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Dr. Larry Norton

Larry Norton, M.D.

Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs; Medical Director, Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center; Norna S. Sarofim Chair of Clinical Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


  1. If you have trouble making a decision, you don’t know enough. If you gather enough information, the decision will make itself.
  2. Make sure you communicate.  You need to say to your doctor, “I’m here to get better,” not, “Don’t hurt me.”  If you’re communicating that you are not interested in toxicity, then you may miss out on a treatment that could save your life.
  3. If you don’t like your doctor, your doctor probably doesn’t like you.  Don’t stay with a physician with whom you’re not comfortable. Don’t force a relationship to work that isn’t working.
  4. You want a doctor to say, “Here are the best options for you,” not, “ This is what I can do for you.” Doctors should be willing to look beyond their own knowledge to other experts for the best treatment.
  5. When you think of your future, visualize positive things happening.
  6. You are more than your body. Use your whole self to help yourself.
  7. Don’t forget the moment. Be in the moment and enjoy it. Sometimes patients get so focused on what happened in the past or what might happen in the future, they miss the moments they have.


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