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How long do I have? The question of prognosis has no simple answer

September 1, 2012

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by James C. Salwitz, MD on August 28th, 2012 in Physician “The question” comes in several forms: “Doc, what stage is my cancer?” “What is my prognosis?” “Can it be cured?” “Am I going to die?” “Have long have I got?” These tough honest words require courage. “The question” superficially asks for a simple answer. […]

Beware the Nocebo Effect

August 11, 2012

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As caregivers, both professional and family, it is important that we communicate properly with our patients.  This is opinion for the NY Times provides much food for thought. EVERYONE knows that a placebo — a fake medication or sham procedure, typically used as a control in a medical trial — can nonetheless have a positive effect, relieving […]