An Oncologist’s New Year’s Resolution
How an oncologist’s experience caring for his mother during lung cancer diagnosis and treatment prompted three resolutions for future interactions with patients.
“It turns out that mothers do not want to be told what to do by their sons.
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Even when they have medical degrees. And specialize in cancer. And are taller than she is.
And sons don’t like to see their mothers sick with cancer. Not surprisingly, it is nearly impossible to separate that emotional reaction from calm, clearheaded guidance to your own mother.”
Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS, learned hard truths during his experience caring for his mother during lung cancer diagnosis and treatment. He shares three resolutions for his interactions with patients in the future in this New York Times column.
Dr. Sekeres is Director of Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center’s Leukemia Program. You can follow him on Twitter @MikkaelSekeres.