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The Art of Conversation in Cancer Care

Lessons for Caregivers

Richard P. McQuellon and Michael A. Cowan

  • Explains in accessible language how to comfort and be there for those experiencing cancer and other serious illness
  • Helps develop the quality and skill of empathy in healing conversation in mortal time, maintaining everyday conversation, using platitudes appropriately, understanding healthy denial, and talking about dying
  • Includes practical suggestions for talking to a loved one who has cancer or any life-threatening illness

New to this Edition:

  • Includes new and updated patient vignettes to illustrate the art of conversation in cancer medicine
  • Provides guidance on holding high risk, difficult conversations, such as discussing Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders
  • Reviews recent literature regarding open conversation about mortality

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