These are cells from a rare childhood tumor that affects mostly boys and men. This is what is taking the life of a woman who only just came of legal age-my youngest ever hospice patient. This terrible disease has wrapped itself around every major organ and is invading new ones. What surgeons removed is already growing back. I'm not unused to young adults dying. Usually in critical care, it's from something dumb like an accidental (or deliberate) drug overdose.
Needless to say, I cried all the way home. Diagnosed 3 weeks ago. Prognosis? If lucky, 2 more weeks. Her outlook was so poor from the beginning that every major cancer center has declined to treat her. Hopeless. My heart is heavy for this patient but most especially, for her mother. No mom should have to be facing the death of her child. Cancer just doesn't fight fair.