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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005;131(8):661. doi:10.1001/archotol.131.8.661

When I was a fresh, third-year medical student starting out in pediatrics, a 5-year-old boy, Joey (not his real name), who had a recurrent neuroblastoma was assigned to me. This beautiful little boy already had undergone surgery and radiation therapy and now was to receive chemotherapy. In my relative oncologic naivete, I remember how he seemed so normal when I met him. His treatment plan was rather vague, which gave me a sense that the resident staff lacked confidence in it. But, after all, he was 5 years old, and we needed to do something.