The Man Who Kept His Cancer a Secret

How a patient came to terms with sharing the news

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Telling family, friends and colleagues about your serious cancer diagnosis is among the most personal and sensitive issues you could ever face. Is it fair to put the emotional weight on others? How will people react to you at home, socially or in the workplace?

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Mikkael Sekeres, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Leukemia Program, tells the story of a man who developed myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of bone marrow cancer. For months he kept the news from his grown children, friends and colleagues.

Dr. Sekeres, in his New York Times essay “Keeping Cancer a Secret,” talks about the journey his patient took in coming to terms with sharing the news.


Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS

Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS, has more than a decade of medical experience in medical oncology and hematology. He is the Director of the Leukemia Program at Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute.
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