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This week: empathy, childhood cancer, holiday hazards

Establishing empathy for a patient can be tough for doctors under increasing time pressure. Yet empathy -- being able to see the world as the patient does -- can benefit both the patient and the doctor, says Dr. Louise Prince, an emergency physician at Upstate University Hospital.

Prince explores the difference between sympathy and empathy on this week’s HealthLink on Air. She discusses research showing that an empathetic doctor can help patients feel trust, follow instructions and give the doctor a feeling of well-being and job satisfaction. Medical schools are beginning to stress empathy, says Prince, who offers some ways to build the quality.

Also on this week’s show: childhood cancers and tumors of the brain and spine, and holiday-time hazards.

Join us this Sunday, November 20 for "HealthLink on Air," at 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.