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dealing with death

Discussion in 'Radiation Oncology' started by MSV MD 2B, 12.19.03.

  1. MSV MD 2B

    MSV MD 2B Senior Member

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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?
    Thanks!
  2. stephew

    stephew SDN Super Moderator Moderator Emeritus

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    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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