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Discussion in 'Radiation Oncology' started by MSV MD 2B, Dec 19, 2003.

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  1. MSV MD 2B

    MSV MD 2B Senior Member

    Jan 8, 2003
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    Okay, if this sounds ignorant, please forgive me. I am a M1 interetsed in rad-onc. I read in Anita Taylor's book that some rad on docs find it difficult to really get to know a patient and watch them die. do a veyr high percentage of your patients die and how do you deal with this with out becoming callous?
  2. stephew

    stephew SDN Super Moderator Moderator Emeritus

    Jun 7, 2001
    SDN 10+ Year Member
    it was harder as an intern on the IM floors where people are acute and die there. About 60% of patients are "curative". It can be difficult but still rewarding. We give them more time and more quality of life.

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