Guest Columnist Roy Sessions, MD: The Relationship of Trust to Hope in Cancer Patients

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In my June blog, “The Redefinition of Hope,” I promoted a more flexible characterization of hope among cancer patients by contending that goals less ambitious than actual cure ought to be part of the new vocabulary. Time for closure in life, restating affections, mending friendships, a tranquil death, and other desirables were cited as examples of this new vocabulary. I went on to state that trust between cancer patients and oncologists was essential to the development of hope, whatever its definition. Let’s explore the linkage.

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