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by Desarrollo 4

When the time of a cancer diagnosis arrives, it might be confusing and frightening and therefore hard to take decisions about treatment options. It is very important for a successful outcome to find a doctor who has experience with your type of cancer and the treatment that best suits you.

Many people seek the knowledge and advice of more than one doctor to confirm a diagnosis and evaluate treatment options. This is called a second opinion and all people should go for it

Getting a second opinion is never a bad idea. But there are instances in which you absolutely need one, like:

  • If you have any doubts about your doctor or don´t get along with him or her.
  • If your doctor doesn´t have much experience treating your cancer.
  • If you have a rare type of cancer.

Asking for a second opinion may help you feel more comfortable with the health care decisions you make. And it will be very helpful to get more information like:

  • Confirmation of diagnosis
  • Additional details about the type of cancer and its stage, such as a description of where the cancer is located, whether cancer has spread and whether it is affecting other parts of the body.
  • Perspective from experts in different oncology disciplines, such as medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology.
  • Other treatment options, in situations in which the doctor disagrees with the original diagnosis or the proposed treatment plan.
  • What clinical trials are open to you. These are research studies involving people.

You also play an important role at the moment of receiving information.  Take into consideration this advice for your next appointment at the hospital.

  • Take notes during the consultation. Writing down the information you learn allows you to review it later.
  • Take another person to the appointment with you to help you remember the discussion with the doctor.
  • Ask questions, including requests for clarification if the doctor says something that you don´t understand. It is important to feel confident that you have the information you need to make the best treatment decision.

No matter how much you like or trust your oncologist, it’s natural to wonder if something was missed or if a new treatment is available. If you have any doubts, get a second opinion. At Cancun Oncology Center we will be happy to assist you, make your appointment.

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