A cancer diagnosis is an overwhelming experience for patients. At this phase of the journey, alleviating fear, demonstrating personalized care and presenting options is of the utmost importance.
A recent study published in the Journal of Oncology found that cancer patients have an interest in exploring complementary therapies, in addition to conventional medicine, but would like this information to come from their oncologist.
A whole-person approach to cancer care means getting to know your patient. Asking “what matters” rather than “what’s the matter.” By using tools such as the Personal Health Inventory (PHI (pdf)) you will empower your patient in their journey while also getting to know them better and having a better understanding of who they are and what is important to them.