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Despair was posted 05/31/2001 04:28 pm by Andrea
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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 is retired.

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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