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Psychotherapy Casebook

Psychotherapy of a Patient With Terminal Cancer

Dean Schuyler, MD, and Frank Brescia, MD

Published: June 1, 2002

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We began making rounds together exactly 1 yearago, at the Hollings Cancer Center outpatient clinic: 3 hours, 6 to 8 patients, every Thursday morning.The oncologist had said (and I remember it exactly): “I’ dgive my eyeteeth to have a psychiatrist make rounds withme.” Two expatriate New Yorkers, reveling in the beautyand peace inherent in life in Charleston, S.C. Dr. Bresciacame to the Medical University of South Carolina toestablish a Supportive Care Program for cancer patientswhose primary disease was deemed no longer curable.

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