No Instrument Plays Itself – Episode 185

No Instrument Plays Itself

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Featuring: Raquel Prati

Published: October 12, 2019

Host Rev. Percy McCray interviews breast surgeon Dr. Raquel Prati and they talk about how she views her role as a doctor like an instrument in the hands of a higher power. They also explore the struggle of women undergoing breast cancer surgery and the strength staying positive provides.


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Show Notes:

Dr. Raquel Prati started schooling to become a doctor at the age of 16 in South America and fell in love with the science and the profession. She now enjoys helping cancer patients feel comfortable in their own skin after life-saving breast cancer surgeries at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). “Number one priority… is to get rid of the disease. Number two is, how you’re gonna end up looking after this is all done. Which is important, too.”

She shared with Rev. Percy McCray her vision for her role in patient care. “You know, in a way, I think I’m an instrument, and I do my best to be a good instrument.” Dr. Prati also embraces the value of the larger care team at CTCA. “We do have all of these supportive services to patients…including naturopath, physical therapy, nutrition, and chaplains here helping patients. And I think those are all things that weigh quite a bit on the overall outcome of that patient.”

Dr. Prati’s faith also influences her view of her work as an instrument being used by a higher power to serve others. Sometimes patients ask to pray with her in the clinical environment, but in the surgery room she also feels a special guidance at times. “There have been times when, I’m just scrubbing there, and I’m thinking, ‘I hope I have the guidance I need today ’cause it’s a more challenging case.’” Choosing to stay positive in the face of difficulty is one of her driving forces in helping her patients. “Life is here, and we should do the best we can.”


  • “I think we all are here working for one purpose and to serve the patient.”
  • “Don’t just wait for death to come. It will come one day. You just have to continue to live.”
  • “We’re all here living. We have to make the best of it.”

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Comprehensive Cancer Care at CTCA