Roy B. Sessions, MD,FACS retired from active practice in 2008, and is currently teaching at The Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, where he is a Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. He was a surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in NYC, and later served 10 years as the Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Georgetown University School of Medicine. He also has been a consultant to the NCI, and was a member of the Editorial Board of their journal, the PDQ. During his career, he has been responsible for over 140 scientific publications, including four editions of an award winning textbook. His most recent publication is a non-medical book, The Cancer Experience (Rowman & Littlefield), in which he addresses philosophical issues, including medical ethics, doctor-patient relationships, methods of decision-making during cancer treatment, and the proper role of medicine, as well as the role of the doctor. In this book, he promotes a return to traditional medical values that feature closer doctor-patient relationships with trust, civility, and partnership.
I hope to create additional help and awareness to those who experience cancer, as well as to their friends and family members. I also seek to provide a catalyst for the medical and lay reader’s understanding of intangible and often transcendental issues that are part of the whole cancer scene.