Mother cooking dinner
A doctor's monologue.
"It's time for your annual mammogram."
"You have a lump, but it is almost positively benign."
"The lump has grown, we should do a biopsy just to be safe."
"The lump was cancerous, but we caught it in time and we'll remove it and things will be fine."
"The lump is returning, so we'll remove it and explore."
"The cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, so we'll do a lumpectomy [removing the lump and all lymph nodes] and radiation. This will almost certainly take care of it."
"The cancer is coming back, so we'll do more radiation."
"The cancer has spread to your liver, and we should do a mastectomy on the one side followed by chemotherapy."
"The cancer is in the other breast now, and we should do another mastectomy with chemo and radiation to follow."
"The cancer is still spreading, and we regret to inform you that you have about 6 months to a year to live. Let's do more chemo to prolongate your life to 1 1/2 to 2 years."
Dead in a month, the chemo making the last days miserable.