Book Sample - "got cancer?" (spring break gone bad)


An excerpt from "got cancer? spring break gone bad" by James J. Gaudio,
a book about surviving cancer and finding strength.

Chapter 4: The C—Word Lurks

...It seemed sensible to me that Dr. Coff's experience should allow him to make a reasonable prognostication about my tumor being benign or malignant. I was very aware that I would be essentially asking the doctor to make an educated guess, and I also understood that probability does not equal certainty. But I was eager for a ray of hope in a future that suddenly looked bleak. Even a sixty-forty chance favoring "benign" would have provided us with some comfort. I pressed.

"Doc," I began, "can you give me some kind of feel for the chances of the tumor being malignant? Fifty-fifty? Better (for me)? Worse?"

I suspect Doc had been down this road quite some several times before my case. He gently shook his head back and forth before speaking, something like an adult would do as the front end of a response to a child’s preposterous question. Even before he spoke, I knew that he was not going to pin himself to some statement of probability. "No. I can't," broke his silence.

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