Radiotherapy: Braving a Medical Career Post-Cancer
Ben Bravery’s bowel cancer diagnosis many years ago triggered him to quit his job as a zoologist and commence medical studies. As he explains to Radiotherapy, once he began working as a new doctor, he realised that the way the health system is set up means that both patients and doctors are hurting, for very different reasons.
Dr. Bravery says that trying to connect with patients as human beings experiencing illness is perhaps the hardest part of a doctor’s job, because they are predominantly trained in medicine, not in how to have difficult conversations with patients. When seeing his patients, Dr. Bravery says that he takes the approach of thinking, “This is a big day for the people I’m about to see,” and he says that doctors need to think about patients this way so that they carry out their work in a way that is humanising for patients, rather than purely medical. Dr. Bravery’s book The Patient Doctor is out now via Hachette.
Listen to the interview below.
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