So you get to be the recipients of the madness.
Let’s start by saying that when I saw the trailer for the 60 Minutes report, I knew no good could come from it.
I’ve never been anything more than ambivalent about 60 Minutes. Mom & dad like it (not so much anymore) but I really don’t care…not really a “news magazine” kinda gal. But, Duke, Cancer Study, controversy…well, all were things I was NOT unaware of. And I thought…no good can come from this.
Honestly, I’ve never met anyone who was involved in a 60 Minutes story before. Suffice it to say, that is fine with me and I don’t care to, ever again. I am NOT defending 60 Minutes. Quite the contrary. I believe they did the same kind of journalism in this case that all the sensationalist journalism outlets do. Pray on your pity to carry the story, vilifying anyone in the wake of the “truth”. Oh. Truth…well, if it doesn’t enhance the WOW factor or raise eyebrows further…never mind the truth.
So, before my cruise, our oncologist was the focus of a 60 Minutes story. Here’s the Huff Post link to the story on the story…and I guess the video is embedded in there: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/13/anil-potti-duke-cancer-fraud-university-research_n_1273264.html
I was distressed about the expose, however it was NOT news to me. I read all about it online. Go ahead. Google Anil Potti. Read the info from Duke. It’s public knowledge. I met the man, judged him based on his level of care for my dad and picked him over other doctors. Yes, I totally trust him. PRESENT TENSE.
Well, I was glad to see him in the office the Tuesday after the story aired. I just wondered how long he’d be “invisible” since they posted the name of the cancer center on line.
Let’s make something clear: Dr. Anil Potti was giving HIGH QUALITY care to his patients. 60 Minutes never ASKED any of the patients he was seeing about him. None of us knew or were asked about what we thought of him. He wasn’t doing anything fancy. No magic studies. Just chemotherapy. That’s it. But what he WAS doing was caring for the patient, the family and the well being of the overall group. He approached his practice with this mindset: What would I do if it were MY family member? He told us that on multiple occasions.
60 Minutes does this “piece” on the study that he “fudged” numbers on. (Sorry for the yucky grammar there). It does sound bad. And everyone is up in arms about him “lying” on his resume. OKAY…STOP RIGHT THERE. Take out your resume. Please confirm to me that every line in it is not only true, but it is a verifiable fact. I can call your boss, your previous bosses, I can test your knowledge. You *are* exactly what you represent on your resume. 100%. No stretch of the truth in any way. If that’s so….you’re one person. EVERYONE stretches the truth on their resume. Come ON.
Today, I met with another doctor at the cancer center. We brought up Dr. Potti. The other doctor confirmed it was quite the raw deal that Dr. Potti, and the cancer center got. Here are some interesting facts:
- Duke knew about the 60 Minutes piece but never reached out to “warn” anyone of what they were saying.
- 60 Minutes also never warned anyone…we’re really a pretty small town down here. It’s kinda devastating to a whole community to take out someone who is treating the community…not like NYC where every 3rd person is an oncologist…
- Duke was actually kinda “fighting” with another area university cancer center about this study.
- Dr. Potti only admitted 3 patients to the study in question. Two of them are still alive. The woman mentioned in the expose was terminal. Not that I want anyone to die…but she was at the end of her time.
- Oh, did I mention that Dr. Nevins, the “appalled” doctor on screen admitted the rest of the 115 or so patients.
- Although the state of South Carolina revoked Dr. Potti’s privileges to practice medicine, they reinstated them two days later.
- Best of my knowledge, the state of North Carolina has NOT revoked privileges at all.
None of Dr. Potti’s patients complained about the care they received. However, the cancer center could not keep up with the volume of “hate email” they received. That’s just totally cool. So all of you who sent hate email to them…SHAME ON YOU! I mean…You’ve basically turned my dad’s cancer care on it’s ear.
The new oncologist is fine. He is very nice. However, he doesn’t know my dad like Dr. Potti does. Dr. Potti wanted my dad to get well so that he could sing for him…he wanted my dad to get well so that he’d enjoy eating again.
There are times in life where you should not have to go through upheaval. During cancer treatment is one of them. Now, if Dr. Potti was actually harming people. Doing damage…truly harming ANYONE, I would say to remove him from the picture. Please.
I’ve never met anyone who thought Dr. Potti was doing them harm. Okay. One patient died. Guess what. We’re all gonna die. Some sooner than others. Some because of this horrible disease.
Even the nimrod from Duke said that he didn’t believe that Dr. Potti did anything for the “love of making money” although the reporter (geez, it was Scott Pelley…shame on you Scott Pelley! SHAME! CHECK YOUR FACTS AGAIN!) tried to get someone to say that was the driving force. Dumbass from Duke actually said that Dr. Potti’s driving desire was to HELP PEOPLE. Hmm. A doctor that wants to HELP PEOPLE. Wow. That’s news.
So, why am I blogging? I want justice – in that I want a doctor that went out of his way to help my dad and my family recognized for what he did in HELPING PEOPLE. Instead of having the world question why I would “entrust” him with caring for my dad…I want the world to know that he is a GOOD doctor. With his patients needs clearly at heart. Go to the local doc in the box and tell me that you feel the same way about the doctor you see. Step into a hospital and tell me that you don’t feel as if you’re a number or a bar code.
Dr. Anil Potti NEVER made us feel like that. And, by the way, his cancer was being managed. Not cured. There’s no cure for cancer, in case you haven’t heard.
Maybe the power of Social Media can compel 60 Minutes to come back and do an expose of what REALLY happened…and maybe apologize to the multiple cancer patients (well over the 3 that Dr. Potti admitted to the study in question) helped by this wonderful man.
I say maybe CBS needs to re-visit what 60 Minutes does. If nothing else, we deserve the opportunity to speak our piece, since his “detractors” got their moment in the sun.