• How do you know if you should look into another Dr. or Surgeon, etc?

    Asked by LupitaMarie on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

    How do you know if you should look into another Dr. or Surgeon, etc?

    With this XXX Squamous Cell Carcinoma being so darn aggressive, it has been growing within days of biopsy to surgery, and the first and second surgeries have been finding more than they realized was there. As we sit having found another lump and alot of swelling in the area, which in the past hasn't been a good sign, I must sit frantically now waiting 3 more days to see the Surgeon who is 3 hours drive to see if this nightmare is again going to be extended.
    So I pose the question, when should you seek another opinion?

    13 Answers from the Community

    13 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Are you concerned that your are not getting quality medical care, or are you looking for more convenience (i.e. closer to home, faster appointments)? BTW, getting a second opinion is not at all the same things as changing doctors. So I can't offer much help since I really don't understand what it is you are wanting to do or get opinions on.

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      If you're concerned that you're not receiving proper care you should always seek a second opinion.

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      You should seek a second opinion if you think that there may be something that your currenty Dr is missing or if he may not have sufficient experienc with your type of cancer. If you seek a second opinion I would suggest first doing some research and finding a Dr that specializes in your type of cancer and if possible is part of a research hospital or clinic. That way they should be up on the most recent developments in treating your cancer. This may mean traveling a little further but it may well be worth it. As Nancyjac said a second opinion is not ghe same as switching Drs and you may decide that the current Dr can handle the case with a little help for the second opinion Dr. Good Luck

      over 4 years ago
    • LupitaMarie's Avatar
      LupitaMarie

      I'm not worried in the least about my travel time...I guess the second opinion is to feel better about what is being done right here and now....since nothing is being done. Was just frustrated that we are continued to told how aggressive this type of cancer is and to have to wait 3 days, and to boot, this morning he woke up with yet another lump in the area of the original cancer....it's almost like it's growing before our eyes.

      I guess I want to hear...."get him in here now, and lets treat it aggressively!... So instead, we do nothing and with total frustration...must wait.

      over 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      Getting an appomitment 3 days off is very fast. His cancer may be agressive, but that does not necessarily make it a medical emergency like a heart attack or opening a major artery. It is highly unlikely that the "lumps" a new malignant tumors springing up daily. More like they are seromas, or othere edemas that can be causes by lots of different things, some of them not even cancer related. If it is the speed (or lack there of) at which treatment is proceding, getting a second opinion and/or changing doctors is only going to slow the process down.

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      Right now. Even if you didn't have questions about the care you are receiving getting a 2nd opinion is always a good idea. I love my oncology teams but got 2nd opinions every step of the way. Having another set of eyes, and someone with slightly different experiences can help put together a better treatment plan. In each case the 2nd opinion dr agreed with my treatment plan, but had some great suggestions for going forward and genetic testing which were incorporated into my plan.

      over 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde

      Some very good advice already. Frustration with waits is normal, but that doesn't necessarily mean you aren't getting the best care possible. Get a second opinion if you wish, but don't make a change unless you are absolutely sure. It could mean more delays as the new Dr gets up to speed. Can you move closer to this cancer center or another one? Have you expressed your frustration with the waits to your drs? But as many have mentioned, 3 days is not a long wait. My first appointment was supposed to be three weeks and I've read a lot of posts here that list longer times. By all means, research potential changes and get a second opinion if for no other reason but to put your mind at rest, but don't do anything rash.

      over 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      I would rather seek a second opinion early in the process rather than later when you maybe can't do much about a problem. If you feel uneasy about the direction your current team is headed, there's nothing wrong with seeking an additional professional opinion.

      over 4 years ago
    • SMT4's Avatar
      SMT4

      I had a similar problem with my cancer and I got 4 opinions which led me to City of Hope in Duarte CA about 2 hrs for you to drive. I think if there is not a life threatnening emergency like others have said take the oppertunity to seek out the best and reassure your self you are being provided the best care possible.

      over 4 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar
      Harry

      Being unsatisfied with the treatment your husband is getting is an excellent reason to get a second opinion. Second opinions are common and shouldn't cause a problem. If you get a second opinion, you should try one of the major research hospitals. Here is a list from US News and World Report: http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings/cancer I see that the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is number 9 on that list.

      I don't know about 3 days wait. My oncologist saw me yesterday after I told him on Monday about a change in my cancer.

      over 4 years ago
    • BLBragg's Avatar
      BLBragg

      You have received all very good advice here, (as usual for this site) Our doctors moved at what I describe at an alarming pace. Once a diagnosis was made we asked if we could take a "few days off" and our medical oncologist, ENT and medical radiologist all said "NO" and they were emphatic about it. As soon as doubts begin to crop into your mind it is wise to get a second opinion, otherwise you will constantly be looking back and saying, but what if...A second opinion won't hurt and may put your fears and anxieties to rest.

      over 4 years ago
    • vet613's Avatar
      vet613

      It is always good to have another opinion (in my opinion) just for the peace of mind it can bring.

      Best regards and luck,
      vet613

      over 4 years ago
    • LupitaMarie's Avatar
      LupitaMarie

      Thank you so much for all the replies!!! I think I'm just freakin out a little. As always so much other crud going on with the family that just clouds this. Being the main child dealing with my father in this, has just been hard.
      All of your advise has put me a bit at ease. It helps being able to talk about it...ya know.
      So many questions, so many thoughts of what if's can make ya go a little crazy. We are only two months in so we are all in a little shock still and I am trying to get my bearing on this. The good news is, is that he is having his first radiation and chemo today, and tomorrow off to UCLA to have the new lumps looked at and possibly biopsy.
      Trying to take one day at a time....so with that being said...TODAY IS A GOOD DAY! Until my next freak out my new friends....May your day be a good day too :)

      over 4 years ago

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