• Do you watch the TV Show New Amsterdam?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

    Do you watch the TV Show New Amsterdam?

    It's a medical/hospital show, like others that are on or have been on. The interesting storyline in this one is that one of the Doctors who is also the head of the hospital is being treated for cancer. Some of the things that they talk about and show him having done hit kind of close to home. One scene gave me one of those flashbacks to being in the radiation treatment room. If you're watching, what do you think?

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I don't watch that one, but interestingly another show, The Good Doctor, also had a hospital chief battle cancer. His was brain cancer. It seemed pretty real.

      about 1 year ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I watch it, it is a good show although I have never heard of a hospital that refuses to charge anything for the undeserved and takes payment using the barter system. However it is a good show and he does help to bring cancer to the forefront.

      about 1 year ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      I watched tonight and definitely felt for the character of the doctor, though I'm not sure he'd be getting a feeding tube after losing only 5 lbs. Maybe he would. It's so hard to eat with head and Neck cancers!

      I'm glad that the show includes the details of dealing with cancer treatment in a more graphic and realistic way than most shows on tv.

      In the episode tonight they also had a veteran who can't get treatment at the VA fir his bladder cancer, and he can't afford the gap in coverage. Even the public hospital was going to have trouble treating him! I have to wonder how often that is happening.

      about 1 year ago
    • Scoofer's Avatar

      I’ve been into the Good Doctor since it’s beginning and have watched the last four episodes of New Amsterdam. I’ve enjoyed both shows’ storylines of doctors dealing with their own personal cancers. I especially liked New Amsterdam’s recent episode entitled “Croaklahoma” where they dealt with the human propensity to use dark humor to alleviate the fear of cancer. We’ve found this true in our own family as we’ve dealt with multiple forms of cancer by family members. We tend to favor shock humor. Below is an example:

      When my wife was struggling with her last couple of treatments for her breast cancer (radiation) she was unable to accompany me and our children to church one Sunday. Returning after church with a take-out lunch, I told her, “The pastor asked how you’re doing.” She enquired, “And what did you say?” I replied, “I told him to mind his own [email redacted] business!”

      about 1 year ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I watch both shows. Some of the stuff w/New Amsterdam doesn't ring true for me. However, the creator of the show basically IS the main character. He wrote a book based on his experiences and this book is the basis for the show. And he was in charge of a major hospital while battling cancer. I've not read the book, but I've wanted to.

      about 1 year ago
    • Richardc's Avatar

      I’ve been watching new Amsterdam since the beginning. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and can appreciate what the doctor is going through with this treatment. My doctor prescribed me getting the tube before I started treatment as a back up just in case I have problems swallowing. It will be interesting to see how the show progresses. Yes, this one really hit home for me and my wife.

      about 1 year ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      I watch it. In fact I got behind and watching three episodes today. I can definitely relate. There was a few scenes when he was in an infusion room taking to the other patients. I remember a similar room in one of the small satellite facilities. I used to go there after radiation for fluids and got to know some of the other patients. Some days we would sit around together. Laughing and sharing stories. One of the nurses later told me it was one of their greatest joys to watch the patients connect and support each other.

      about 1 year ago

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