For the state, it's a matter of keeping what it calls a 'dangerous doctor' from treating patients.
For hundreds of cancer patients, it a matter of keeping the same man doing what he can to keep them alive.
The latest round in the battle over embattled cancer doctor David Morrison went to court Monday.
Morrison won a temporary reprieve last month after the state medical board pulled his license.
Monday's hearing dealt strictly on whether the state should allow Morrison to practice while he appeals the board's decision.
It's easy to understand why Morrison's supporters are so adamant in his defense.
His attorneys say he's defended thousands of people from fatal diseases, and he's currently treating about 600 active patients.
But state medical examiners say in the last few years, he's mistreated two dozen, and several died.
"The real focus should be on the patients and what they're going through," Morrison said outside the courtroom.
The doctor's supporters say the numbers are clearly in his favor.
The problem is that the state presented testimony from two experts who say Morrison went outside the bounds of acceptable medical practice and worse, a third expert Morrison's own lawyers actually hired - agreed.
The doctor refused to attack their credibility
"How do you respond to the expert testimony that went against you in this series of hearings?" asked WSFA 12 News reporter Chris Holmes.
"I would have to leave that to what's happened in the courtroom," replied Morrison.
"Do you respect their opinions?" Holmes asked.
To which Morrison replied, "I certainly respect my colleagues."
The case has gone on for months and has generated about 2000 pages of written transcripts. In the end, the state's regulatory agency unanimously decided to pull Morrison's license.
"The main people I'd like to thank are my patients," said Morrison.
Now, the doctor is appealing that decision in circuit court, where his supporters argue if he's prevented from treating them, they are also in danger of losing their lives.
So, after deciding the issue over whether to allow Morrison to continue working, where does this process go?
The next step is for the court to hold a hearing on the substance of medical board's decision to pull Morrison's license.
Both sides say no matter who wins, the loser will appeal up the court system, and this case might take months to decide.