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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Breaking Bad News:
Case 1

Case 1: Jose is a 62-year-old man who just had a needle biopsy of the pancreas showing adenocarcinoma. You run into his brother in the hall, and he begs you not to tell Jose because the knowledge would kill him even faster. A family conference to discuss the prognosis is already scheduled for later that afternoon.

How should you handle this?

Discussion

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