Lakeland Neurological Institue Complaint - Refusal Of Terminally Ill Cancer Patient

Review by LET DOWN on 2008-03-14
LAKELAND, FLORIDA -- I am a stage 4 "non-hodgekins lymphoma (indolent form)patient"... I have an oncologist from moffit, a primary doctor, an orthopedic surgeon,and was suggested to get a pain management specialist for ongoing/underlying cancer conditions... I explained to his receptionist, his administrator, and then doctor [snip] that I was 1 of 10,000 people to get what I have at age 44.. I am now 47 and when I explained to each of them my " fight for life ".

** [Snip] ** responded to me by saying I want no part in participating in your treatment at all !!! (I must ask everyone.. Aren't most doctor's suppose to help treat then discard terminally ill patients ???

I was given 3-5 years to live, nothing wrong with trying to live and get proper treatment is there ???
Comments:3 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-03-14
Posted by Principissa on 2008-03-14:
I am so sorry that you have this horrible disease at such a young age. Unfortunately if a doctor feels he will not be able to care for you properly he can refuse to treat you. He may have a huge caseload and cannot take on anymore patients without risking that they will not be given the time and attention they need. He could have been more tactful and explained this to you politely rather than make you feel like a burden. If you really feel that you were mistreated than I strongly urge you to lodge a formal complaint with your state medical board so they can do an investigation. I do hope that you find another pain management specialist. Good luck.
Posted by Starlord on 2008-03-14:
I can truly identify with you, Let Down. I got my left leg broken at the knee in 1992 in a fight with a former Marine on PCP on my job in California. Through five surgeries, I suffered crippling pain, and the doctors kept telling me I was imagining it. In 2000, I told my regular doctor I had to do something about the pain, as I was ready to use my .45 calibre pain killer. A week later, he got me in to see Dr. Mohammed Qureshi, or 'Dr. Q' as his lab coat proclaims. Within five minutes of metting me, he told me what the problem was, and that there was a treatment. I had Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a condition first identified in the Civil War. Over the next three weeks, I got three injections in the spine and about a dozen down the left leg. The pain went away. at least about 98% of it. I do hope you find a Dr. Q. I agree with what Princi said, and I think it is a rotten shame, but I can see her point. I know I had developed a real hatred for doctors for depriving me of eight years of my life. Good luck, my friend.
Posted by MSCANTBEWRONG on 2008-03-14:
I'm very sorry to hear of your illness. You may try to contact Cancer Treatment Centers of America. http://www.cancercenter.com/lymphoma.cfm
God Bless you and your family.

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