Washington Oncologist and Author Examines the Faith-Health Connection, Hosts Signing in Union Gap

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Dr. Stephen Iacobani, director of Hematology-Oncology at Kennewick General shares lessons in living, dying, and the afterlife at June 11th book signing at Borders in Union Gap, WA

The Undying Soul by Dr. Stephen Iacobani

For so many, it’s not physical pain that makes death so difficult. We can relieve that pretty well with narcotics and other remedies. The problem is spiritual, prompted by the terrible conflict of holding on to contingencies.

On his quest to understand perhaps the greatest of life’s mysteries, Dr. Iacobani, co-medical director of the Kennewick General Hospital Hematology-Oncology program in Kennewick, Washington, took his lessons from the dying.“I knew there was something missing for them and for me,” says Dr. Stephen Iacobani in reference to treating his patients, “that until I could offer answers I would never be the healer I hoped to become.”

Now as a collection of anecdotes, case studies, and reflection Dr. Iacobani shares those inspirational lessons in The Undying Soul (SJI Publishing; ISBN 978-0-983-05380-4; January 2011; $24.95). He will be signing copies at the Borders Books in Union Gap, WA on Saturday June 11th.

In an increasingly secular culture that is too often dismissive toward traditional religion, Dr. Iacoboni found it was equally necessary to address the spiritual as well as medical needs of his critically ill and dying patients. The Undying Soul describes in honest detail Dr. Iacoboni's struggle to reconcile the present-day conflict between ancient faith and modern science. “For so many, it’s not physical pain that makes death so difficult. We can relieve that pretty well with narcotics and other remedies. The problem is spiritual, prompted by the terrible conflict of holding on to contingencies,” says Dr. Iacobani. “In death, one is called to return to wholeness, to God, and in wholeness there can be no contingency. In cancer’s final act, the soul emerges to take center stage.”

Intended to be a primer for those facing the “next great step”, The Undying Soul boldly affirms the spiritual nature of humanity, offering solace to all cancer patients and their caregivers, as well as anyone else led astray by the misguided voice of modern secularism.

Review copies of The Undying Soul are available from Bascom Hill. To get in touch with the author or request additional marketing materials, contact Emily Weiss.

About the author:
Dr. Stephen Iacoboni underwent fellowship training in medical oncology at the prestigious University of Texas MD Anderson Tumor Research Institute in Houston, Tx, 1982-1984. He was presented with the Most Outstanding Research Fellow award for his scientific investigations, and then joined the faculty the following year. He subsequently entered private practice and co-founded the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center in Walla Walla, Washington, where he practiced for 16 years. Thereafter he continued his oncology career as medical director of the Kootenai Cancer Center in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, where he practiced from 2001 through 2010. He now practices in Kennewick, Washington, as the co-medical director of the Kennewick General Hospital Hematology-Oncology program.

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