• Do depictions of cancer and patients in TV or Movies drive you crazy? What about some of the things they say "off the cuff" not thinking?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    Do depictions of cancer and patients in TV or Movies drive you crazy? What about some of the things they say "off the cuff" not thinking?

    I've seen some that I just shake my head over and think that I can't believe they said that. Then I see some that are right on the money and good, accurate and helpful information.

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    • cards7up's Avatar
      cards7up

      Every time I see those commercials on cancer caused by smoking, I change the channel. I've yet to see anything worthwhile on these smoking cancer commercials. I'm one of those people who doesn't like to see treatments advertised on TV. It's a waste of money and only adds to the cost of the drugs. They've done so much on the new immunotherapy drugs but don't put out enough info so people think it will be their magic "cure."

      4 months ago
    • pattic0803's Avatar
      pattic0803

      i keep seeing the commercial for neulasta and the patients are walking around with no issues after receiving the medication. every time i was given neulasta after chemo I was in so much pain I could barely stand up. like @cards7up, I find myself changing the channel whenever it comes on.

      4 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @cards7up, my oncologist says the worst side effect from immunotherapy is disappointment. When it works, it is a true miracle drug. Unfortunately, it doesn't work far more frequently than it does.

      4 months ago
    • catlillie's Avatar
      catlillie

      A couple hours after being told my cancer had mets to my lungs my husband and I get back to the hotel, turn the TV on and the anti-smoking lung cancer commercial is on. You know, the one with tubes hanging out of her and the little "update" telling us how she died a couple months later... "be careful what you wish for, taking the drains out was more painful... blah, blah, blah"
      I'm sitting here awaiting surgery on Friday and that f*%$n commercial is still haunting me!

      4 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Great question. I love "Terms of Endearment," but I'm always bothered when the young woman in the film gets an unspecified cancer (lymphoma, maybe) and dies without having had any kind of treatment, or so it seems.

      Or, in TV shows or movies, a female cancer patient is shown wearing a head scarf but still has her eyebrows (okay, some people retain their brows).

      I did see two movies I think are very true:
      "50/50" and "Wit."

      4 months ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      I hate how everything is instantaneous. You wake up from surgery and immediately are told what you have. I don't know of anyone who ever had that happen. Pathology reports take time. I also hate the commercials for cancer centers. I am sure everyone is capable of finding ones in their area. They seem to be on constantly.

      4 months ago
    • Jouska's Avatar
      Jouska

      My oncologist, gratefully, didn't believe in Neulasta shots because he thought they were too painful for the good they sometimes did. So I chuckle when I see that commercial because everyone I know who got them, said it was incredibly painful. So off she goes with her little Neulasta delivery system. I don't see the point in the advertising, it offers false hope and makes everything seem curable/fixable. So it implies, in my mind, that if cancer patients pick the right drug and the right doctor /clinic- all will be good. And it isn't that easy or simple. These commercials still support the myth that if you fight hard enough you will beat cancer, which somehow makes it the patient's fault if the storybook ending doesn't happen. And that is not acceptable.

      4 months ago
    • cards7up's Avatar
      cards7up

      LiveWithCancer, go tell your onc that is not the worse side effect of immunotherapy. Tell that to those who have suffered radiation pneumonitis and other serious side effects. That was an ineffectual comment to make.
      Catlillie, I hope and pray all goes well and that you're having VATS with a qualified lung thoracic surgeon and not a cardio-thoracic surgeon. Take care, Judy

      4 months ago
    • Bug's Avatar
      Bug

      I don't like the commercials for cancer drugs. I worry that they give people false hope. I guess some drugs work for some people but those commercials act like the drugs are a cure-all for everyone. I don't want to be negative but I sure hate seeing people given false hope.

      4 months ago
    • Terri's Avatar
      Terri

      Remember that TV show with Laura Linney as a melanoma patient? Her romantic interest was her oncologist. She had supposedly Stage 4. I couldn't watch it even though I have Melanoma.

      4 months ago
    • Cancerkiller1's Avatar
      Cancerkiller1

      Peace, healing and blessings to you all

      4 months ago
    • Cancerkiller1's Avatar
      Cancerkiller1

      Oh by the way...per my doc...my cancer is about out of breath.

      4 months ago
    • Cancerkiller1's Avatar
      Cancerkiller1

      I want that for all of you :)

      4 months ago
    • gonewest's Avatar
      gonewest

      I am amazed at those neulasta and opdivo commercials. Livewith is right. I was disappointed with Opdivo. I guess what gets to me most is the portrayal of cancer as an "add on". Terri is spot on. Also the rapidity with with people die of cancer and like in "Terms of Endearment", without treatment. Pain is rarely if ever shown. Doctors in the movies are great prognosticators. I have been given the "death sentence" of less than 6 months three times since 2013. It's become a game with me. Still here.

      4 months ago

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