Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Communication that is ‘perfectly intelligible’ to you, your family, and your friends, is absolutely critical to your ability to make informed decisions. At the Center for Lymphoid Malignancies, we believe that understanding the complex information that now routinely exists in so many different media about your disease, its prognosis and treatment, is the best way for you to make the most informed decision about your care. Often, this requires us to differentiate the facts from pure opinion. Clear and accurate communication is the centerpiece of any good physicians’ ability to build a bond with a patient. Unfortunately, the pace of medicine today makes time a rare commodity, often sacrificing the art of explanation.
At the Center for Lymphoid Malignancies, we place a substantial amount of weight on our ability to ‘…translate truth [i.e. medical facts] into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak’. We believe wholeheartedly in taking all the time you need to understand the disease, and its treatment, and to address all those issues that are important to you. Every health care professional that will be a part of your team shares in this singular common message: We’re done when you are satisfied that all of your questions have been addressed.
--Owen A. O'Connor, MD, Ph.D., Director, The Center for Lymphoid Malignancies