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Words Do Matter: A Reminder to Practice Empathy

In the March issue of Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, Philip Gordon MD, a past president of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and author of one of the field's major textbooks, describes his personal experiences on the "receiving" end of chemotherapy. This is in contrast to dispensing advice to colorectal cancer patients on whether or not to pursue chemotherapy, something he had done for most of his career as a colon and rectal surgeon.
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