medicine in the arts; humanities; poetry; neoplasms; recurrence; remission induction; neoplastic processes; medical oncology; cancer; undergraduate medical education


Arts and Humanities


This poem explores a similar experience I once encountered working with an oncologist, as a patient learns about the recurrence of cancer after being in remission. The situation struck me as I felt the stir of human sadness and courage, and I would like to dedicate the poem to those living with cancer, who face the trepidation of their daily lives with bravery. What I hope this writing demonstrates is the depth and complexity of emotions felt by both patients and their physicians in times of bad news and expresses the beauty that underlies a strong and genuine patient-physician relationship.