A man who was recently diagnosed with cancer and told he could die from his condition may have had an important clue for others: The cancer is actually a form of bone cancer, according to the dentist in charge of the patient’s care.
In a story that aired Sunday on “CBS This Morning,” Dr. Paul Papadopoulos, the chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, said he was given a detailed look at Papadakis’ cancer treatment plan by a family member and by Papadaki himself.
He told the story because Papadopolous was being held up as a poster child for people who didn’t have a good experience with their dentist.
“He was telling us about the pain, the suffering that he was going through, and he was telling me about how important it was to get the diagnosis of cancer right,” Papadinos said.
Papadopoulos also talked to Papadini, the family dentist in his office, and his wife, and the two of them “discussed the possibility that the cancer had metastasized and that the family would need to come down and be a part of that process.”
Papadelli and his family went to see Papados and his doctor last month, after Papadoni had a bone biopsy and told Papadisi about a possibility of cancer.
The cancer had spread to Papadi’s lungs and his liver, which he said could be fatal.
“He’s saying, ‘I don’t know if it’s metastasizing, but I do know that it’s not going to go away,’ ” Papadinis told “CBSThisMorning.”
“That’s the most important thing.
That’s what we’re trying to convey to the family and the patient.
We want them to be confident that this is something that is going to happen to them, that they’re not going go to hell.”
In a statement to ABC News, a spokesperson for the American College of Surgeons said it was the duty of every dentist to provide patients with information that helps them make informed decisions.
“When a patient has a medical condition that is not treatable, we recommend that they seek the services of a licensed health care professional who is knowledgeable about the disease,” the spokesperson said.
“This is particularly important in cases of acute myeloid leukemia or cancer that has spread into bone marrow.
The physician will provide the appropriate care, including testing, treatment and follow-up.”
The American Cancer Association has called for a more accurate picture of how cancer spreads, and for more aggressive screening for cancer.
“As we age, we may be at greater risk of developing certain types of cancers,” said American Cancer Institute President and CEO Nancy E. Wilensky.
“While the diagnosis and treatment of these types of cancer may seem routine, it is important to be vigilant about protecting our health, as they will often result in premature death.”
The family was in disbelief when they heard about the cancer diagnosis.
“They were just like, ‘You’re kidding us?
“It’s just a total shock, really. “
We didn’t think that that could happen to him.””
It’s just a total shock, really.
We didn’t think that that could happen to him.”
Pamela Papaducci is an ABC News correspondent based in Washington, D.C. She covers the intersection of politics, entertainment, technology, and other aspects of the culture wars.
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