Oncology: Using medical illustrations to talk about a sensitive subject

Oncology: Using medical illustrations to talk about a sensitive subject

It isn’t easy to be a physician. Besides being constantly updated about new procedures and technology, you need to have great communication skills. If your patients understand well the procedure and trust you, the treatment is more likely to be successful. Oncologists need to know how to talk with their patients, to explain the diagnostics, surgical procedures or differents treatments. Sometimes it isn’t easy to explain why choose surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy or targeted therapy. But, at the same time, an oncologist needs to give supportive care and work with other specialists to promote mental well-being of the patients.

The power of a good communication between patients and doctors

An incomplete or careless explanation of a diagnostic can increase the cancer stigma, and this is not helpful to patients. According to the European school of oncology, “stigma breeds silence, which fuels the fear and ignorance that feeds the stigma. Breaking this vicious circle makes life easier for people with cancer. Can also change public attitudes towards prevention and early detection.”

“Stigma also plays a toxic role at a wider social level, helping make cancer and cancer patients invisible, stifling informed public discussion and perpetuating a cycle of fear and misinformation that blocks attempts to raise awareness about avoidable cancer risks and the importance of early detection.”

Use an accurate and simple medical illustration can make the patients more confident in a respectful way

Photographs and textbooks about cancer and tumors can be bring more fear to people, patients and their families. Because of that, an accurate medical illustration is a powerful tool to communicate better. Illustrations are more friendly, easier to understand and attenuate the impact of a real photography.

We provide thousands of medical illustrations, many of them of oncology. You can see some examples below. All these illustrations are available on Mind the Graph, so you can create presentations, infographics, posters and anything you want to give your classes and talk with patients.

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