Alan B. Astrow Discusses Approaching Spirituality in Oncology

Alan B. Astrow, MD, chief of hematology and medical oncology at New York Methodist Hospital, discusses the importance of approaching spirituality in the oncology setting.

Alan B. Astrow, MD, chief of hematology and medical oncology at New York Methodist Hospital, discusses the importance of approaching spirituality in the oncology setting.

After a cancer diagnosis, Astrow says that many patients, whether or not they are religious, face questions such as, “What will happen to me after death?” These concerns can even influence an individual’s approach to medical care, so it is important that the medical team, including oncologists and nurses, are aware of these thoughts. Also, Astrow says that members of the medical team may also have similar spiritual questions that should be addressed to best treat the patient.