You will also ask why such frostbitten and greedy gravediggers and, in general, everyone who feeds on ritual services. They do not hesitate to openly rob their grief-stricken relatives, openly speculate on the tragedy, being de facto marauders. Because in this business (as well as in crime) there are people of a specific warehouse, with reduced empathy and increased greed. At least not all doctors are like that.
Maybe not quite the exact word "frostbitten", rather indifferent or even soulless, but otherwise I agree. I ran into them when my mother got sick. Sympathy and compassion cannot be expected. I thought that only in our hospital there are none.
Igor, your words "greedy", "frostbitten", "give hope" are contradictory and categorical, completely untrue, if we talk about oncologists in general.
If we proceed from the fact that a cancer patient and his relatives themselves, first of all, beg for hope from the doctor, but here there are no comments at all. And the oncologist acts professionally: while a person is alive, hope must also live.
First. Greed is an exaggeration. If I thank the doctor in monetary terms (although I can replace it with any other gift), then I will be pleased if the doctor does not refuse. Otherwise I would not have tried to give a gift. I won't notice anything greedy if the gift is accepted. It's just that this matter is voluntary and depends on the character of the patient, on his mentality. For example, I just love to make gifts (I try to pay at the cash register in the pharmacy or in the supermarket for the grandmother standing in front, for the disabled person, if with a friend, I pay for all her purchases - otherwise the day was wasted).
And to the doctor - all the more for granted for me. And patients personally do not have to thank the oncologist - they do the right thing if they do not consider it necessary for themselves. What problems?
Second. There are clinics where a cancer patient is treated at the patient's expense. There are three components: the cost of drugs, payment for doctors, service in the clinic. And today, such clinics help those patients who were previously recognized as hopeless, and the price of such victories is high. The development of new anticancer drugs requires huge sums and someone has to invest them. Therefore, the pharmaceutical company must return part of the investment due to the high cost of the drug in order to continue its work.
Therefore, cancer patients have to look for the necessary amount on their own, through relatives, good friends, social networks, chats, charities. Even the wealthiest patients are forced to do this. And this is not in the pocket of a potential oncologist, mind you.