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What you really need to know about Cancer - by Dr. Robert Buckman, Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto, 2008. …

What you really need to know about Cancer - by Dr. Robert Buckman, Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto, 2008.

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  • 1. CANCER IS A WORD NOT A SENTENCE WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CANCER DR ROBERT BUCKMAN Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc .
  • 2. What You Really Need to Know About the Cancers
    • This cannot be happening to me
    Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc
  • 3. What You Really Need to Know About the Cancers
      • Fear often produces a sense of paralysis, with diminished coping strategies
      • Fear of the generalities may inhibit comprehension and coping with the specifics
    Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc
  • 4. What You Really Need to Know About the Cancers
    • Why are we
    • SO
    • afraid of cancer?
    • W hy is the word so dreaded and awful even when the sentence is light?
    Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc
  • 5. What You Really Need to Know About the Cancers
      • ‘ Cancer’ is not one single disease
      • The cancers comprise a group of 200 diseases
      • The 200 different diseases have the same process in common(and often nothing else)
      • There is a wide spectrum of prognosis
      • Understanding palliates paralysis
    Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc
  • 6. What You Really Need to Know About the Cancers
    • Why ‘alien’ invasion
      • If perceived as single disease, that disease is clever and highly unpredictable
      • Primeval fear of something growing inside
    Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc
  • 7. What You Really Need to Know About the Cancers
    • “ It used to be rare....”
      • Cancers account for 25% of all deaths
      • Not talked about before (epidemic of silence-breaking, not disease)
      • Most cancers are not inherited (very few ‘doomed families’)
    Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc
  • 8. What You Really Need to Know About the Cancers
    • Mysteries:
    • Site of metastases
    • Angiogenesis
    • Markers of biological behaviour
    • Effect of removal of primary
    Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc
  • 9. What You Really Need to Know About the Cancers
    • Cancer as metaphor
      • Attitude as a cause
      • Attitude as predictor of survival
      • Part of “blaming the patient’
    Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc
  • 10. What You Really Need to Know About the Cancers
    • “ Why is the treatment so awful?”
      • Cancer cells differ minimally from normal
      • Systemic treatment targets all growing cells
    Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc
  • 11. What You Really Need to Know About the Cancers
    • “ With so many breakthroughs, how come there’s no progress?”
      • Advances in understanding not the same as progress in treatment
      • Collaborative optimism
      • Public relations
    Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc
  • 12. What You Really Need to Know About the Cancers
    • Complementary remedies:
      • Difference between getting better and feeling better
      • “ Not what you do, but how you do it”
    Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc
  • 13. What You Really Need to Know About the Cancers
    • “ the more you understand about something you are afraid of, the easier it is to cope with it ”
    Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc
  • 14. What You Really Need to Know About the Cancers
    • For more information on the books “CANCER IS A WORD NOT A SENTENCE” and “WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CANCER”
    • (Both published by Key Porter books) you can visit :
    • cinemedic.com
    Published by Current Oncology and the Cancer Knowledge Network © 2011 Multimed Inc