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The Remaining Hours

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The author's father suffered from a mild fever at the time of rainy season. Dr K, the director of the department of the circulatory organs and physician in charge of him frowned that something was wrong with the digestive organs and the liver by looking at the results of his blood tests. The author was dumbfounded when she happened to notice the words 'suspicion of cancer' on the margin of the questionnaire paper. Dr K questioned him whether he wanted chemotherapy or not. All that he wanted was to make the best use of the remaining hours, and liquidate the company and dispose of his household goods. In the last days he wished for hospice care. His remaining hours were the time, though brief, in which the author showed filial affection for him and was a help for both the first and last time.

Keywords: chemotherapy; hospice care; remaining hours; suspicion of cancer



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