SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) How do you cope with the stress of a patient population that is dying? I've heard that over half of patients diagnosed with cancer ultimately die. I've been considering a career in oncology but I'm pretty sure that I would struggle with dealing with patients that would die or that I couldn't help. I'm really interested in radiation oncology but I'm also really worried that I'll commit to a field that I'll end up being miserable in because I can't cope with death. How hard is it to deal with that stress? It's really hard for me to determine how hard it'll be to determine without actually doing it but it could be too late by then. Haha, sorry that was really long winded but you know...it's my future.