Interview 28 - Lung cancer
Age at interview: 58
Age at diagnosis: 55
Brief outline: Fire-fighter (retired), divorced, 2 children.
Background: Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2000, followed by pneumonectomy (right lung removed) in April 2000.
- Age at interview:
- Age at diagnosis:
- Fire-fighter (retired), divorced, 2 children.
How was communication between you and the doctors?
Um' Not too bad actually. I had one problem with one doctor initially before I had my op and I stormed, I stormed out of his office. I mean my son and my daughter could not believe what I'd done. My son said to me, "You can't do that," I said, "Well I've done it," I said, "I just wasn't prepared to talk to him." Because he'd given me what I thought was a totally different diagnosis to what the original specialist had given me. But I think he was just talking a little bit more technical than what I understood. I did meet him again at the hospital later on and he did explain to me that we'd sort of got off on the wrong foot and we sorted all you know our differences out.
Were you upset because you felt he was speaking a language you didn't understand?
No I think it was because he was, originally he was telling me there was more wrong than what, I felt he was telling me there was more wrong than what there really was. And it was like, it was like he'd just hit me on the head with a sledge hammer and I just blew my top. And that's how it affects you to start with you get very; like your emotions are all over the place and you can lose your temper very quickly.
Yeah he just started talking to me a little bit too technical I think and it was words that I just did not understand, words I'd never even heard of before. And this is one of the problems. I think they need to be very, doctors and consultants need to be very basic with the patients. I mean we're not doctors, we don't know do we, we only know how we feel. So if they can explain it in more layman's terms the better it is.
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