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How Far Along Are You?

Jane deLima Thomas, MD
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From Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA 02115.

Requests for Single Reprints: Jane deLima Thomas, MD, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney Street, G411, Boston, MA 02115; e-mail, hdelima@partners.org.

Ann Intern Med. 2007;147(10):738. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-147-10-200711200-00013
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I took a deep breath before entering Mrs. Bell's room. I had not yet met this patient, and her nurse told me there were many concerned family members and church friends gathered at the bedside. I knew that Mrs. Bell's adult children were having difficulty coming to terms with the course of their mother's uterine cancer. She was dying, and her family and friends had come to pray and say goodbye. My role as a palliative care fellow was to try to make sure she was comfortable, and to help her loved ones through this time, to the extent they would allow.





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