By CHELSEA HILL
DECATUR, Ga. — Doctors and other cancer specialists speak about how cancer can not only have an effect on the patients, but also the on the physicians themselves. This can have a whole different effect on how people think about cancer. When you think about cancer, have you thought about the impact it can have on the doctors who treat them.
Difference between Chemo and Radiation Therapy
Dr. Tasha Balfour-Williams has worked with cancer patients for more than 20 years. Balfour-Williams works with patients through radiation therapy, which is when a specialist uses a machine, a linear accelerator, that directs high levels of X-rays at specific cancer cells in a patient’s body.
Radiation therapy is different from chemotherapy, which is when chemo is directed into the veins of the patient from the head to the toes and can have a more harmful effect on the patient’s body. Balfour-Williams has worked with patients from the age range of 22 years old to 90 years old, and her mental stability has changed over the years she has been treating these patients.
What can change
“When I first started off in my field, I was always making sure that I did my best and that I was aggressive with the treatments because you want them to do well,” Balfour-Williams said.
Balfour-Williams said, when she was a child, she would always pray for the cure for cancer.
“If I could change something with my job, of course it would to help eradicate cancer all together,” Balfour-Williams said.
What Can Help
“Everyone is not in it because they truly want to be here,” McNeill said. “Some people are in it just for a job, and I would get rid of those people that are in it just for a job.”
McNeill goes on to say sometimes physicians and specialists need to take time out to breathe. McNeill states that the way that she would relax is by doing absolutely nothing on her free time. It allowed her to clear her head and gain some peace.