• Consultants

    Asked by sweffling on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    Consultants

    Are we allowed to discuss our consultants and the treatment they give us on this site?

    8 Answers from the Community

    8 answers
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I probably would not call them by name, but otherwise, i have never seen any topic that wasn't allowed here.

      5 months ago
    • sweffling's Avatar
      sweffling

      Thank you for that:) I really wanted to discuss particular consultants because I am having trouble and want to get another opinion, but I understand the need for reticence in these litigious days!

      5 months ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      You neednt mention names. Just about everyone agrees on the wisdom of getting a 2nd opinion. You need to be able to have faith in what you are allowing.

      I had a different cancer but, I soufht 8 opinions prior to accepting s treatment. I had selected new drugs that I wanted which were said to be 95% effective for what I had. 1/2 the doctors did not want to use them. Some of the doctors had dirty offices. 2 patted me on the head and told me not to worry little lady (ugh) as though I was John Wayne's pet horse.

      Best wishes

      5 months ago
    • sweffling's Avatar
      sweffling

      Oh my goodness, what experiences! I admire you for your persistance and hope all is going well for you:)

      5 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      @geekling is absolutely correct that we all agree that second (third, fourth) opinions are preferred. It is YOUR life and you have to be comfortable with the medical professional who is going to be treating you.

      If your doctor/consultant (not sure I fully understand) is worth his salt, he or she will not only not care, but will encourage you to seek another opinion or two. None of them are God. In my opinon you want one that realizes that :)

      We have an oncology nurse here, @carm. She is a wealth of knowledge and may be able to answer specific questions if you have some. (Others may well be able to answer as well.)

      We're happy to help however we can.

      5 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar
      SandiA

      Hi! I got a second opinion. It actually wasn’t my choice but my surgeon was at one university facility and my oncologist was at another. My surgeon set up a meeting with the team at his facility. I explained I already had an oncologist and he completely understood but wanted me to have lots of options when it came to treatment decisions. So I went to the second opinion. I told my oncologist what I was doing and he completely understood. Actually knew the other guy and valued his opinion. So I know that’s a long way of saying yes get a second opinion. Please let us know if we can help in any way! I know personally that I had to feel completely comfortable with my doctor.

      5 months ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar
      barryboomer

      Why not? Let's hear it.

      5 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I am the Community Manager and yes it's OK to discuss. I wouldn't bring up names, especially if you're going to do any Doctor bashing. But we routinely discuss our doctors and the treatments that they are prescribing for us. This is one of the purposes of this site, to allow all of us to connect, compare, share, ask questions, and get support. So, like Barry said.....let's hear it!

      5 months ago

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