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A ‘Sentimental Journey’ in the Cancer Clinic

Jan 17, 2019 - The New York Times

I first met my patient, a man in his late 80s, in 2012, when he had been living with myelodysplastic syndromes, a form of bone marrow cancer, for five years — longer than the average survival for those diagnosed with the condition. He was a former high school math teacher who was unerringly precise about his laboratory values. He also had a spark to him that no cancer could extinguish.

Over the years, we had tried a variety of therapies to treat him, some of which worked for a while, som...