• By Jen O'Hara

The role of kindness in cancer care

June 13, 2019
two kind people tenderly and gently suppoting each other by holding hands

Cancer is a disease that affects nearly everyone. An estimated 1.7 million new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2018 and more than 600,000 people died from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. A cancer diagnosis brings with it emotions for the patient, as well as the family and caregivers. Feelings of depression, anxiety and fear are common, presenting a challenge for the care team. "Cancer is a life-changing experience, it may not be life ending, but it's always life-changing. And it impacts the family, not just the patient," says Dr. Leonard Berry, a health care delivery expert and author of "Management Lessons From Mayo Clinic."

On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Berry will share his thoughts on the role of kindness in cancer care. Also on the program, Dr. Sanj Kakar, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Kenton Kaufman, director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, will discuss their research on preventing wrist injuries in tennis players. And Vic Nole Jr., executive director of the Life Sciences Incubator at Mayo Clinic's Florida campus, will explain how the incubator helps advance new ideas and products from the research lab through product development and into the clinic.  

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