two very long weeks part 2

05/10/2009 at 5:37 AM Leave a comment

I may have one or several talks with the patient before we know what we are dealing with. The initial one is awkward, I call them into the office, they know something bad has happened before I say anything. Once the issues I mentioned in yesterday’s blog are done, we deal with the immediate issues. Who to tell. I am of the opinion that you tell the people that matter. Now, not tomorrow, not after we know the results. There is no way to hide this, to pretend it away. And if these people matter, they want to know, they need to know and they will offer the comfort and support that will be essential to get through these ‘two weeks’.

Then there is issues of sleep, pain, anxiety which I can deal with fairly easily. The spouse needs to be considered, they may well have similar symptoms. I give ‘permission’ to the patient to talk about what they are going through but also to end the discussion when it is enough. 

If possible I will get the results of the biopsy as soon as they are available. If positive I will let the specialist tell them because they will have more answers about the details than I will, but if negative ( NO Cancer!) then there is no need for the patient to wait until their appointment to hear the good news.

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Two very long weeks Did I really say to do that?

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