Dr David Joske’s Opinion on Cancer Care and Bringing Humanity to Healthcare

“Hippocrates said -Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always – Our challenge is to find new ways to reconnect, to build communities and show we care”

As a Cancer nerd, head of Hematology at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Dr.David Joske says he is very passionate about Cancer care. In his long years of experience he observes that even though modern medicine has come a long way, patients are still not treated in a humane manner. He has dedicated his medical profession to make appropriate changes.  In contrast to what people think, that he might be stressed with his job, he considers it his privilege because he feels he wants to make a difference.

He reveals shocking statistics about the rate at which Cancer is increasing. He mentions that terminally ill patients should be open-minded and feel empowered to face their illness with the help of the people around them.

“We have done some in house research that suggests Improved quality of life and reduction in pain and fatigue as well. There is no proof yet but we can say that we have had no medical   misadventure over this time.”

He also brings up complementary and alternative therapies that can be used and suggests keeping an open mind about alternate medicine. Not predicting a cure but based on clinical dialogues, literature and evidence Dr.Joske feels that a need is being met .

On spending quality time with his patients he shares a few things that he learned from his  patients that are important –  Communication, Hope, Need for a plan during and after treatment, keeping an open mind, being a just a few .He says that it’s is very important do some things for a Cancer patient. He lists out some simple steps on how anyone can help.

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