Re: What would you do?
- From: "DocTCW" <doctcw@xxxxxxx>
- Date: 13 Aug 2006 11:54:16 -0700
You make a valid point re--getting your affairs in order, but you just
proved my point about what doctors are going to tell you. "Three to six
months" is not saying 2 and 1/2 months. 10 weeks, or anything specific.
In pancreatic cancer patients rarely live a year, because when it is
discovered it almost always has metastasized. President Carter is very
active in pancreatic cancer research funding.
Firstly, doctors NEVER, EVER tell patients they only have X amount of
time to live. It is an unwritten rule. If we did, when X month came
around, the patients would be totally lost, give up the ghost, and die.
Besides, we'd be wrong a GOOD deal of the time.
With full respect to your expertise, my exposure to the medical
profession suggests that there is just about nothing doctors will never
do. When my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, she was told x
number of months, could have been 6, I forget. I often hear of people
being told something like "months, not years" or "you need to make
plans; do you know what I'm saying?" (Or, from one guy with terrible
bedside manner, "You know, you really have a lot of tumors.") Horrible
as it sounds, I'd rather have a month estimate. If my expectancy is
really that short, it is useful information to have. If I need to be
saying my goodbyes and getting my ducks in a row legally in a short
period of time, please tell me.
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