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This story (from the NY Times) about the young palliative care physician in New York who died at age 38 from metastatic breast cancer is pretty harrowing. Dr. Desiree Pardi was a rising star, apparently, in the field of palliative care medicine. She was first diagnosed with cancer at age 31 and battled the recurrences with surgery and chemotherapy while maintaining a full work schedule over the subsequent 7 years. As a palliative care doctor, she spent her days having frank conversations with patients who had no chance for recovery and helped guide them down the road toward a resigned acceptance of death.

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