Neurologist Oliver Sacks Reflects on Terminal Cancer Diagnosis

Oliver Sacks
Oliver Sacks
Sacks discussed his diagnosis and his plans for the future in a New York Times op-ed.

A month ago, I felt that I was in good health, even robust health. At 81, I still swim a mile a day. But my luck has run out — a few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple metastases in the liver. 

Nine years ago it was discovered that I had a rare tumor of the eye, an ocular melanoma. Although the radiation and lasering to remove the tumor ultimately left me blind in that eye, only in very rare cases do such tumors metastasize. I am among the unlucky 2%.

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