An oncologist’s perspective of COVID-19: “I wish I could hug you”

Written by Narjust Duma, M.D. (University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, USA)

Over the last three weeks, we have seen how medicine is changing in the USA. Last week my clinic went from face-to-face visits to >90% telemedicine encounters. We are facing a pandemic, the burden is growing and at times it feels unbearable. My love for medical oncology started early during my medical training. Coming from a family of surgeons, it was expected for me to become a surgeon. Still, during my clinical rotations, one patient changed my medical career course and ultimately, my life. Maria (pseudonym) was a 68-year-old woman with metastatic lung cancer who, even conscious of her diagnosis,...

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