been going on.  So, here’s to a better future!  I’m counting on it!

In the meantime, all of you who’ve recently had dealings in cancer care, for yourselves or a relative, I have a request:

 

 

  • Could you tell me what you would have liked to be different? 
  • What was missing and what was there that shouldn’t have been?
  • And what integrative modalities (what we used to call CAM – complementary and alternative medicine) did you get?
  • What did you appreciate most??
  • What could you have used that you didn’t get? 

Some programs have everything: guided imagery, meditation, massage therapy, yoga, qigong, nutritional and herbal coaching, acupuncture… and others have zilch.  The range is kind of mind-boggling.

At the end of the month, I’ll be participating in a forum that will advise what content belongs in a nation-wide training curriculum for oncology docs and health care professionals, and if I could have your input, that would be great - far preferable to just what I think.  So please opine away!!!  Tell me what’s needed
in cancer care.  It will be well used, I promise.

All best,

 

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award