Reflections Articles

Our pal Joey

Our pal Joey

A young boy is determined to get the answers to questions about his father's radiation treatments, and the treatment team is happy to oblige.

Mr. B.—or why I became an oncology nurse

Mr. B.—or why I became an oncology nurse

A new nurse welcomed the challenge of providing care and compassion to a difficult patient. The experience shed light on why she chose this career.

A human touch can have lasting effects

A human touch can have lasting effects

Past and present come together when, after 20 years, the wfie of a former patient contacts the author with a special request.

The gift of Sam

The gift of Sam

The author describes taking care of Sam, a young patient with osteogenic sarcoma, as well as the valuable lesson she learned from Sam's mother.

When the patient decides: No more treatment

When the patient decides: No more treatment

Clinicians are all too aware that chemotherapy can be either a friend or a foe. When it does become the enemy, supporting the patient's decision to stop treatment often means saying yes to compassionate care.

Everything happens for a reason....

Everything happens for a reason....

When the author takes a cruise to get away from all things cancer, she winds up sharing a room with a woman who teaches her a great deal about dealing with the disease.

What's a mother to do?

What's a mother to do?

The author remembers a young mother with three children and a grim prognosis who hoped for the sake of her family to make it to Christmas.

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