About: Western General Hospital / Medical Oncology Western General Hospital Medical Oncology EH4 2XU
Posted by 23apples (as ),
I'm afraid to say, I think the medical oncology doctors I came into contact with need to go back to medical school and complete the module on "breaking bad news". I am completely dumb founded by the huge lack of empathy and emotional intelligence exhibited by the doctors on the oncology wards. You would expect these professionals to be well skilled in giving bad news and understanding the emotional toil cancer wars but my mothers doctors were appalling. They kept repeatedly telling her she was dying in the most clumsy and offensive language. Came to a point when I had to take them aside and politely explain she knew she was dying (as she'd told them before when she was repeatedly missdiagnosed) and to basically shut up! I spoke with many patients on the wards and they'd all had similar experiences. They were all shocked by the brutal lack of compassion and felt they were treated like a case and not a person. People near the end of life deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and compassion. If the onco doctors can't do this, they need to change careers or at least speciality.