Just came to my mind that i should write about this strange feeling i am having from yesterday. One patient i saw yesterday in my clinic for the first time and after discussing treatment plan in detail for about an hour he started asking questions”Is he going to die”?I keep saying no that he will be fine but the man was not ready to believe me. I asked him to meet me next week and now i am thinking how to convince him . Because to believe is very important. Why ? I will tell you why. Truth is, doctors are not gods and nobody knows and nobody can say whether cancer patient is going to die or disease will come back. Oncologist’s job is to provide best treatment available.
First thing what i always say is that victory over cancer is a decision, not a happening. You do not have to be victorious for the tumor to go away. I have seen patients who had surgery or chemo and are cured can’t sleep. Why? Because they don’t know when it’s coming back and keep thinking a lot. So they’re tumor free, but not free of cancer. But i have seen few patients saying that cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me. Because earlier they used to take everything for granted and now they realise how beautiful the life is.
What i think it is important to have victory over cancer in mind then everything follows. If somebody decides to die it is very difficult to bring him back.
Some times i think, should we give cancer patients false hope or should we tell the truth. Are we the Oasis of hope or god is? If false hope is telling, you are going to live. What is true hope…you are dead?
There is hope or no hope.
I am confused
Please write comments. What do you think?
Under the wing of an angel, you feel protected
Through prayers to God, you feel connected
Peace is said to be offered on the wings of a dove
Prayers can bring peace along with hope, faith, and love
Wings of a jet plane provide steady flight
I pray you remain steady and strong through this fight
Butterflies have wings to fly playfully free
And free from this monster is what I pray you’ll soon be
Birds spread their wings as they may leave their nest
We’re spreading our prayers that you’ll always be Blessed.
Go fight and win this battle you didn’t start
On the wings of an angel and prayers from my heart
Dr Abbas Waseem
Cancer care specialist