Aug 10, 2010 - 12:41 pm
Question concerning something that has been really nagging at me ever since my brother Michael's diagnois. He had a lump in his neck and went to ENT in Sav, GA sometime in 2005. He told me he thought it might be ear, tonsil, or tooth related (he did not have the best teeth even prior to rad treatment). At that visit the Dr. prescribed him an antibotic & sent him on his way ... no follow up. When almost a yr pasted, lump started growing so big it became noticeable to his friends. One finally called me & said I needed to prod Mike to return to the doctor. Michael when back in for visit ... doc stuck a needle it it & it came back metastatic squamous cell carcinoma. When he scheduled Mike for surgery on a Monday end of May 2009 --- his doctor phoned me here at my office in Charlotte NC (I had fax'd him requesting a call to discuss my brother's operation the coming Monday since I was driving to Sav on Sat morning & wanted to be as informed as possible). What was so shocking to me was in the phone call that Friday (about 2:30 pm)the doctor was ruffling through my brother's charts and made this comment & I quote verbatim ... "did you know your brother saw me about a year ago for lump in the same area?" I answered "yes, I did." He then says, "Well, I don't find anything in his charts where we stuck a needle in it ... I don't know why we didn't stick a needle it it --- it might have been cancer then, but now we'll never know." I was just astonded & mortified! I wanted to shout at him ... "I bet if it was your family, you'd have stuck a damn need it it & would not be wondering now ... Oh, it could have been cancer then, but now we'll never know." But since this same man was going to be cutting on my brother's neck at 7:30 the coming Monday, I simply sat lisenting in stunned silence while he continued to talk about the operation, etc. Does his comment sound appropriate? Is not doing a needle biopsy fairly common? I still get so angry when I recall his statement. I could hardly believe my ears. Really wish that call had been recorded. Thanks all for letting me finally get this nightmare phone call off my chest ... anybody that knows if needle should have been done as protocol, pls advise. Sorry if I have typos etc .. I'm seething right now just recalling this incident.