• How do you know that you are getting the best treatment possible for your type of cancer/diagnosis?

    Asked by Lirasgirl33 on Sunday, September 23, 2012

    How do you know that you are getting the best treatment possible for your type of cancer/diagnosis?

    7 Answers from the Community

    7 answers
    • Peroll's Avatar

      I am not sure you can ever know for sure, but I think there are four keys to getting the best treatment for you. First, get a doctor that directs your treatment (in my case my oncologist) that you trust and communicate well with. Second, learn to ask lots of questions and insist on getting answers you can understand. One of the most important questions is what other treatment options are out there. Third, insist that your doctors actually talk to each other not just exchange notes and messages. Talking will insure that they understand what your other doctors are doing and really come to a consensus on treatments. The hospital most of my doctors work out of uses a tumor board that reviews cases with all specialties present so all treatment options get considered. Fourth, do not be afraid to get a second, or even third, opinion. Research centers are good places for second opinions as they usually know more about new trials and treatments. Getting the best treatment possible is work and you have to do most of the work, but a little work will pay off.

      almost 8 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      It is very hard to know but the best places are usually university hospitals. The doctors are paid by the schools and not the hospital so they are a part of the faculty. In order to make tenure, they have to perform at a certain level and produce successful med students. They are a teaching hospital so you are not just a patient, you are their textbook. They need you just as much as you need them. They have to have the latest equipment, know the latest procedures, and do the latest trials. Your case is not put on a pile when you leave after a treatment. It is assigned to a med student who must research your condition and then present his findings and recommendations to a tumor board. There, they will discuss your case with a team of experts. For the doctors who are teaching, and for the students you are a valuable resource and it is in both their interests to bring you to optimal health.

      almost 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      You have to trust your team. That said, do your research and go for second opinions. I love my hospital and medical teams (for both my cancers) but i got 2nd opinions every step of the way. The doctor's reviewed my case/cases and determined that on a whole they agreed with my treatment plans, they also provided value insight on genetic testing etc which my team is following up on.

      almost 8 years ago
    • jenniferk's Avatar

      You cant know. Just remember as the patient you have options. If something just doesn't feel right with your doctor during treatment or you decide you dont like them during treatment you can change doctors. I had to and it made the process much easier. You are going to see them lots during treatment dont use a doctor that adds stress to an already stressful time.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Bellamore's Avatar

      I go to Sloan Ketterring in Manhatten. When the surgeon coulnd't help me he refered to an oncologis tthere that works with HAIT Chemo Pumps.during treatment the nurses delivering chemo would refer to her as the "boss" or the queen of the pump". She's been listed over and over in medical mags and the New Yorker as being on of the best 100 doctors in America since they started punlishing the list. I have such total confidence in her that I very rarely ask any questions. I know with my heart (and she told me so) that the only thing that saved my life was the Hepatic Artery Infusion Pump. I travel to go to Sloan Ketterring, But she has arranged for me to see one of her former interns up here inbetween my NYC visits. When I was first diagnosed I wanted to go to Sloan Kettering. I asked my doctor to call and get me in, I haven;t looked back, This place is amazing.

      almost 8 years ago
    • kulaken's Avatar

      Opinion , after opinion , 3-4 times if have to , my first oncologist wanted to immediately remove my tumor , didn't discuss with me other options , i asked for another opinion , and another a yr later , I still have my eye sight , and can function relatively normally .
      Ultimately it is your decision, keep asking questions , Good Luck

      almost 8 years ago
    • Devon's Avatar

      I say just make sure you fee comfortable. If your doctor doesn't listen, hear you, explain things, or just make you feel at ease (if that's eve possible) I would get a 2nd opinion, or 3rd or 4th. This is your fight and you should be able to fight how you want and with someone at your side who doesn't just look at you like another patient. I got lucky and only went to one doctor so it's possible to find them early and fast!

      almost 8 years ago

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