Presenter: Michael E. Kerr, MD|
The diagnosis of a serious illness often motivates people to take a hard look at how they have been living their lives. It is easy to put off examining the emotionally charged aspects of relationships with important others. This case is of a person who had been recently diagnosed with metastatic cancer. She believed that the significant depression she had been experiencing, particularly in recent years, played an important role in her being vulnerable to cancer. She was able to make remarkable use of Bowen theory to address some relationship issues in her marriage and extended family and, in the process, overcome her depression. The improvement in her emotional state may possibly slow the growth of the cancer cells that biological treatments fail to eliminate.