This response to the Commentary by Alex Hardy (June 26) is not meant in any way to minimize his fears and pain and the feelings of frustration that he suffered because of the controversy over euthanasia.
I have survived cancer twice and understand his fears and know the pits of radiation and chemotherapy. I read and reread his letter and felt sad for this man I never even knew.
However, lest any future cancer victims be concerned by reading of Mr. Hardy's unfortunate lack of satisfactory one-on-one medical communication, I feel that I must speak up for those of us who have had a positive experience, and certainly in defense of the "evasive, mumbling, equivocal and fatuous Newport Beach oncologists, who seem totally incompetent in human relations." Not so!
These are our dedicated doctors in a highly specialized profession, spending their working hours with cancer patients in various desperate stages, running a constant battle with death. They do not have all the answers, and they are not all necessarily masters of psychology.