“I’ve Never Felt Right After Chemo” The Chronicity of Post-Chemotherapy

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Bryna Siegel Finer


This persuasion brief addresses medical oncologists and their teams (nurses, physician assistants, and the like) who use chemotherapy to treat cancer patients, and asks them to consider the ways that a post-chemotherapy state is itself a chronic condition, how some patients come to understand their bodies as chronically changed by chemotherapy (almost as if having a new or different disease), how patient education materials describing chemotherapy can better equip patients to face their new reality, and why practitioners should be better trained in post-chemotherapy care. 

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