Every day, almost 5,000 people around the country will hear the dreaded news that they have cancer. Each diagnosis kicks off a series of hard conversations between doctors and their patients. Many of these conversations center around the likely prognosis for that particular patient. For example, an oncologist may explain to a patient that they have a choice between two treatments — one is more aggressive, but may allow the patient to live a few months longer; the other has less risk of miserable side effects but might contribute fewer weeks or months of life. …

Melissa Curtis

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