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To sustain hope while preserving honesty is the greatest challenge in oncology | Ranjana Srivastava

Why was I so bothered by the relentless optimism of my terminal cancer patient? Was it his denial of the disease that troubled me or something in me? “You know I am going to beat this.” “No, you aren’t,” I think despondently. Related: Concern over bowel cancer patients with symptoms year before diagnosis I look at his wife searchingly. How does she regard his maniacal self-belief? Related: Yes, I've had cancer, but no, I'm not going to live like a Puritan | Mary Elizabeth Williams Related: Your bra could kill you – and other breast cancer myths busted Continue reading.
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