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When the Battle With Cancer Can’t Be Won
New York Times

“A diagnosis of advanced cancer is usually difficult for you and your family,” the booklet says. There’s an understatement. But since the very word “cancer” can cause ears and brains to shut down, this 24-page guide from the American Society of Clinical Oncology strikes me as both honest and helpful. “Advanced Cancer Care Planning: What Patients and Families Need to Know About Their Choices When Facing Serious Illness” doesn’t evade the facts; it points out that by definition “advanced cancer” can’t be cured.

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