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How Can You Be a Cancer Doctor? December Cancer Demystified

 “How can you be a cancer doctor?” is a question I have been asked so many times that I have lost count.

Nearly three decades ago, I was drawn to the medical field.  As my training progressed, I was, like every other doctor, exposed to different specialties.  After two full years of rotating through departments such as surgery, medical oncology, rheumatology, dermatology, endocrinology, and just about every “ology” you can dream of, I had to decide which path I would take.

 At first, I was drawn to the field of radiation oncology because of its use of math, physics, and radiobiology, which are the tools used to cure cancer.  However, the cancer patients were who really drew me into the field.  These men and women I met were humbled by their diagnosis.  Beaten down by hearing the words “You have cancer,” they would pass through this devastating news and come out fighting for their lives.  They might “go to the mat” so to speak again and again, but they always got back up and fought again. 

I continue to be honored to be a part of these valiant patients treatment team.  The strength and courage they show has made me a better person and a more empathetic and compassionate doctor today.

So when someone asks me, “How can you be a cancer doctor?” I say fighting for cancer patients is a calling, and I wouldn’t want to do anything else!

From me and my staff at Fort Smith Radiation Oncology, we wish you a safe and healthy holiday season and a Happy New Year.

Posted In: Cancer Demystified by Dr. Kris Gast
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