Direct Response Video Transcript

 

Interpersonal Communication And Relationship Enhancement (I*CARE)
Crossroads
Direct Response
Time: 3:15

 

Mrs. Simpson:
It's come back? Are you sure?

Doctor:
Yes, yes I am sure. I mean there can be no doubt about that. But it actually isn't so bad, because, because...

Mrs. Simpson:
Wait, it isn't so bad?

Doctor:
It's not really so bad. Because I... its come back after many years and with a hormone receptor cancer, that means it will respond to hormone therapy you see.

Mrs. Simpson:
Yes, but for how long will it respond to this therapy?

Doctor:
Well, well, good point. I mean it might respond for, for several years.

Mrs. Simpson:
Several years?

Doctor:
Yes.

Mrs. Simpson:
Several years. That's 3 years. I'm only 55. What am I supposed to do after that?

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Mrs. Simpson:
Are you telling me that in this day and age you can't cure this?

Doctor:
Well, nobody can. Even in this day and age, it's not actually possible to cure the situation. What we can do is control it. We may do that for a good long time.

Mrs. Simpson:
Well that's going to do me a lot of good, now isn't it?

Doctor:
It is going to do you good actually.

Mrs. Simpson:
How?

Doctor:
The hormone treatment will allow you to live with it and people do live with it for a, a... reasonable amount of time.

Mrs. Simpson:
Oh, live with it. Yes. That's easy for you; it's not your life now is it?

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Mrs. Simpson:
It just wasn't worth it, was it? I mean all the hormone treatments and chemo. In the end it just wasn't worth it.

Doctor:
Well, actually it was worth it.

Mrs. Simpson:
Why?

Doctor:
Well, because we know hundreds of thousands of women with breast cancers, just like yours, have had the treatment and have done better on average than people who have not had treatment. So, honestly we can say, who knows where you'd be and how you'd be if you hadn't had the therapy. See what I'm saying.

Mrs. Simpson:
I mean I hear what you're saying but it just doesn't feel like that to me right now. I thought all of this was behind me.

Doctor:
Well, even so.

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Mrs. Simpson:
In fact what really upsets me is that he said it was a muscle strain, a muscle strain and its cancer. You know what I'm going to sue him.

Doctor:
Look, a lot of doctors, might have made that same mistake.

Mrs. Simpson:
Yes, but you know he wasn't taking me seriously at all. He sort of just brushed me off.

Doctor:
Well look at it this way, that pain is actually very common, whereas by comparison recurrence of breast cancer is much rarer than that.

Mrs. Simpson:
But I had breast cancer nearly 8 years ago. The moment that I had back pain he should have ordered that scan.

Doctor:
Well, yes, but look... When there's a little history of a breast cancer and three weeks is nothing. Three weeks or ... longer, it wouldn't have made any difference to the treatment or anything else.

Mrs. Simpson:
Oh, really?

Doctor:
Yeah.

Mrs. Simpson:
Huh! Really, so, let me get this straight. If something really important to you got held up for three weeks like, say, your paycheck, that wouldn't bother you at all?

 

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