Cancer Guide program stresses hope
February 19, 2004
Thank you for sharing information in your paper last week about Aspen Valley Hospital’s Cancer Guide program. We would like to contribute some additional information.
The most fundamental, abiding cornerstone of the Cancer Guide program is hope. Medical advances in the last several decades have provided irrefutable evidence that hope is warranted.
Today, many people “beat” their cancer. Others are able to “manage” their cancer in a way that allows them to maintain their quality of life. With so many new and promising treatments on the horizon, many will manage their diseases until a cure becomes available.
The mission of the Cancer Guide program is to help patients evaluate all of their treatment options and empower them to become active participants in their own healing ” holistic healing ” which includes not only the body, but also the mind and spirit. It is imperative that the life-saving value of treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy are not minimized. Recent advances have made both courses of treatment significantly less toxic and more effective than they once were. Fear of these treatments, which can actually save lives, is unwarranted.
Virtually everyone will be touched by cancer at some point in their lives, with their own diagnosis or that of a friend or family member. While the patient’s attitude is of paramount importance, so are the attitudes of their loves ones and even co-workers. The patient must have faith in their doctors, in their treatments and in themselves. Their loves ones must have this same faith and a true sense of compassion.
Cancer Guides are about hope and healing, which comes in many forms. As we struggle to heal the body, we often get the unexpected bonus of some powerfully important emotion and spiritual healing, as well. We believe in the healing power of compassion ” compassion and hope. Let us not forget hope.
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