What medicine's really about

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 30 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:776
  1. Khurum Hayat Khan, senior house officer (
  1. Belvoir Park Hospital, Belfast

    I work as an senior house officer in clinical oncology. At times it is moving yet peaceful to share the distress of some terminally ill patients. On other occasions I feel helpless that I cannot help.

    I cannot forget a talk I had with a woman with advanced breast cancer. She …

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