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Different cultures have different understandings of disease and medicine, which can often affect a patients’ treatment process. Oftentimes, patients will be skeptical of traditional Western medicine, or create narratives about the origin of their disease that are completely independent of medicinal logic. Yannette Tactuk, a Clinical Oncology Social Worker at the Dubin Breast Center in New York City, explains here how a patient’s cultural heritage plays a role in their breast cancer treatment.
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