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Support Care Cancer. 2014 Mar;22(3):859-61. doi: 10.1007/s00520-013-2086-y. Epub 2013 Dec 17.

Handling uncertainty.

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  • 1Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA, LSCHAPIRA@PARTNERS.ORG.

Abstract

Uncertainty is triggered by many events during the experience of illness - from hearing bad news to meeting a new doctor. Oncology professionals need to recognize the intense feelings associated with uncertainty and respond empathically to patients. This article describes opportunities to strengthen the therapeutic connection and minimize uncertainty.

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