After her complaints were dismissed by physician, actress seeks second opinion and gets devastating diagnosis
A woman claims her doctor only saw her weight — and completely missed her cancer.
Amanda Lee had spent months living with severe stomach pain and gastrointestinal distress.
The pain made it difficult for her to eat, so much so that she rapidly lost 35 pounds.
The then-27-year-old actress eventually got an appointment to see a local gastroenterologist near her Los Angeles home last February.
She described her pain and symptoms, but the doctor’s response wasn’t exactly what she wanted to hear.
“He said, ‘Maybe it’s not such a bad thing’ that I couldn’t eat because of my pain,” Lee told TODAY Health.
“He was praising the fact that I was not eating.”
The doctor went on to tell Lee she “doesn’t look malnourished” and called her ability to only eat simple foods like apple purées a “blessing.”
He didn’t run any tests; instead, he wrote her a prescription for a urinary tract infection, something Lee’s pharmacist even questioned.
Lee left the appointment in tears, got to her car and turned to TikTok to share her experience.
“I’ve been dealing with abdominal cramping for months now and no doctor will listen to me, so I thought I’d go to this new GI doctor that I had to fight for, and I told him that I hadn’t been eating because it causes pain and I have pain when I eat,” Lee sobbed.
“He looked at me and had the audacity to say, ‘Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.’ I’m so upset. I’m so upset.”
The video currently has over 103,000 views on TikTok, and commenters urged Lee to seek out a new doctor.
Lee did just that and the new doctor scheduled her for a colonoscopy right away.
It was soon uncovered that there was a large tumour in her colon that was most likely cancerous, and she had to undergo surgery to remove it.
Lee was then diagnosed with stage 3A colon cancer, because it had spread to her lymph nodes.
She’s currently undergoing chemo and while she admitted it’s hard, she said, “It’s a small price to pay for a long life.”
Now, she wants others to learn from her experience and fight for themselves if they think something is wrong.
“I’m not saying the cancer outcome is normal. That’s not normal,“ she said.
”But the way he handled the situation is normal, and it is way too common. It’s barbaric and something our medical system needs to change.”