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Letter of Hope from Cari Low, MD, FACP

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Author: Cari Low, MD, FACP, Supportive Oncology and Survivorship

Supportive Oncology and Survivorship Team

Dear Patients, Families, and Loved Ones,

The phrase, “you have cancer,“ can be the most daunting anyone can hear. It creates uncertainty, fear, and a flood of questions about the future for you and your family. While the journey ahead feels overwhelming, I want to assure you that you are not alone. As part of the Supportive Oncology and Survivorship (SOS) team, we are here to support you every step of the way and help answer each of your questions.

As a palliative medicine doctor, I often encounter misunderstandings about my field. Many are unfamiliar with the term “palliative medicine,” confusing it with hospice care. I am not “the hospice doctor.” Instead, I like to think of myself as the “quality-of-life doctor.” My role is to help you manage the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges through your entire cancer treatment journey.

“Many patients describe their treatment journey as a roller coaster. We are here to help you navigate the ups and downs.”

Our team of doctors, nurses, social workers, and chaplains is focused on helping you live well with your diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. We address symptoms like pain, nausea, depression, and anxiety so that you can focus on the things that bring you joy.

Working closely with your oncologists, we can ease some of the burdens, stress, and worries that come with a cancer diagnosis and its treatments. While they oversee your treatment, we dedicate our time to understanding how your illness and treatment impact your life and loved ones. While there may be difficult decisions to make, we will navigate this journey together with compassion and dignity. Above all, we respect your wishes and are here to ensure you receive care that aligns with what matters most to you. Many patients describe their treatment journey as a roller coaster. We are here to help you navigate the ups and downs.

When patients and families meet with our team, initial misconceptions quickly fall away. Feelings of apprehension are replaced with relief and comfort knowing there is an entire team here to listen, support, and encourage.

I’ve witnessed incredible strength, love, and resilience in patients like you. Your courage is an inspiration, and it is my honor to walk beside you on the path forward.

Cari Low, MD, FACP

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