You just completed surgery on a patient removing the prostate gland because of cancer; It is sent to the pathology. the pathologist states that he feels that there is a possibility that it has metastasize; you know that there are those rare chances.. and now you must prepare to tell the patient; from the nursing station, you head to the patient's room, and coming out of the room is the daughter, and she is weeping... and tells you if it's cancer, do not tell the father. what do you do?













The daughter is not your patient.. but then again, it's not appropriate for you to say that you will have to speak to the father, and let him make the decision. You speak to the daughter... "you appear upset, is there something troubling you." Even though she is not your patient... she needs support, and may "enlighten" you with information that you did not know...