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Introducing Charles B. Simone, M.MS., M.D.
Cancer's Worst Enemy
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Charles B. Simone, M.MS., M.D.
Do we always need to tell patients the truth?
Charles B. Simone, M.D., Nicole L. Simone, B.S.E.,
Charles B. Simone, II Lancet. 1998; 352: 1787.
Hassn and Hassan wrote their opinion that "the wish of patients to know the whole truth about their
illness does not mean that it is right for them... on the contrary, it harms many of them"(1). However,
a survey found that 96 percent of Americans wanted to be told if they had cancer and 85 percent
wanted to know how long they would live if their cancer usually led to death in less than a year (2).
Moreover, a legal case involving ethical informed consent (Arato v. Avedon ) asked whether the
law should force physicians to report statistical life expectancy information to patients. Mr. Arato
had pancreas cancer that was treated surgically, then with experimental chemotherapy and radiation
because there "is no effective treatment." The surgeon and oncologist never told Mr. Arato and his
wife that only 5 percent survive for 5 years, nor did they give a prognosis or estimate of his life
expectancy, nor were they asked. A recurrence occurred and the physicians knew he would die
within a few months, but did not tell the patient about life expectancy.
The patient died and his wife sued the physicians claiming that the doctors were obligated under
Californiaís informed consent law to tell the patient about survival figures before asking him to
consent to chemotherapy. The court decided Mr. Arato should have been informed. The physicians
said if the patient knew of the high mortality rate, he would have no hope. And during the 70 visits,
the patient did not ask questions about his life expectancy indicating to the physicians that he did not
want to know. The patientís wife said had the patient known the facts, he would have declined all
treatment and attended to his business affairs. His wife incurred tax losses due to poor business
The lower court favored the physicians. The appeal court reversed the decision. The California
Supreme Court upheld the decision in favor of the wife because of the doctrine of informed consent
based on four tenets:
- Patients are generally ignorant of medicine.
- Patients have a right to control their own bodies and thus to decide about medical treatment.
- To be effective, consent to medical treatment must be informed.
- Patients are dependent upon their physicians for truthful information and must trust them (making
the doctor-patient relationship a "fiduciary" or trust relationship rather that an armís length business
The court concluded that "the physician is under a legal duty to disclose all material information -
information regarded as significant by a reasonable person in the personís position when deciding to
accept or reject a recommended medical procedure - needed to make an informed decision
regarding a proposed treatment."
The practice of medicine is an art as well as a science. It involves compassion and honesty. A good
physician will always give a ray of hope as well as discuss the implications of a grave situation.
Charles B. Simone, M.D., Nicole L. Simone, BSE, Charles B. Simone, II.
Simone Protective Cancer Center
123 Franklin Corner Road Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 USA
- Hassn AMF, Hassan A. Do we always need to tell patients the truth? Lancet. 1998; 352:1153.
- Presidentís Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine. Making Health Care
Decisions. 1982; 2: 245-246.
- Arato v. Avedon. 5 Cal 4th 1172, 23 Cal Rptr. 1993. 2D. 131, 858P. 2D 598.