Pediatric Oncologist Learns About Loss The Hard Way
Source: Physicians News Digest
Pediatric oncology can be one of the most emotionally draining specialties for doctors and health care providers. On one hand, the sight of a child cured of cancer can create an exhilarating high and validation of the job. But on the other hand, losing a child to cancer — even when it’s not your own family — can be devastating. Doctors are supposed to be immune from those emotions. They are supposed to avoid emotional ties to their patients, right? Dr. Abby R. Rosenberg is a pediatric oncologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She had too often seen families experience those highs and lows that go along with their child’s cancer treatment. She had seen entire communities mourn the loss of a neighborhood friend as they “sustain each other, supporting, bolstering, and protecting from within,” she said.
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