"If I’d known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself."
He leaned forward, energetically listening to my conversation with his daughter. There was more than one cancer treatment option. We reviewed everything and she asked what he could expect with either a major surgery or seven weeks of daily radiation treatments. Soon, both the father and daughter were peppering me with questions about timing, quality of life, side effects, and expectations.
The conversation continued for several minutes while I did my best to answer each concern.
Finally, the big question emerged. The daughter took a breath. “Do you really think he could survive a big surgery, Doctor? After all, Dad is 90.”