Giving Bad News


Toney Welborn, MD, MPH, MS

Perm J 2019;23:19-026A [Full Citation]
E-pub: 07/08/2019

Editor’s note: This Graphic Medicine piece is a commentary on communication in medicine, health literacy, and how far we sometimes are from our patients in oral communication. This story is loosely based on the physician-author’s own experience of being diagnosed with bone cancer at age 15. At a writing retreat, she was encouraged to draw her story — pairing words with images.

How to Cite this Article

Welborn T. Giving bad news. Perm J 2019;23:19-026A. DOI:

Author Affiliations

Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT), Oklahoma City Veterans Administration Health Care System, OK

Corresponding Author

Toney Welborn, MD, MPH, MS (

Keywords: graphic medicine, malignant tumor, metastasis


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