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What does it feel like to tell someone a potentially life-threatening diagnosis like cancer?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
5 doctors agree

In brief: It is not easy.

This is one of the hardest things a doctor has to do.
There is no simple way to handle this, just learn by experience. Often the patient is not prepared, and does not want to think about this possibility. Sometimes they already suspect that this is the case. Whichever it is, noone knows how it feels until they do it themselves.

In brief: It is not easy.

This is one of the hardest things a doctor has to do.
There is no simple way to handle this, just learn by experience. Often the patient is not prepared, and does not want to think about this possibility. Sometimes they already suspect that this is the case. Whichever it is, noone knows how it feels until they do it themselves.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: It has felt like

I had the responbility to be clear, to be compassionate & to be ready to contend with whatever reaction the patient has.
I no longer break new about cancer to patients- but I still am often the bearer of bad news. What is very gratifying - is if I come away from the experience feeling like interchange went as well as possible.

In brief: It has felt like

I had the responbility to be clear, to be compassionate & to be ready to contend with whatever reaction the patient has.
I no longer break new about cancer to patients- but I still am often the bearer of bad news. What is very gratifying - is if I come away from the experience feeling like interchange went as well as possible.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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