(CNN) — The patient slammed his fist on the table in Dr. Otis Brawley’s office.
“Dammit, I’m American,” Brawley remembers him saying. “You can’t tell me I have prostate cancer and that we’re just going to ‘watch it.'”
Brawley is the chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, a world-renowned cancer expert and practicing oncologist. If you’re going to get someone’s opinion on a cancer diagnosis or course of treatment, he’s a good choice. And in this case, he was recommending no treatment.