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A Piece of My Mind
March 14, 2007

What Makes a Difference

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A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2007;297(10):1039. doi:10.1001/jama.297.10.1039

“Is your wife with you?” asked the gastroenterologist as I entered his office for my postcolonoscopy conference. With that, I knew immediately that I had colon cancer. I remember little else of what he said except that he had set up an appointment for me to see a surgeon at 1 o’clock that same Wednesday afternoon. I didn't have time to go home so I ate a light lunch and met the surgeon at the appointed time. “You have a tumor about the size of a golf ball in your colon, close to the appendix, and we’ve got to get it out of there. I think I can work you into the schedule on Friday.”

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