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Upcoming Session: Empowering Patients: Speak Up For Your Health
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm ET
To submit questions in advance, please email them to [email protected].
During the call on May 11, panelists will discuss a fictional case study.
- Kathryn is a 42-year-old real estate agent and mother of two with advanced colon cancer.
- Her oncologist, Dr. G, has recommended an intensive combination of three chemotherapies which may shrink the tumor and allow for surgical removal.
- Surgery is the only chance of cure.
- Kathryn says she will do whatever Dr. G recommends.
- Last week, Kathryn’s chemotherapy appointment was delayed three hours. This was not the first time this had happened. But she didn’t say anything to the nurse or Dr. G. for fear of being “difficult.”
- At a follow-up visit, Dr. G asks Kathryn whether she is experiencing any chemotherapy side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, loss of appetite, or others.
- Kathryn has frequent, debilitating diarrhea but tells Dr. G that she occasionally has mild diarrhea.
- Her husband Michael starts to speak up, but Kathryn interrupts him with a question about surgery.
- Later, Michael tells his best friend that he is concerned about his wife’s ability to tolerate the chemotherapy and is unsure what to do.
- Two days after her next cycle of chemotherapy, Kathryn is admitted to the hospital with severe dehydration, low potassium and weakness.
*This is a fictional case study.