Dr. Wendy Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, cancer survivor, and award-winning and best-selling author of books about cancer: Healthy Survivorship, recovery and late effects, and raising children when a parent has cancer. She is also a public speaker, patient advocate, and mother of three.
My June 20th post shares the dilemma of a patient whose long-time doctor disagreed with her assessment of the best treatment for her and cut their conversation short. Why might her doctor have done this?
A commenter wrote "[A]ll of your suggestions here seem to protect the ego of the doctor.... I do sometimes feel that I need to "arm" myself. It's not the way it should be but, unfortunately, sometimes it is the way things are."
Many things in modern medicine are not the way they should be, such as waiting in a cold exam room for physicians who are running late. What's a Healthy Survivor to do?
In my June 8th post, I share my discomfort with the notion of "arming yourself with ammunition" to encourage your physician to prescribe a specific treatment regimen. Any words and actions that suggest an adversarial stance threaten a healing clinician-patient bond.
Here are some options for making your case in healing ways: