Medicine: Cancer Counselors

What do you say to someone who has cancer? The wrong thing, probably. Like most people confronted with a diagnosis that often amounts to a death sentence, Beverly Hills (Calif.) Realtor Fred Harris, 62, sank into despair when his doctors told him last February that he had inoperable cancer of both lungs. Nor did his friends help decrease his depression. Some, unsure as to how they should talk to Harris, avoided him; a few, mistakenly fearing contagion, forbade their children to go near him. Others overwhelmed him with solicitude. One friend, ignoring Harris' haggard appearance, insisted that he looked "great";...

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