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Marcus Welby, M.D.: The Legacy

When the patrician Senora Carlotta, mother of Dr. Welby's nurse Consuelo Lopez, is told by the doctor that her life-or-death decision will also involve others, she decides immediately what course she must take. Her philosophy affects Mrs. Faris, the cynical woman whose room she shares and who rejects the present while dreading the future.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 30830
Airdate: Tuesday January 27th, 1970

Director: Daniel Petrie
Writer: John T. Dugan

Guest Stars
Anne BaxterAnne Baxter
As Myra Sherwood
Marcia RalstonMarcia Ralston
As Nurse Donnelly
Peggy ReaPeggy Rea
As Mrs. Baker
Dolores Del RioDolores Del Rio
As Carlotta Lopez de Guadelupe
Helen HallHelen Hall
As Nurse Peters
Ines PedrozaInes Pedroza
As Margarita de Novarro
Janet BlairJanet Blair
As Ann Ferris
John RoperJohn Roper
As Ricardo Guadelupe Lopez
Miguel Ángel LandaMiguel Ángel Landa
As Antonio Novarro Suarez
Russell ArmsRussell Arms
As Dr. Buckley
Main Cast
Robert YoungRobert Young
As Dr. Marcus Welby
James BrolinJames Brolin
As Dr. Steven Kiley
Episode Notes
Lymphosarcoma is another name for lymphoma, an umbrella designation for a family of neoplastic disorders (cancers) of the lymphatic system. Fatigue is a common, and sometimes the first recognized, symptom (unless the individual detects the hard tumor in a lymph gland - but there are many disorders more common than lymphoma that can cause swollen lymph glands, ranging from trivial to very serious). If caught early, survival rates are quite good when patients can complete the chemotherapy and radiation regimens.

This episode explores an issue people who face serious illness often confront: what to do when medicine can no longer offer hope. Some elect to continue aggressive therapy to the very end, while others choose a less aggressive approach, or even discontinue therapy, despite knowing it will shorten their lives. They hope for a few final and happy months with loved ones. This is a very personal decision that often creates family conflict (as it nearly did here), and there are no easy or right answers. It is important that all 'stakeholders' in the matter (usually the patient but possibly the patient's family as well) thoroughly understand each option and its consequences. Vital to achieving this understanding is a good doctor willing to spend time explaining, and perhaps other professionals as well.

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