'Life After the Diagnosis, Expert Advice on Living Well with Serious Illness for Patient and Caregivers' a conversation with Steven Pantilat & Charles Ryan.
Dr. Steve Pantilat talks to UroToday and Charles Ryan, MD. about his new book, 'Life After the Diagnosis, Expert Advice on Living Well With Serious Illness for Patients and Caregivers.' He frames the conversation for physicians in a twist from the book which includes caregivers and patients too. He and Dr. Ryan talk about the questions that patients have and how clinicians can approach the answers that provide the patients the information that they truly need in a way that guides the patient towards understanding the seriousness of the illness. They discuss that even if there is nothing more you can do to make the disease go away and find a cure, there are ways you can help any patient feel better! He emphatically tells Dr. Ryan there is always something you can do to help! How to say "I wish... when patients ask for something that you cannot provide is tremendously empowering. The conversation and the book convey empathy and compassion in a display of the art of medicine. The book and the conversation provide tools that assist in making decisions that help the patient to live as well as possible for as long as possible. This conversation enriches everyone who engages in it.
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Steven Pantilat, MD, is a physician and distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.