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    hugs or not?

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      ogtxaggiemom

      our family doctor always gives us a hug but then he is very special to us. I think if you reached over and took their hand and maybe put the other one on their shoulder they would then reach for the hug. Our cancer doctor always touches us in one way or another and it makes us feel better.

      over 4 years ago
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      ogtxaggiemom

      Our family doctor always give us a hug. Our oncologist always touches us in one way or another and it makes us feel better. I think if you reached over and took their hands and maybe put your hand on their shoulder if they wanted a hug and they would then feel comfort to get one.

      over 4 years ago
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      Yorkleeann

      Because you are the doctor, I expect you to have the plan.

      Know YOUR limitations. If working with a cancer/patient that you aren't well versed in-refer to someone who is. Do Not Play G-d. Stay humble. Check yourself-ask how you would tell your mom, dad, sister/brother, child, wife/husband good/bad news.

      No Hugs. You are the doctor. Keep it professional. There are other ways to show compassion. My husband (the patient) shakes his oncologist's hand; firmly. The onc smiles and looks him in the eye. Consistently. That's enough for him.

      Unless solid science or the patient determines the fight is over, ALWAYS STAY POSITIVE. When the patient is exhausted, discouraged, sick, weak-he is looking to you to coach him and keep hope going.

      Take care of yourself off the clock. Have a good support system of your own.

      over 3 years ago
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