Filler A Memorable Patient

Never knew cancer

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3137 (Published 13 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3137
  1. Sara Taveras Alam, internal medicine chief resident, Jacobi Medical Center, New York
  1. sarataveras{at}gmail.com

When the words, “We think you might have blood cancer” and, “A subspecialist will come see you to discuss further testing” cut through the air, she seemed unbothered. However, we understood we were at a crossroads only when our patient told the medical student that she did not believe she required a needle in her bone for her hypertension. After all, her daughter had hypertension and she had never required such testing.

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