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Oncology Isn’t Always Sad

Laura Vater, MD, MPH answers the age-old question of whether oncology is always sad.

June 18, 2022

“But isn’t oncology too sad?”

I get asked this question a lot.

I was thinking about it today in clinic, when I knocked on my patient’s door.

Then I walked in, sat down, and told him the scans were stable.

 

He stood up & starting singing.

Then he started dancing.

I smiled.

I laughed.

I celebrated right alongside him.

 

Yes, oncology is hard.

Yes, some days I grieve.

But I get to support my patients on the hard days and celebrate with them on the happy ones.

And that is pretty great.

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