A Patient's Perception Of Peril Can Cloud Treatment Decisions

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As much as any disease, cancer stokes a deep sense of dread, even doom. Physicians see the fear welling in the eyes of their patients, hear it catching in their voices. The word cancer still carries with it the specter of death and suffering, said Dr. Donna Greenberg, director of psychiatric oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. It's like a monster is coming into your house.

 

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