Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
On a recent post, I highlighted a new study that looks at psychosocial support and improved survival after cancer. This is news that can be put to good use. But we also need to be alert to the dangers.
Yesterday, November 13th, a cancer listserv was discussing the role of supplements in post-treatment wellness. While posting a comment, I was about to type that I am a long-term survivor when I realized something:
We - you and I - still haven't answered the question: Do placebos have a place in the care of Healthy Survivors? Is it okay if your physicians knowingly prescribe a sugar pill to help you feel better and/or get better, telling you they are prescribing a drug that can help fix your problem?