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November 20, 2012

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Angeline Chen

Thank you for this well written article on a difficult and sensitive topic. Besides being a useful reminder to physicians, it is also very applicable to caregivers who might be the main go between person or communicator between patient and physician.

I have friends who were primary caregivers and withheld information about "how long" to patients as they were afraid perhaps of "extinguishing hope".

As a cancer survivor, if or when it comes a point that I have limited time left, I would appreciate knowing.

I also have had friends and family with cancer who passed on, but i only found out after the fact because my family kept the information away for fear of upsetting me (especially during the time i was undergoing treatment) but on the contrary, I would have liked to have a chance to say goodbye.

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