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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Truth-telling and Withholding Information:
Case 1

A 65-year-old man comes to his physicians with complaints of abdominal pain that is persistent but not extreme. Workup reveals that he has metastatic cancer of the pancreas. The man has just retired from a busy professional career, and he and his wife are about to leave on a round-the-world cruise that they've been planning for over a year.

Should you tell him his diagnosis?

Discussion

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