rough end of the pineapple: Australian slang: a bad deal, or a raw deal; the worst part of a bargain
As if a cancer diagnosis isn’t bad enough, we also know that the rigours of treatment are often physically and emotionally scarring, painful, and debilitating.
We also know that with medical advances, more and more people now live with cancer as a chronic illness.
Unfortunately, modern treatments leave many folk with relentless, treatment-induced pain.
In my own work, I’ve seen enough people to know just how difficult and pervasive this type of pain can be.
I’ve also observed that unlike fellow survivors in the USA, Canada and Europe, Australian cancer survivors often struggle with disjointed, poorly diagnosed and poorly managed pain and debility.
I also know that many Australians dealing with cancer are set adrift, unsupported, confused, and unable to receive the benefit of cohesive, clinically sound, complementary therapies of the kind provided at prestigious medical institutions such as MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, and others.
In 2009 as a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology, I attended the annual congress in the USA, shared inspiring and informative conversations with health professionals working in the most prestigious institutions there, and left with a thorough understanding of the many programs of integrative care available in America.
Visit the Society for Integrative Oncology here, and wander through page after page of programs and services available to many Americans.
It really is time Australian Oncologists, Medical Administrators and Health Ministers took a good hard look at what they don’t offer Australians.
Comprehensive, nurturing, supportive, clinically effective, holistic care is still an impossible dream in this country.
We are at least a decade behind other first world countries.
Image: Queen Pineapple Sir William Jackson Hooker 1785-1865
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