Cancer is still a very serious diagnosis in spite of the advances in treatment options. Cancer is unique and cannot be compared with other diseases like hypertension or diabetes. While the latter are predictable, the former is individual. An oncologist uses statistics and oncogenetic tests to make treatment decisions and predict outcome. However, these objective tools are based on specific groups of cancer patients with common characteristics. The only tool we have to make life and death decisions for an individual patient is personal experience.
Dr. Schultz is a local doctor with extensive experience in his field. We know how mind and spirit influences well-being. Every doctor should be aware of how important the choice of words are when discussing outcome. In an upcoming conference sponsored by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one event focuses on “Realistic Hope: Finding the Sweet Spot Between False Hope and False Hopelessness." Dr. Schultz tries hard to find this sweet spot.