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Concerned Daughter of Patient
Posted on August 12th, 2010
My dad has pancreatic cancer and we were referred to Dr Schmidt because of his expertise and knowledge in this field, which I do not doubt is extensive; however, he has a lot to learn in treating 'the whole patient'. I was not present for my dad's first appointment with Dr Schmidt, but I did attend the 2nd post-operative appointment and was very much looking forward to meeting him. I am sad to say that I was very disappointed - Dr Schmidt seemed like he was in a big hurry and the appointment seemed extremely rushed, looking back I am sorry that I did not address this issue during the appointment, but my mom and I were somewhat flabbergasted by his seemingly manic bedside manner. Five days after the appointment my dad taken a turn for the worse - he has a history of depression - and my mom and I both felt very strongly that he needed to meet with a counselor. We both placed several phone calls to his office expressing our concern and asking for a return phone call, neither of which happened until later the next day and only because I expressed extreme disappointment in Dr Schmidts ability to take his messages seriously. I did end up speaking with him again the conversation seemed very rushed - and ended with him promising to call me back by noon that day with some names of experienced counselors in our area. It is currently almost 24hours later and I have yet to hear from him. The family is currently looking for a new oncologist. When speaking with friends and family who have had to also face a terminal cancer diagnosis, their advice has always been to stay positive, make sure that all of my dads needs are addressed appropriately and timely; unfortunately, Dr. William Gert Schmidt, Jr. has a great deal of improving to do in this area; at least that was our experience.
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