6. Research #4

In total, we collected about 85 surveys (including both patients and their relatives/spouses), which provide interesting data. We will continue the analysis and prepare to write a paper. Hopefully, our findings will be useful and inform future research. There is much, much more research to be done. Aside from the issues of daily life affecting my own health, I felt I left too soon. Conducting research that is expected to prepare for future clinical application seems unusually useful and productive. Meeting patients who have cancer is a meaningful experience in itself. It seems enduring severe difficulty while remaining patient and hopeful facilitates mental and spiritual growth beyond what many people with “normal” lives achieve. I hope to continue to contribute to research that will lead to better outcomes for cancer patients and their relatives. SS