Women and their doc­tors

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Fe­male pa­tients: It’s not ‘all in your head,’ Opin­ion, July 26

Thir­teen years ago, I be­gan to ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms that led me to be­lieve I had lym­phoma.

I vis­ited sev­eral male doc­tors and they all dis­missed my con­cerns. I was re­ferred to a top ENT and dragged my hus­band along for sup­port.

Af­ter ex­plain­ing my symp­toms, I asked if he thought I had lym­phoma. He looked at my hus­band, rolled his eyes and said, “You don’t have lym­phoma, you have al­ler­gies and if I treat them, you will be fine.”

My hus­band was shocked that a doc­tor would treat any­one in such an in­sult­ing man­ner.

I fi­nally saw a doc­tor who lis­tened to me. He sent me for a scan and sadly, I had stage IV, non-Hodgkin lym­phoma.

I sent a let­ter to the ENT ex­plain­ing my di­ag­no­sis and that I hoped he would lis­ten more re­spect­fully to his fe­male pa­tients in the fu­ture. Lau­rie S. Adami Santa Mon­ica

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