The Loss of My Friend

Jasmine Kamboj, MD,
Published: Saturday, Dec 02, 2017
Jasmine Kamboj,
MD

Jasmine Kamboj, MD
“Emperor of all Maladies” they call you.

But also for the ones who behold them.

The Specialty

Every medical specialty is a unique subject, and oncology is no exception. Despite the vastness and depth that it entails, it resorts to some of the most universal laws of “being human.”

When an oncologist starts caring for a patient, besides applying the guidelines to the case scenario, one cannot disregard the variables that accompany an individual as a virtue of their being. The oncologist and his or her patient are about to undertake a journey that is exclusive to only that one case.

The Bond With the Patient

Most cancer treatments span from a few months to a lifetime, based on the stage of the disease. Beyond the physical stress and strain on the patient’s body, this long haul is besieged by overwhelming emotions. Anxiety, apprehension, fright, anger, and depression are just a few of the many feelings that come to haunt the patients and their families. And thus, while oncologists take care of the physicality of the disease, they become a friend and confidante of their patients and families— and sometimes even, in a sense, a family member as well.
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