Cancer nonsense

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I read Dr Ian Macadam’s letter (12 June) with disbelief. His idea that every cancer patient should be advised not to have children was bad enough. To then suggest that those suffering from this dreadful disease should be bought off with a £1,000 “cash reward” for doing so beggars belief.

I sincerely hope he is not a medical doctor. If he is, it is worrying, to say the least, that he pedals such utter nonsense and I am delighted not to be in his care. I suggest he keeps his own counsel if he has nothing sensible to add to the debate and let cancer patients get on with dealing with the practical side of life, which may or may not 
include having children, no matter the cost to the public purse of schooling them – another idiotic concern he has.

I was diagnosed with colon cancer in March and have just come out of a meeting with the Genetic Service at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital. I was told that those suffering from my type of cancer get this “usually by chance”.

Dr Macadam will no doubt be relieved that I, as a 49-year-old father of three, have completed my breeding programme. Or perhaps he is disappointed I found out too late to have his suggested vasectomy and have now polluted this country with other potential victims. I have also, in his fantasy world, missed out on my cash prize for not having children.

He should keep his ideas to himself and let me and all other cancer patients get on with fighting this disease without ridiculous distractions like his letter.

Stuart Riddell

Bonaly Wester

Edinburgh