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

September 1, 2012


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


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 […]