What Patients Really Want
Once again, the incomparable OncRN nails it:
nurse - 'wait, why are we offering this super difficult treatment to this super old person with super crappy disease?'Seldom have I ever seen the point made so cogently. By and large, patients have little to no idea what "treatment" really entails. From chemotherapy, to breast reconstruction, right down the line to the nasty side effects of antibiotics; no one really wants to undergo any of these treatments. They just want their disease to go away, and never come back. They want to feel better, though they may settle just for feeling a little less crappy than they feel now. Rarely will any of our treatments make anyone feel better while they are undergoing them. Patients are taking us at our word that once they recover from the treatment, they will feel better than before. That is why it is so important that we as physicians make pretty damn sure that they will, before we undertake the surgery; the chemo; the radiation; the medications. And we'd better be damned sure to do everything in our power to mitigate the discomfort of the treatment, which starts with recognizing it. Because OncRN has it right: No patient wants treatment.
doctor - 'because she wants treatment'
i so desperately need a game show buzzer for my pocket....because we're sorry - that is incorrect
i have yet to meet a patient who wants treatment.
patients want an outcome.