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[ The Right to The Truth ] 🇬🇷

For families - friends of patients with cancer

  In GREEK  🇬🇷

Original title:

Δικαίωμα στην Αλήθεια


ISBN 978-960-93-8208-3

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  • a. Short Description:
    Provocative book reveals widespread abuse of cancer patients' rights
  • b. Synopsis on blurb:
    Should each and every patient be aware of his / her own true diagnosis of cancer or not? If so, then Who should break the bad news to the patient? HOW? How much of the truth can a patient handle?

    Our country suffers from a festering wound, a contemporary national curse similar to the ancient “Cylonian Affair” curse (or moral taint): Unawareness of the truth by the very person who is directly involved and affected.

    Arguments along with counterexamples are listed, inspired from the thirty-two-year long clinical experience of the author, in favour of the patient’s Right to know:
    icon of a man with cancer
     for Trust,
     for Protection from charlatans and exploitation,
     for understanding that Sacrifices are sometimes required to achieve cure
     for well–founded Hope and
     for Lack of fear of the unknown.

    The book:

     addresses close family members of cancer patients: it is usually theirs, the burden of deciding whether or not to have their relative informed. The book offers them supportive advice.

     also offers Stimuli for thought to every philanthropist who cares for patients suffering from cancer or similar disease: physician, nurse, psychologist, priest, friend They are all urged not to resort to the easy way of facile lies; lying ultimately leads only to tribulations.

     strikes a blow at our national hypocrisy that pretends to ostensibly avoid causing sadness to the patient. It is, however, this very patient whom hypocrisy troubles in an utterly unashamed fashion; countless aspects of these troubles are exposed in order to be banned from clinical practice once and for all.
  • c. Topics discussed / Chapters :
    •  1. When Bad News Breaks
    •  2. Family Members Who Resort to Deception
    •  3. Potentially Evil Intent or “Malice”
    •  4. The Truth, Ultimately, Is Always Revealed
    •  5. “Depression” is one thing. “Sorrow” is another.
    •  6. Informed Consent
    •  7. Compliance and Follow–Up
    •  8. Half–truths, Evasion & Jargon
    •  9. WHO should disclose the Diagnosis
    • 10. HOW to break bad news: 1st session
    • 11. HOW: 2nd & 3rd Sessions
    • 12. HOW: 4th (last) session
    • 13. Medical Documentation, Staging, Treatments
    • 14. A Word of Caution !
    • 15. How much of the truth
    • 16. Opiates – Painkillers and other medication
    • 17. Life expectancy
    • 18. For Physicians και and other health–carers

    Almost every chapter of the book is divided into two sessions:

     clinical counterexample
     continuation of the chapter (arguments etc.)


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Lectures – Events :
  • Lecture on Mar. 30, 2017 during a Psychiatry Conference at ‘The Macedonia Palace hotel’ in Thessaloniki, Greece. “Neoplasms: the human, the disease, the treatment” round table.
  • Lecture on Dec. 17, 2016 during an Oncology Conference at ‘The Macedonia Palace hotel’ in Thessaloniki, Greece. “The psycho–social aspect of cancer” round table.
  • Presentation of the book on Nov. 12, 2016 at the Cancer Patients' Association of Macedonia & Thrace, 96 Agh. Dimitriou Str., Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Lecture on Nov. 05, 2016 during a Medical Conference at ‘The Macedonia Palace hotel’ in Thessaloniki, Greece.
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