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A Piece of My Mind
October 12, 2011

The Good Doctor

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (shekinah@hms.harvard.edu).

JAMA. 2011;306(14):1525-1526. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1469

Anywhere else. This is the exact location of where you’d rather be when you're a patient sitting in an oncologist's office. Unfortunately, I was too familiar with such settings, having survived rhabdomyosarcoma once as a child and once as an adolescent. Now, here again I sat, 27 years old, living in New York, and planning to start medical school next fall. I had hoped not to find myself on this side of the encounter again, but having learned, just before Christmas, that I had bilateral breast cancer, I had little choice.