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Helen Branswell - November 2014
The Times Colonist shared the story of Dr. Eugene Chang, who underwent treatment for cancer when he was 25. This experience inspired Dr. Chang to go down a different career path, and become Canada’s first trained cancer physiatrist. A physiatrist specializes in rehabilitative medicine, so Dr. Chang helps survivors minimize the toll of cancer.
The article explains the importance of Dr. Chang's work, especially as the number of cancer survivors continues to grow:
"Too often with cancer, people see the disease as a reason to give up on exercise and physical conditioning, Tardif said. Everyone pays the price for it, he added. 'Are we quitting a little too early on the full community reintegration? Are we focusing too much on just fixing the medical problem? But then what? And the better we get in medicine at fixing problems, the more important the ‘then what?’ is,' he said. 'Frankly, I want somebody to save my life. But if I’m going to be miserable for the next 10 years at home, I’m going to have second thoughts about how good that deal was.'"
For the full article, click here.
Original source: www.timescolonist.com