In America, prostate cancer patients suffer when profit comes first

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8 Responses to “In America, prostate cancer patients suffer when profit comes first”

  1. Rick Adams says:

    Xeni, you’re like the best thing to happen to cancer awareness since the x-ray.

  2. crenquis says:

    The other problem with these IMRT therapy centers that Urology Groups create is that they often only have the minimal medical physicist supervision required by the regulators.  It probably isn’t a question of IF a bunch of people receive incorrect treatment as a question of WHEN it is going to happen…

  3. Marios P. says:

    Patients always suffer since profit always comes first.

    • awjt says:

      Yes it does.  I work with health care data every day, and unequivocally, this is true.  The current system makes it true.  Patients are dead.  I was going to write dead last, but might as well just say, “Patients are dead.”

  4. margaretpoa says:

    I used to be a data base administrator with an enormous prostate cancer study and when the economy hit the skids, the Congress gutted our study and they closed down all of the sites but one. All of us were given one month of severance pay and told to take a hike. A few months later, one of those people who voted to gut the study was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The irony drips.

    It took me 28 months to find a job and when I did, it was for roughly half what I was making and I’m now doing the same thing I was doing when working my way through college: Operating bindery equipment. I don’t like to wish bad things on people but it’s hard for me to wish the good Senator a speedy recovery.

  5. Randy Scott says:

    Diagnosed with prostate cancer at 49, I now know more about the disease than I ever wanted to know.  Most men will develop prostrate problems/cancer.  Usually this occurs later in life than in my case.  Doctors tend to over treat the problem.  Urologists generally recommend surgery, as they are surgeons, which removes the cancer with the side effects of impotence and incontinence.  This is the treatment I chose.  I still get the feeling, half hard, with no sticky stuff.  I’ve tried Viagra, hoping for a 3 1/2 hour erection, but that only gives me a headache.  I have an understanding bride of 32 years.  When the cancer metastasizes, beam radiation is the popular treatment. I consulted with a radiologist after my PSA numbers were still high after the prostatectomy.  Beam radiation treatment would be a 9 week, daily, treatment program.  It seems to me that the radiologist should have been paid more that the urologist.  Hey, if anyone has any questions about prostrate cancer and are afraid to ask, ask me.  I will give you the straight scoops and may get graphic.  
    For Xeni, I lost my sister to breast cancer.  She was 46, a loving mother of two, and an accomplished classical musician.  Lots of love.  I pray for you daily.

  6. doggo says:

    Every aspect of America suffers when profit comes first. From elections to janitorial service, wherever the bottom line is the first and most important consideration, quality suffers. Quality of life, quality of service, civil rights, you name it. Corporate culture, the shielding of personal responsibility by corporate structures, and sociopathic greed are tearing the United States, and the world, to pieces. And it seems like it’s getting worse.

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