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    Would a Doctor Do This?

    Asked by Bug on Sunday, August 4, 2019

    Would a Doctor Do This?

    A question by another WhatNexter about communication with their doctor made me think of this...

    In the past I have not questioned what a doctor recommended because I was afraid that if they felt I was questioning their expertise or knowledge that they might become annoyed or insulted and not do their best to help me. Do you think a doctor would really do that?

    I do question them now - always very gently and respectfully as I would with anyone in any profession - but I will say that this is always in the back of my mind.

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      carm

      Just a small fact...according to the United States Patients bill of rights, oncologist are supposed to offer two options for treatment.

      2 months ago
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      Bug

      carm, I had no idea. Do you know if that applies to other doctors?

      2 months ago
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      carm

      @ChildOfGod4570,
      I understand how a bad experience can taint the objective. I just wanted to say that as an oncology nurse, I have given my all in the service of my patients. My last vacation was in 2010, and I am available to all patients 24/7, every day including holidays. A good oncology nurse knows that our job is to advocate for those we serve. There is never a moment in a day where I don't think, "There but by the grace of God, go I. " Many of us do feel it is more of a calling than an occupation and...the pain of losing a great warrior rips at the very thread we hang from. There is good or bad in any profession. Many oncology nurses fear too much interaction will hurt them; especially if they lose that patient. But...we understand you, care more than you realize, and walk that last mile into that last good night more than anyone should ever in a lifetime. So sometimes we need you to understand our fears too. You teach us just as much as we teach you.
      @Bug, I do know...the answer to your question is no...only oncologists because of the many years before when pharm houses kept doctors extremely happy pushing their drug over there competitors. So when a doctor tells you a treatment plan, you should always ask, "I will read about the drug(s) you recommend, but if I feel uncomfortable with the therapy, what other agents are an alternative to your suggestion? " Then you force them to give you a second choice.

      2 months ago

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