File Under: No Shit, Sherlock1. Many oncologists are ill-equipped to deal with the emotional repercussions of the patient's illness.
2. This just in! having medical insurance gives you better odds of surviving cancer.
Really, what crazy ideas will those researchers come up with next?
Disclaimer: As an academic, I do understand the need for systematic studies that offer hard evidence of what everyone, anecdotally, already knows. So I am not bashing these studies, or inviting debate about the merits of the scientific process. Also, my husband had insurance--good insurance--and in general we found that his doctors were sympathetic, empathetic, realistic, and optimistic in turn, and generally very responsive. In both of those things, we were damn lucky--albeit, of course, not quite lucky enough...
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