My years of cancer care ministry – Episode 354

Health, Hope & Inspiration

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Featuring: Rev. Michael A. Langham

Published: February 18, 2023

I never saw cancer care ministry in my future.

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Show Notes:

Rev. Michael Langham, former Director of Pastoral Care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Tulsa, takes time to reflect on his remarkable beginnings and experiences of ministry to cancer patients, caregivers, and stakeholders.

In this discussion Rev. Langham shares moments of enlightenment learned and early mistakes made in his hospital ministry. Being seminary trained, Rev. Langham, a self-professed Type A personality, early on came to the realization that cancer patients really “didn’t care how much I knew. They wanted to know how much I cared.”

In this discussion Langham also shares his greatest accomplishment from his 20-year tenure at CTCA Tulsa, which closed in 2021.

Listen now to this cancer care ministry trailblazer, who helped to change the face of an organization and the faith community with ministry to cancer patients and their families.


  • “Never in a million years had I thought that I would be in chaplaincy!”
  • “In the first year [of his employment as chaplain] I received patient satisfaction scores that were the highest in the history of the organization to that point in time.”
  • “One of the things that we learned is that cancer patients need the ability to tell their story.”

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