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June 20, 2011

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Carol Ann Rice Rafferty

No, you did not mess up. Welcome to the human race.

Being the person with cancer is a much different position than being the person with years of knowledge about cancer. No one can make a guarantee that any procedure will work in your body. In the end you are the one who takes the responsibility and lives or dies with the outcome of the choice.

A sincere apology should be enough to suffice anyone's hurt feelings. If the doctor has an ounce of compassion they should be able to imagine that a person who is confronted with life and death decisions will at times be very emotional.

I wish you health and happiness in whatever choice you select.

I sincerely hope that you and your doctor are able to rise above this one incident to preserve the professional relationship between doctor and patient.

Jan Hasak

Everyone can have a bad day now or then. The doctor could have been cut off in traffic or had a personal problem. It doesn't mean that this kind of exchange will continue. She has not messed up, but she shouldn't write off the doctor just yet.

Mike Abrams

Doctors, like everyone else, have bad days and sometimes let their emotions get the best of them.

That being said, having this type of response towards someone who endured the risk and trials of a SCT seems difficult to accept.

I received these types of responses, but the stakes were not as high at the time. I did change doctors as a result.

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