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Doctors call out ableism in cancer care - The biggest barrier is attitude

By Elizabeth Cooney

In a thought-provoking piece titled "Doctors call out ableism in cancer care: 'The biggest barrier is attitude'", the article highlights the pervasive problem of ableism in cancer treatment, revealing how People with Disabilities face significant problems right from the diagnosis stage. It underscores the barriers marginalized individuals encounter due to biased assumptions and outdated practices in medical care.

The narrative delves into the intricate problems faced by individuals with disabilities, particularly in navigating the complex landscape of cancer care. Through real-life scenarios and expert insights, it highlights the alarming extent to which ableism influences treatment decisions and patient outcomes.

Through compelling stories and expert insights,  the article emphasizes the urgent need for a paradigm shift in medical attitudes towards disability and cancer care. It advocates for a patient-centered approach that recognizes the diverse capabilities and circumstances of People with Disabilities, aiming to remove barriers to care.

Ultimately, the article serves as a clarion call for reform in the medical community, urging stakeholders to confront and address the systemic problems of ableism in cancer care. It challenges readers to reevaluate their perceptions and advocate for inclusive practices that prioritize dignity, respect, and equal access to quality healthcare for People with Disabilities.

Name any facet of health care and you could describe a way that racism could impact patients, whether it’s primary care, surgery, oncology care, sports performance,” Blauwet said. “Ableism impacts all of health care, just like racism does.”

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