Cancer victims are far more likely to survive today than just thirty years ago, and new treatments are showing great promise. That is little consolation to those facing cancer today, especially for those unfortunate terminal patients like my friend or those we have already lost.
I take a deep breath, turn to him and introduce myself. I explain how I have his textbook and have read at least some of his papers and explained that I just wanted to say what an honor it is to be working with him. He smiled, looked at me and said