In a very sad story, Bronte Doyne, a teenager in Great Britain, was convinced that her fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma had returned and she went to her doctor for assistance with potential treatments. A number of different doctors told her that she should stop self diagnosing herself and she should not choose to google her symptoms. According to Dr. Daniel Amen, they dismissed her and sent her on her way. It was just over one week later that Dyone passed away from her cancer, which indeed, had come back. Doyne’s family had supported her questioning and concerns, citing many reputable sources on the internet that explained reasons why they believed her cancer may have returned. Doctors just were not interested.
While this is a very sad situation, there is a lesson to be learned here. Many people are very in tune with their body and often can recognize when
something is very wrong. This is especially true for someone that has dealt with a health issue in the past and already know what symptoms to watch out for and recognize. Many doctors will not take patients seriously and simply send them on their way if they even mention they are concerned because of something they have read on the internet. On the other hand, there are doctors who will take a patient seriously and run tests if they see fit. If one doctor does not want to spend time addressing concerns or issues that a patient has, that patient should move on to another doctor who will be more understanding and helpful. Had Doyne’s doctors done that, she might still be here today.