I’ve met maybe 8 oncologists in my cancer journey and I’ve never met one I didn’t like.
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I may joke about going to see my oncologist, thinking, if I do not look my best, he will give me less attention, but it is just that, a joke.
I have the greatest respect for all the oncologists I have consulted. To me they seem very dedicated to finding the best solutions for their patients.
It’s got to be a hard gig. Meeting and trying to help very sick and dying people and their families. Some won’t or don’t want to be helped. Then at times seeing patients place all their eggs in a questionable ‘alternate’ product or a ‘saviour’ healer. Patients who you know you had a good chance of curing or extending their lives with conventional medicine.
A few years ago, I asked an oncologist what was the hardest part of their profession? I had no preconceived notion as to a reply, but he said the hardest thing is when someone comes to him with a cancer that statistically he can cure in 80 or 90% of cases with radiation or chemotherapy. But they decide instead to go for some ‘alternative’ treatment they’ve found.
Invariably that treatment fails, and they come back in 6 months or so when the cancer has grown significantly. They now have decided to do the original treatment offered by the oncologist. However, because of the more advanced stage of their cancer, the chance of long-term survival has now been reduced from the 80 – 90% success rate to sometimes as little as 10-20%.
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We live in a society that distrusts doctors, and we come from a time when we saw the harsh results of pioneering chemotherapy and radiation treatments. But times have changed, and both chemotherapy and radiation therapy are now more refined and targeted.
Please consider carefully before you disregard proven treatments where a doctor can give you percentages of success, for something that comes from false hope and wishful thinking.
Many thanks………….Charles Robinson/Chaitanya das