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Topic: Notes from the attendance of Society of Surgical Oncology

I attended several sessions pertaining to the treatment of liver disease.  These are the ones pertaining to our cancer.

This symposium demonstrated again,  the importance of consulting with several physicians in order to obtain second, or more opinions in re: to treatment options.  One would want to consult with those physicians with the highest familiarity of bile duct cancer.

One physician pointed out the significance of the CA 19-9 tumor being considered in the diagnoses of bile duct cancer.  He mentioned patients being treated for lung cancer when in fact, the diagnoses was bile duct cancer.  In his opinion, never should there be diagnoses of

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Re: Notes from the attendance of Society of Surgical Oncology

Thanks for the summary, Marion.  I am glad that they talked about the so called "bedside manner" of physicians.

After my resection failed, one of my oncologists woke me up from a drugged morphine induced snooze to basically tell me that he was sorry, that there was no hope for a cure.  The indignity of it was that he charged be for the "visit".  Baa humbug!

Re: Notes from the attendance of Society of Surgical Oncology

Lisa....I have amended my posting.  You are one of the cases these physicians have talked about; the insensitivity of doctors when communicating with their patients.  I have been told by doctors from various specialities that in all their conferences this issue comes up and that efforts are being made in teaching and training the art of communication with their patients.  It could not come soon enough.

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Re: Notes from the attendance of Society of Surgical Oncology

Thanks for all the information Marion. I too agree. There were several incidents I recall where I felt the doctors were very insensitve. One in particular stays with me, when a doctor looked at him & said there is nothing we can do can't you see that he is wasting (away). Said to the family in the room with my husband present. Needless to say, very insensitive & upsetting to all of us.  It is good that this is being addressed.

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Re: Notes from the attendance of Society of Surgical Oncology

Great report Marion and you really are too kind. I wish everyone could meet you to see the dedication and the heartfelt look on your face and how you are so committed to killing this monster. We are so uplifted by you and honestly it was a pleasure to meet you and be with you! Thanks to you and the wonderful Board for all they do.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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