Reappraising the Psychosocial Needs of Patients With Uveal Melanoma Invited Commentary Invited Commentary Reappraising the Psychosocial Needs of Patients With Uveal Melanoma Zelia M. Correa, MD, PhD Thoughout medical school and internship, ophthalmologists ness, and yearning appears to be interconnected and associ- are trained to recognize ocular abnormalities, disorders, and ated with suicidal behavior in these patients. diseases and to manage those conditions using available medi- There has been active discussion in other areas of onco- cations and procedures. By and large, most ophthalmologists’ logic care about different psychooncological interventions to patients are systemically address specific needs and demands of patients with cancer healthy and, despite experi- and to sustainably improve their well-being. Studies have encing potentially blinding shown that poor communication skills or deficits in the patient– Related article conditions, do not typically physician relationship can increase or decrease a patient’s level present life-and-death situations. Some clinicians who have of distress. Likewise, trust seems to emerge as a major factor chosen ocular oncology as a subspecialty have to learn (some- influencing worries and fears in patients with cancer. times the hard way) how to navigate the landscape of cancer The article by Williamson et al unveils the tip
JAMA Ophthalmology – American Medical Association
Published: Apr 22, 2018
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