Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: metastatic tumor

  • Beyond medicine

    Jessica TangChicago, Illinois, United States I remember staring intently at the doctor as he presented two options: surgery or do nothing. Surgery could not promise drastic improvement and even came with the risk of paralysis or death. Doing nothing meant an ominous future of moving onward until something traumatic occurred. Neither choice sounded desirable. Was…