Women and their doctors
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