Sunday, March 15, 2009
One of the hardest parts of the job is having to give bad news. This is especially true after exploratory surgery when you find out that the tumor is far worse than imagined and that it has spread extensively. (I think that the pathologists should have to talk with the families and patients, after all they are the one who really decided that the cancer was there). As soon as you walk in to talk with the family they sense what is going on. They know if it is good or bad. Sometimes it is hard to find the right words that convey the information and at the same time comfort. I would love to have on of those presidential teleprompters to take with me where others can sit back and give me the words to say and answers to the questions that I am asked. Change that, I would rather have those people that are sending the stuff to the teleprompter just talk to the family.