First Aired: June 28, 2015
Think of all the questions, challenges, decisions and plans that a newly diagnosed cancer patient deals with upon learning they have cancer. Not only is there information overload, but there’s also a whirlwind of emotions – shock, fear, anger, and a general feeling that you’re out of control.
On this program, Dr. Gary Grubb, a physician, licensed clinical social worker and outpatient therapist, talks us through those crucial days after diagnosis and before treatment begins. He provides valuable insight into how to sort through the maze of information and help family members cope. And he shares his perspectives on how the medical community can improve how they respond to the needs of new patients.
– Power couple: Doctor and patient communication – an article in Cure magazine
– Questions to ask the doctor – recommendations by the American Society of Clinical Oncology
– Questions to ask the oncologist about a cancer diagnosis – posted by Caring.com, a resource for caregivers