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Cancer Patient to Doctor: If You Were in My Shoes…

January 29, 2008

Vanderbilt-Ingram’s Jordan Berlin, M.D., was quoted recently in a WebMD article for patients with a cancer diagnosis. A survey shows that it’s good to ask your cancer doctor what he would do if he were in your shoes, though Berlin notes that only about 10% of his patients ask him.

“‘Far more, about 50%, ask about a mother, father, or other relative,’ he says.

“Berlin tells WebMD that ‘the recommendation I give them is what I would do for myself or my family.

“‘You become incredibly honest working in this job, treating people facing the scariest disease on earth.'”