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Cancer Care Chronicles
December 27, 2018

Inappropriate Celebration in the Presence of Patients With Poor Prognosis—The Cancer Center Victory Bell

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis
JAMA Oncol. 2019;5(2):146-147. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.5647

The defining experience that changed the course of my life at age 29 years was my mother’s diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer in April 2013. I immediately moved home so I could support my mom during the next 4 years of her disease progression—from her right hemicolectomy to her hospice care. I am now a first-year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School; I would not have applied to medical school or matriculated if not for my mom’s extensive medical experiences. One such experience stands out in my memory.

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