Work and life

Peter Bach, an oncologist at Sloan-Kettering whose wife is undergoing radiation for breast cancer, describes what it’s like to be back at work.

It was my first time seeing patients since my wife’s diagnosis. I had developed a deep anxiety about getting back out there, about putting on my white coat and gliding through the corridors. Could I do my job? Would I collapse in ruins the moment I met a patient who reminded me of Ruth? Could I see a fellow husband of a breast cancer patient and just soldier on?


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