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British Mother Diagnosed Her Own Child's Tumour Through Google - February 11th 2010, 06:29 PM

I Think Thats Awful On The GPs Part Personally

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Re: British Mother Diagnosed Her Own Child's Tumour Through Google - February 11th 2010, 06:48 PM

hmm. yeah, first thought is to blame the GP.. but because things like this are so rare and a GP might not come across a single case in their career usually, it's not unusual for GP's to dismiss the mothers concerns. it's sad though, GP's should be more knowledgeable when it comes to diagnosing cancer, especially in children.. and this story sounds pretty similar to what happened to me. my GP told me for over six months that i had 'growing pains' or a 'pulled muscle' when i actually had bone cancer. it's really frustrating but it's difficult to blame GP's when something is so rare. more awareness of rare childhood cancers is needed but good on the mother for not just taking the GP's word and doing her own research.


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Re: British Mother Diagnosed Her Own Child's Tumour Through Google - February 11th 2010, 07:29 PM

Yikes. Sort of makes you thank the lucky stars that we have such easy access to information. That could have easily magnified into the girl's ultimate death. Glad she's okay, and there should definitely be more awareness about childhood cancers...


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Re: British Mother Diagnosed Her Own Child's Tumour Through Google - February 11th 2010, 11:27 PM

This really doesnt surprise me to be quite honest. The NHS, GP's etc arent half imcompetent sometimes.
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Re: British Mother Diagnosed Her Own Child's Tumour Through Google - February 11th 2010, 11:31 PM

I had the opposite, I was told I had cancer when It was just a cyst.


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Re: British Mother Diagnosed Her Own Child's Tumour Through Google - February 12th 2010, 12:16 PM

On principle I feel I ought to disagree with the Daily Fail...
But in this occasion, it seems the bollocks they spew has some merit...at least, it's good that the mother saw this and that the child is safe.
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The moral of the story is ridiculous, they're basically trying to say "Oh, let's all ignore doctors and think we're the ones who're right because screw the fact that they have medical degrees and we don't, I think google knows more than the doctors. This makes compelete and utter sense. +1 Idiotification of British Society.

(British due to it being the Daily Fail and all)

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Re: British Mother Diagnosed Her Own Child's Tumour Through Google - February 14th 2010, 07:28 AM

I'm divided on this subject. It's easy to point and blame the GP because obviously he/she has a M.D., did all the schooling and so forth, however, the GP is still human and certain sets of symptoms don't always lead to one disorder, if any. The mother was good and very lucky on this one but as someone who is studying neuroscience, the symptoms that are possible can be minute or so bizarre it sometimes seems one is faking when they're really not. My father had a brain tumour years ago and he was complaining that in one eye, his colour vision would go completely haywire then return to normal over and over. An eye test showed nothing was there but the symptoms still persisted. Could have it been synathesia? Absolutely. However, after the tests showed there was a tumour pressing on the optic nerve, this is the result. He was also having horrible headaches but he did drink a lot so the headaches were hard to point to a cause.

The thing is, this stuff happens many times and two things annoy me about this. First, people blame the doctors as though the doctors should know everything. They don't. Imagine their work, someone seems them who they haven't a clue who you are and you tell them your symptoms. Is it psychiatric or not? Is it this or that? They need to have some skepticism because attention-seeking people do exist as well as addictions to prescription medications. Also, a GP is working in the parameters of COMMON disorders, not in rare ones. Why? Because rare ones don't occur that often and it's more likely to be the more common one. Suppose the doctor diagnosed a patient with the same symptoms as having a brain tumour when really, the child didn't. That's the problem of making symptoms and syndromes more aware, it won't make diagnosing more accurate just by knowing they exist.

Second, these documented errors encourage people to self-diagnose and then go to the doctors presuming they know what's wrong just by reading off a small list of symptoms and criteria.
   
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Re: British Mother Diagnosed Her Own Child's Tumour Through Google - February 14th 2010, 09:52 AM

I wouldn't exactly say it's the doctors fault, because to be completely honest with you a tumour in a four year old isn't the most common thing, and if there is something that comes along that seems like a much more logical and common ailment is it so bad that he assumed it was this? Seriously =/ Doctors aren't super humans, they can't know everything, and bearing in mind that a GP is pretty much unspecialised in any medical area it's more likely to happen.
In the end though the doctor probably should of looked for other solutions, but the mother could of always gone to a different doctor.
   
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Re: British Mother Diagnosed Her Own Child's Tumour Through Google - February 14th 2010, 05:21 PM

Good on the mother. Doctors aren't always right.
   
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