SEATTLE, Oct. 18, 2007 -- When we're about to ask the boss for a raise, or our kids to clean up their rooms, most of us tend to go out of our way to get the wording just right to ensure a positive outcome. Unfortunately, not everyone is so thoughtful when speaking to people in the midst of a life-threatening illness.
In light of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, John Wynn, M.D., medical director for the Department of PsychoOncology at the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI), was interviewed for an article that appeared on the front page of today's MSNBC.com's health section about clumsy remarks that come along with breast cancer. For this piece, Dr. Wynn confirmed that breast-cancer patients -- and all cancer patients -- often get an earful of unsolicited advice from well-intentioned people. However, he points out that what they most often prefer is a specific offer to lend a helping hand or open ear.
To read this article on the MSNBC.com Web site, click here.
For more information about SCI's array of counseling and support services including its PsychoOncology program and various support groups, click here.
And for more information about the Swedish Cancer Institute, click here.