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Pancreas CancerDespair was posted 05/31/2001 04:28 pm by Andrea
Hi, everyone. Just thought I would share an experience I had last night
which made me really despair! My husband and I had travelled all day from
London to deepest Wales to attend the funeral of a dear friend of ours who
had died from liver failure at the age of 48. We made it back to London in
time to attend a dinner for a doctor friend of ours who is a well-known
gastro-enterologist. Anyway, I was put next to some bumptious jerk who
turned out to be a 'famous' gastro-enterologist. In the course of the dinner
I asked him if he treated anyone with pancreatic cancer. He said yes he did.
I said my dad had it and he said, 'Oh, dear. Poor dad.' I said yes, but he
was doing really well, his cancer markers were going down all the time, there
did not appear to be any growth or spreading, etc, etc. And he just shot me
down every step of the way as if I were talking about a total stranger or a
number. He said if it were up to him he would not bother treating PC
patients as it was hopeless, markers were indicative of absolutely nothing,
blah, blah, blah...I wanted to sock the guy in the chops. Thank God the guy
Sorry, just venting, but I felt really low to begin with and
this guy just sent me lower. It just made me grateful for the fact that
there are some good, humane (and human!) doctors out there, and my dad is
being treated by one of them. I do read stories on this board about 'bad'
doctors who fail to communicate, or are not prepared to treat conditions
which some of us think are worth the effort. It makes me even more grateful
to have the support of this board, and grateful to JH for making it possible.
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