• Have you made any mistakes along your cancer treatment path?

    Asked by Throatless on Friday, June 14, 2019

    Have you made any mistakes along your cancer treatment path?

    Have you taken bad advice, chose the wrong doctor, or agreed with something even though you thought it wasn't best?

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I have plenty of regrets in my life, but how my lung cancer has been treated doesn't count among them. I've been incredibly fortunate from start to now.

      6 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      I was way too complacent with my medical care. I let months go by following the medical advice my gp gave me even though I was not getting better. When I finally did seek a second opinion, I saw the wrong specialist because I had been led to believe all my symptoms were related to problems above the belly button when in reality they were a result of problems below the belly button. Today I am much more proactive with my health and my choices of health care providers.

      6 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I’ll always regret (and feel guilt over) my not having reported the negligence of the radiologist who misdiagnosed what turned out to be breast cancer in not only me but in two other women I know. I’d found a lump and went to this radiologist, who also felt it. She gave me a mammogram and an ultrasound and pronounced me okay and to come back in a year (she did not take a biopsy, which she should’ve, since the lump was there and palpable). My gynecologist got her report and urged me to see another radiologist, because ultrasound picks up cysts, and if this palpable mass didn’t show on the ultrasound, it should be biopsied (I may not have remembered her reasoning). Anyway, it WAS cancer.

      When I told the first radiologist that I was very “unfine,” she blithely said, “I hope it’s not a quickie.” The two other women I knew who’d been similarly misdiagnosed by her were told the same sanguine thing.

      Apology to anyone here who’s heard this from me before. What’s really odd is that in a city of eight million people (many of whom had or have breast cancer) and many radiologists, not only did I meet two women who’d been treated badly by the same radiologist, but one of the two women is someone I’ve known for decades (she’s a neighbor in my apartment building)! All three of us are doing well.

      And I SHOULD have reported this doctor so perhaps she’d at least be sanctioned for her sloppy work and flippant attitude. She died years ago at age 70.

      6 months ago

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