Friday, August 10, 2018
Dear editor: Here's a make-believe but often real nightmare scenario: You have just received the terrible and terrifying news, "You have cancer." After biopsying your mass, your surgeon wants to refer you to a medical oncologist (a cancer treatment specialist). Many are available in your area. He then asks you, "Do you want a medical oncologist with a good bedside manner who is barely competent and will probably not successfully treat your cancer? Or do you want one that has little bedside manner but is extremely competent and can put you into remission thereby giving you many good years of life or even cure you?" In reality, there are many who are extremely competent and also have a great bedside manner, but not in this hypothetical analogy.
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