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Breaking bad news: during the holiday season
  1. Muhammad Hamza Habib1,
  2. Biren Saraiya2 and
  3. Mellar P Davis3
  1. 1Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, Supportive and Palliative Care, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
  2. 2Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
  3. 3Department of Medicine, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Muhammad Hamza Habib, 195 Little Albany Street, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, Supportive and Palliative Care, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA; mh1333{at}cinj.rutgers.edu

Abstract

Breaking bad news can be a difficult process. This can further be complicated when such news needs to be delivered around the holiday season. Here, we discuss such a case, and provide recommendations on breaking bad news around the holiday season.

  • communication
  • end of life care
  • prognosis
  • clinical decisions

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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