Invaded by Cancer, and the Patient is Me

  • Susan M Smith Wingate University
Keywords: multiple myeloma, cancer, pharmacist perspective, patient role, self-reflection, support group


A cancer diagnosis is life-altering. Each patient situation is unique, including response to the news, approach to available treatment options, and insight into every aspect of life. As a pharmacist, the author shares personal insights into living with a cancer diagnosis, her new role as a patient, her perspective as a pharmacist, processing the reactions of those surrounding her, and what she’s learning about herself through all of this.


Article Type: Commentary


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Received 2019-06-05
Accepted 2019-08-27
Published 2019-09-25