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Hope amid dire brain tumor diagnosis
San Diego Union-Tribune

Dr. Bob Carter still remembers that day from medical school.

He listened as a mentor neurosurgeon met with a patient suffering from a malignant brain tumor. When asked how long the patient had to live, the surgeon didn’t give a number. He instead went over treatment options for that individual and emphasized his close supervision of the case.

“After the visit, in my naive student way, I asked why we didn’t provide a figure,” Carter recalled. “(He) said one of the worst kinds of disservice we can do is to take away a patient’s hope with a statistic.”