(Part 2 of 2) Normally as registrars we do a job for 6 months and then move to another rotation. So it’s very unlikely you see a patient through their whole journey, unless things go very quickly. As I’m in part-time training, it takes me 10 months to do the same rotation. There was a gentleman who didn’t attend last week. I saw him on his very first appointment and I’ve seen him every week for his treatment for the last 9 months. His wife called to say he wasn’t well enough to come, and emotionally that’s very draining because you do bond with people. He’s a very dignified gentleman and he was very angry at the beginning, as a lot of people are with the diagnosis and the unfairness of it all. But by the end he’d really come to terms with it and we had some very frank, therapeutic conversations. Even after the last time I saw him... I knew that’d be the last time I saw him. I shut the door and I burst into tears. I don’t often cry at work, and I definitely try not to cry in front of patients. You don’t want to call them your favourite patients, but there are some patients who get to you." - Oncology Registrar, @Dr_Ailsa Read and share this story on Facebook!