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Cancer Care Chronicles
June 3, 2021

Leaning Into Uncertainty and Discomfort With Hope

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Radiology and Office of Faculty Affairs, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 2Department of Communications, Marketing & Media, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 3Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
JAMA Oncol. Published online June 3, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2021.1496

Scrolling through the computed tomography (CT) images, I (E.A.) saw the scattered lung nodules, evidence that my husband’s cancer was back. Just 5 years earlier, in 2000, he was diagnosed with chest wall sarcoma. I was a third-year radiology resident at the time and a mother of 2 young children, with a baby on the way. We had been through his original diagnosis of a 10-cm mass, involvement of 4 ribs, negative nodes, and no distant metastases, and he had undergone en bloc surgical resection and 14 months of chemotherapy—and here we were again. The cancer was back.

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