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Reclaiming Your Life After Diagnosis by Kim Thiboldeaux, Mitch Golant, Mehmet Oz

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Chapter 3

The Empowered Patient:

The Cancer Support Community Approach

People with cancer who participate in their recovery along with their health care team will improve the quality of their lives and may enhance the possibility of recovery. The “Patient Active”’ concept combines the will of the patient with the skill of the physician—a powerful combination.

CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY’S “PATIENT ACTIVE” CONCEPT

iN 1982, The Wellness Community, founded by Dr. Harold Benjamin, provided an innovative comprehensive program of support based upon what he coined the “Patient Active” concept. The central belief, now supported by over thirty years of research by the Cancer Support Community (CSC) and others, is that people with cancer can adopt a set of ...

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