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Gratitude in the Setting of Stage IV Lung Cancer: How Innovative Caregivers Help the Success of Treatment

Nila J. Webster, MA
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From Revere, Massachusetts.

Requests for Single Reprints: Nila J. Webster, MA, 1 Carey Circle 404, Revere, MA 02151; e-mail, nila.webster@comcast.net.


Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(1):71-72. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-158-1-201301010-00016
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As I waited in the office of the infectious disease specialist, I knew that management of empyema in the setting of advanced lung cancer was not ideal. But foremost on my mind was whether this doctor would go forward with standard protocol—intravenous antibiotics through a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line for 8 weeks—or let me try oral antibiotics instead.

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Fairness
Posted on January 11, 2013
Stephen Workman
QEII HSC Halifax Nova Scotia Canada
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A wonderful essay with a poignant and important message. There is no doubt that he sacred is an integral but easily overlooked element of patient care. As an aside, no matter who gets lung cancer, it is never fair that they do.
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