• Remote second opinions for Lung cancer treatments

    Asked by CAS1 on Thursday, April 4, 2013

    Remote second opinions for Lung cancer treatments


    A huge problem with lung cancer is too few people get proper treatment. A recent study showed people between the ages of 65 and 75 got fewer lung cancer treatments over the last 10 years than the 10 years prior to that. The science is changing so fast that few Dr.'s can keep up unless the are experts. Dr. Ross Camidge is a Lung Cancer expert and researcher. He has offered this off site second opinion option for people to help impove the access to treatment gap..Please use this link and look into this opinion if you feel you are not getting the care you think you need. Once a treatment plan is developed I am sure any Dr. would respect what Dr. Camidge has to say and implement the treatment plan.

    This is part of the fight for our lives..Getting the right and best treatment plan.

    All the best,

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      interesting, and probably helpful for some. Thanks for posting.

      over 7 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      CAS, I have answered a number of questions here recomending people get second opuinions from Drs associated with research centers like Dr Camidrge. It is good to see some Drs offering virtual 2nd opinions with out the need and cost of travel. I know that the travel issue prevents some people from getting help from the formost experts in thier cancers. Ofte people in small towns are offered servioce limited to a Dr that can handle the routine cases where there are published guidelines on what to do but it is too much to ask that a Dr be expert in all treatmens for all kinds of cancer. With virtual participation of experts the patient can get the treatment as thier local cancer center or choose to travel once they know that a procedure only available in another location will help them. As patients we need to request or demand this kind of service and it will happen more. Thanks for sharing this it is a great way of showing what is possible today if we ask for it.!!!!!

      over 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Peroll you have hit it right on the mark. In addition to the data I have described I also recently read data that said that people over the age of 75 are not offered surgery as an option for LC even though the new data tells us they have far better PFS than younger people. The facts are that people with LC have been the forgotten cancer group..So many people think well they smoked they deserve it..Well, we have 30-40,000 people every year dx with LC who never smoked a cigarette and even if they did I blame the media and the tobacco companies for abusing the public with agressive marketing. All those billions obtained from Tobacco companies and not a penny went to reserch. No other illness would tolerate this.
      And with the treatments we do have people are not getting them thats why I posted a few days ago the Pfizer grant to help educate Dr.'s on the LC treatments available. Thats just heart breaking to me..People not getting available treatments and the data proves it.
      I understand that without insurance the cost is only around $250.00 for the second opinion.

      85% of new LC Dx are people who have never smoked or those who gave it up decades ago. Its a sin what little funding and attention has been given to LC.

      over 7 years ago
    • CherylS@StF's Avatar

      I think it is awesome that patients can take advantage of getting a second opinion possibly without ever leaving their home. Second opinions can give a patient and their families so much peace of mind when the original physician and the second opinion physician agree on the same plan of treatment. While lung cancer treatment guidelinelines are used as the standard, other facilities may offer a Clinical trial for you type and stage of cancer that gives you another option for your treatment. Problems come when the first physician and the 2nd do not agree on a treatment plan and then you need a tie breaker or choose one of the two and don't look back.

      over 7 years ago

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