Random Musings of a Junior Zoalord (ingriam) wrote in little_details,
Random Musings of a Junior Zoalord

Character who wants to fake having cancer

I have a character who, after being the subject of clandestine genetic engineering, escapes and tries to live out the remainder of his life in some kind of peace. The problem is that the process that he was subjected to damaged his cellular metabolism. His body uses up energy much too fast to sustain itself.

Since it's not really feasible for him to talk about what happened to him - both because of the fact that no one would believe him and because the ones who experimented on him would kill anyone who knew what they did - I was planning to have him lie and say that he had cancer. My questions are, would a doctor be able to find out that he's lying about his condition?

Also, what kind of cancer would have symptoms that included weakness, tiredness, and often crippling agony?
Tags: ~medicine: illnesses to order

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