Lessons from My Patients: Grace within Suffering

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Oncologist Dr. Victor G. Vogel examines intersections of faith, science, healing and hope in new book

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Many treatments are expensive and of minimal benefit, and do not improve the quality of the lives of patients who receive them.

In “Doctor, What if it Were Your Mother?: Hope, Faith and Reason at the End of Life,” Dr. Victor Vogel channels 30 years of clinical research in oncology and his own life experiences dealing with suffering, pain, loss and the deaths of his family, friends and patients during his career of caring for people with cancer and other serious medical illnesses.

“I want to share the challenges I faced personally as my own mother died from acute leukemia while receiving the best possible medical care at one of the world’s finest hospitals,” Dr. Vogel said.

In his book, Dr. Vogel informs dying patients about how they can make rational decisions to ensure they receive the most compassionate and effective care, and encourages them to ask for palliative care when it is appropriate.

Dr. Vogel also exposes the flaws of terminal patient care within the healthcare system and shows clinicians how to address the very important spiritual, non-physical needs of dying patients through utilizing better doctor/patient communication.

“Futile therapy may create a difficult financial situation for both patients and their families,” Dr. Vogel said. “Many treatments are expensive and of minimal benefit, and do not improve the quality of the lives of patients who receive them.”

For more information, visit http://www.victorvogelmd.com.

Doctor, What if it Were Your Mother?: Hope, Faith and Reason at the End of Life
By Dr. Victor Vogel
ISBN: 978-1-4908-5589-9
Available in hardcover, softcover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and WestBow

About the author
Dr. Victor Vogel is a board-certified medical oncologist caring for women with breast cancer. He has previously served as the National Vice President for Research for the American Cancer Society, and was Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has written more than 250 medical articles, book chapters and scientific abstracts. Dr. Vogel is also an ordained Presbyterian elder and a Pittsburgh Theological Seminary board member.

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