A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
So all this has been for nothing," she said, and her eyes dared me to
contradict her. I blinked.
We had been together, doctor and patient, for 13 months, since she'd
come with her bleeding cervical cancer to Chicago's Cook County Hospital,
where I was the only full-time gynecologic oncologist. Although her tumor
had been large, chemoradiation had put her cancer into remission. Achieving
that had required combination antiemetics, daily bus rides from the city's
South Side, hours spent in pharmacy lines and clinic waiting rooms, and four
days bed-bound for brachytherapy. But she had done well.
Massad LS. For What?. JAMA. 2003;290(10):1287. doi:10.1001/jama.290.10.1287