I Treated Breast Cancer as a Doctor. Then I Was Diagnosed

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I Treated Breast Cancer as a Doctor. Then I Was Diagnosed

A story about an oncologist diagnosed with cancer.

I was a cancer expert long before I was a patient: in control, passionate about my work and invulnerable. Yet all of this would change with one phone call.

It was a morning like many before. While discussing a complicated case with a colleague, my cell phone began to vibrate. Seeing the familiar number from the university’s radiology department, I knew it would be a “finding of concern.” With a pang of sadness, I pondered which of my patients I would soon be calling with bad news.

The voice on the other end of the line sounded cheerful and upbeat. She told me that they had found five little “irregularities”—likely nothing of concern; I just needed to follow up and do more tests. Feeling distracted, I asked her to repeat which patient she was referring to. There was a pause on the other end, before she said, “This is about your recent mammogram.” I’d missed that she hadn’t begun the conversation with, “Good morning doctor, this is about…”, but instead had called me by my first name. I should have realized then that this call was not about a patient; it was meant for me.

Read full article: I Treated Breast Cancer as a Doctor. Then I Was Diagnosed | Time.com

Read Full Article: I Treated Breast Cancer as a Doctor. Then I Was Diagnosed | Time.com

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