Young women and lumps in the breast. Sloppy doctors!!!

@tjades (3594)
Jamaica
April 19, 2008 2:48pm CST
A girlfriend of mine is due a minor operation on Thursday to remove a lump in her breast. She found the lump during a routine self examination and ran to her mother exclaiming that she had cancer (such can be ones reaction when in fright). She went to a doctor and he told her that the lump was nothing to worry about. Now if we know anything about the issue of lump in the breast, it is that it should not be taken lightly. Naturally she was unsatisfied with that response and so she sought a second opinion. That doctor told her the same thing as the first. Still not satisfied she sought a third opinion. That doctor told her to get it checked out right away. She sought fourth and fifth opinions and they both said the same as the third doctor. Young women should not take lumps in their breast lightly so get a biopsy. These visits spanned to approximately a month. She did the biopsy and the lump is not cancerous. It will be removed as I said before on Thursday. My concern is about those first two doctors she went to. How can any doctor tell a woman not to pay attention to a lump in her breast. If my friend was a gullibly person who placed her faith in a doctors diagnosis without question she would be there with that lump which maybe would cotinue to grow and become cancerous. Have you ever had such an experience in relation to your health and the poor advice of a doctor. My doctor is very thorough and even ensures to ask about the last pap smear date and recommend that it be done routinely. As a matter of fact he was the first of the three she went to who told her to look about the lump immediately. To think there are doctors out there who are so sloppy and uncaring as the first two doctors. Have you ever had reason to second guess a doctor. Do you seek the opinions of other doctors in such a case?
1 response
@kezabelle (2985)
19 Apr 08
Well firstly im pleased for your friend that it is not cancer, secondly she should report them but i dont think she will get anywhere they tend to close ranks around their own unfortunatly! We had two bad experiences with a doctor both with my youngest daughter the first at 4 weeks of age I took her as I was concerned with how much she was vomiting and her crying periods were more than just normal colic, she told me I over fed her she was fat and to not feed her so much, I said surely this will make her cry more she said no just do it, I told her she was rude and walked out and sought a second opinion then and there this dr diagnosed her with bad reflux and changed her milk within 24 hours she was a different baby!! Second time she was 18 months and I knew she wasnt well and the dr refused to see her at the surgery despite her having a temp of well over 39 and she was just screaming by the next morning I was so distraught for her I took her to hospital and she had a perforated ear drum they said she should have been seen earlier and if she had been seen when I first asked antibiotics could have stoped it perforating. Without the antibiotics from the hospital she could well have been deaf in that ear now, drs are only human and can make mistakes so if you are ever unsure a second opinion should always be sought
@tjades (3594)
• Jamaica
19 Apr 08
Hi Kezabelle. I am happy to hear that your daughter did not go deaf. I know that doctors are human and are bound to make mistakes but I also think that there are somethings which should be of such basic knowledge to them that they do not end up causing the patient more hurt. For example instead of telling my friend not worry tell her to do a biopsy. In your case a doctor should never just look at a baby and diagnose them but do some sort of examination. If they are unable to deal with you properly then they should do the basics and refer you. These things can cause a persons life.