Gynecological cancers: an alternative approach to healing

Grief and hope are two conflicting emotions that a patient recently diagnosed with cancer has to master. The real challenge for gynecologic oncologists is how to reach out. Conventional wisdom states that offering patients focus and belief when combating cancer in their lives allows them to embrace hope with greater confidence, which minimizes their grief. Three pictorial models are presented: ‘4-cusp approach’ model used at the initial consultation; ‘tapestry of bereavement or landscape of grief’ model at the postsurgery consultation; and ‘Venn-diagram’ model at any time during patient management. We have applied these models in our practice and believe that they can act as a fulcrum for the patient, the family and healthcare team around which therapy should be centered.

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