Don't tell me when I am going to die

When a prognosis is more of an art than a science, is it better for patients not to know?

Ms Starrett Kreissman, a trim 59-year-old, was hiking with her husband, Mr David Dolan, when the coughing started. She brushed it off, but Mr Dolan suggested she get checked out.

An examination turned up more questions, so her doctor scheduled some scans. On Ms Kreissman's 60th birthday, she had an answer: stage 3 lung cancer.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2019, with the headline 'Don't tell me when I am going to die'. Print Edition | Subscribe