Can We Change the Course of Cancer By Treating Our Patients With Love?

July 23, 2014 4:27 PM

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Can We Change the Course of Cancer By Treating Our Patients With Love?

I recently had a heart expanding moment. In that moment, I felt a deep and wide sensation of energy radiating from the center of my chest. I would call this a "vertical moment" one that feels powerful in its quantum nature. Its memory has lingered and inspired me to reflect on the power that love can have on the course of an illness. As a physician, it made me wonder, "What if we engaged our love when we delivered a diagnosis? What if we offered hope rather than fear? What if we loved our patients more? What if we engaged wonder and mystery rather than statistical predictions?"

We were at a small café in Madison, WI, for Saturday breakfast. The middle-aged couple at the table next to us was leaving as we arrived. The wife clearly had cancer. She had a makeshift turban over her bald head and her skin looked pale and flat, like the skin of many patients undergoing chemothera...

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