I'm a GP. My partner at work (there are 6 of us) has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer with secondaries. All the remaining partners are devastated. Have to go in tomorrow and tell my staff a rough idea of what is going on(he's still undergoing tests and doesn't want too much said until, after this) and also have to deal with patients who won't understand when we say he's on indefinite leave. He's just 60, an amazing colleague and GP. life is not fair
Very sad. Also, because of your occupation, you and his colleagues will have a very good understanding of what this means for him, as well as the difficulty of explaining to your patients, who won't. A sad and difficult situation for you all.
I'm so sorry. I once heard this radio program where a GP told of a story when a patient had asked if there was a patient's association for people with pancreatic cancer, and he (the gp) had sadly had to admit there was none, because there were no survivors - nobody was around sufficiently long time to start a patient support group...
I am sorry for you and your colleague. I think the best thing to do is not to tell his patients anything specific, just say he's retired suddenly due to ill health, or even just 'retired.' At 60 I doubt any of them will think it unusual and he doesn't owe his patients an explanation.
Very sorry to hear about your colleague my Grandad had it and it was ferocious, no hope of treatment. At least he was 79 and had lead a full life, 60 is no age at all. I lost my Mum at that age and it's just too young. All you can do is be there to support your friend and colleague as much as possible.
Very sorry. We lost my MIL 3 years ago to this dreadful illness. DH and I didn't really have any idea about what a horrific diagnosis it was - she did as she was a GP herself. It is a sneaking horrible cancer. She had mets in her lungs, liver and bones by the time she was diagnosed.
Good luck supporting your partner and telling the staff. So horrible.
My mum.died very suddenly of pancreatic cancer. I was told its hard to treat as few symptoms until quite advanced . It's a horrible disease. We have just been told two colleagues have breast cancer. It certainly puts things in perspective.