[ The Right to The Truth ]
a. Short Description:Provocative book reveals widespread abuse of cancer patients' rights
b. Synopsis on blurb:Should each and every patient be aware of his / her own true diagnosis of cancer or not? If so, then Who should break the bad news to the patient? HOW? How much of the truth can a patient handle?
Our country suffers from a festering wound, a contemporary national curse similar to the ancient “Cylonian Affair” curse (or moral taint): Unawareness of the truth by the very person who is directly involved and affected.
Arguments along with counterexamples are listed, inspired from the thirty-two-year long clinical experience of the author, in favour of the patient’s Right to know:► for Trust,
► for Protection from charlatans and exploitation,
► for understanding that Sacrifices are sometimes required to achieve cure
► for well–founded Hope and
► for Lack of fear of the unknown.
► addresses close family members of cancer patients: it is usually theirs, the burden of deciding whether or not to have their relative informed. The book offers them supportive advice.
► also offers Stimuli for thought to every philanthropist who cares for patients suffering from cancer or similar disease: physician, nurse, psychologist, priest, friend… They are all urged not to resort to the easy way of facile lies; lying ultimately leads only to tribulations.
► strikes a blow at our national hypocrisy that pretends to ostensibly “avoid causing sadness to the patient.” It is, however, this very patient whom hypocrisy troubles in an utterly unashamed fashion; countless aspects of these troubles are exposed in order to be banned from clinical practice once and for all.Read More...
c. Topics discussed / Chapters :
- 1. When Bad News Breaks
- 2. Family Members Who Resort to Deception
- 3. Potentially Evil Intent or “Malice”
- 4. The Truth, Ultimately, Is Always Revealed
- 5. “Depression” is one thing. “Sorrow” is another.
- 6. Informed Consent
- 7. Compliance and Follow–Up
- 8. Half–truths, Evasion & Jargon
- 9. WHO should disclose the Diagnosis
- 10. HOW to break bad news: 1st session
- 11. HOW: 2nd & 3rd Sessions
- 12. HOW: 4th (last) session
- 13. Medical Documentation, Staging, Treatments
- 14. A Word of Caution !
- 15. How much of the truth
- 16. Opiates – Painkillers and other medication
- 17. Life expectancy
- 18. For Physicians και and other health–carers
Almost every chapter of the book is divided into two sessions:
► clinical counterexample
► continuation of the chapter (arguments etc.)more...
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Lectures – Events :
- Lecture on Mar. 30, 2017 during a Psychiatric Conference at ‘The Met hotel’ in Thessaloniki, Greece. “Neoplasms: the human, the disease, the treatment” round table.
- Lecture on Dec. 17, 2016 during an Oncology Conference at ‘The Macedonia Palace hotel’ in Thessaloniki, Greece. “The psycho–social aspect of cancer” round table.
- Presentation of the book on Nov. 12, 2016 at the Cancer Patients' Association of Macedonia & Thrace, 96 Agh. Dimitriou Str., Thessaloniki, Greece.
- Lecture on Nov. 05, 2016 during a Medical Conference at ‘The Macedonia Palace hotel’ in Thessaloniki, Greece.
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