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Last Christmas—Counseling Patients in the Era of COVID-19

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To identify the key insights or developments described in this article
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When I began my oncology fellowship, I anticipated leading difficult conversations with patients. I welcomed the opportunity and challenge of engaging with people during some of the most difficult experiences of their lives. I foresaw discussing pathogenesis and prognosis, treatment and toxic effects, and hope and healing. I felt that my earlier training experiences had left me well equipped to convey this information and these ideas clearly, in a manner that would facilitate understanding and aid decision-making for patients and their families.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: Christopher E. Jensen, MD, Divisions of Oncology and Hematology and Geriatric Oncology Program, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Physicians Office Building, CB# 7305, 3rd Floor, 170 Manning Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (christopher.jensen@unchealth.unc.edu).

Published Online: March 18, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2021.0125

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Jensen reports a grant from the National Institutes of Health (National Research Service Award T32-CA233419) outside the submitted work.

Additional Contributions: We thank the patients and their families for granting permission to publish this information.

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