My patient was in crisis. She was hospitalized because her cancer had recently spread from her lung to her lymph nodes, causing the blockage of her bile-draining duct. I entered her room when she was resting after having received a catheter to relieve her pain. While she usually appeared upbeat and optimistic, today, it was obvious she felt the opposite.
After having acknowledged the recent unfortunate events, I tried to reassure her by suggesting some other measures that could alleviate her discomfort. Today, however, she felt she would rather refrain from engaging in any conversation regarding her now-inevitable outcome. Her disease was terminal, and she understood.
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Yavorkovsky LL. The Importance of Physician Attire—The Socks With the Bulls. JAMA Oncol. Published online April 30, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.0577
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