In disclosing difficult fertility-related news to patients, authenticity and empathy are critical, says Elliott Richards, MD.
Pediatric oncologist Seth Rotz, MD, says that when he has difficult news to share with a patient and their family, “I feel obliged to tell them as soon as it’s safe to tell them.”
Ethical considerations attend decisions about disclosing a likely dementia diagnosis. They begin with patient autonomy – a core value of medicine.
Oncologists often have to deliver bad news to their patients, but repetition doesn’t make the task any easier. Relaying complex information about test results, treatment plans, risks and survival chances is challenging, writes Cleveland Clinic oncologist Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS — especially with patients who have comprehension difficulties.
Cleveland Clinic’s Palliative & Supportive Oncology uses a protocol to help address patient’s emotions when communicating a difficult diagnosis.
Nuance plays a major role for a physiatrist conducting difficult conversations with patients who have mobility issues.
Palliative medicine specialist Laura Shoemaker, DO, believes that it’s key for physicians to begin a difficult conversation by finding out what the patient knows about their condition. “Ask what they’ve been told and what their understanding of that is. Find out what’s most important to them.”
Cleveland Clinic is launching the Quantum Innovation Catalyzer Program, a chance for start-up companies in healthcare technology and life sciences to gain experience with quantum computing and apply it to their research and development work under expert guidance.
Psychiatrists say fentanyl test strips can be powerful tool for slowing the scourge of overdoses attributed to tainted street drugs.
Collaborative effort leads to discussion and consensus around early management of rare pediatric cancer. Pediatric hematologist/oncologist Matteo Trucco, MD, shares his perspective.