• when I think a person is getting incorrect or insufficient medical advice, Should I say something , or respect their Dr/patient relationship

    Asked by sofarsogood on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    when I think a person is getting incorrect or insufficient medical advice, Should I say something , or respect their Dr/patient relationship

    What would be the most effective way to approach this?

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • JennyMiller's Avatar
      JennyMiller (Best Answer!)

      I think it is okay to make a comment -- if nothing else, it may be food for thought. Everyone is different and may be taking different paths on their journey -- and for their own reasons. For example, I personally would not choose the ice cap to save my hair or the ice mitts for my nails or chew ice chips to prevent mouth sores --- only because I want that chemo to reach every square inch of my body -- but then I can have a very paranoid nature where someone else would feel very differently. So -- I feel that comments should be welcome -- and the end decision should be the result of consultation with their oncologist. I have benefited so much from different comments -- such as taking Claritin for bone pain after Neulesta Shot and it really worked. So, as far as I am concerned, keep the comments, questions and answers coming.

      about 7 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Just like all of our cancer experiences are unique, so are our courses of treatment and the reasons for making the decisions we make. It is similar to the glass half empty or half full analogy. Those same 100 women who have had cancer treatment and are in remission from a lumpectomy have a greater risk of being killed in a car accident or a heart attack than the 10% risk of subsequently developing cancer in the other breast. Women who decide against prophylactic mastectomies (single or bilateral) aren't necessarily ill informed, they may just have made a different decision.

      about 7 years ago
    • MichaelV's Avatar

      In this world of information we all must keep in mind that the doctor or doctors we are dealing with are just like you and I only they studied medicine in stead of plumbing, household engineering, business, the law, physics, automotive engineering, etc. you get the idea. No one person has all the answers and many times it takes a collection of people to arrive at a logical suggestion being presented with known facts about you. Ask away until YOU feel comfortable that you are doing what is right for you and not what is right for the professional providing the information. Mainstream is really wide and runs at a face pace and it is easy to drown in it, but perhaps you do not want to end up where it is going to take you. You are the captain and you get to steer your own ship. One really great example of this thought train is Suzanne Somers book, :Knockout". I think every woman faced the the decisions breast cancer brings should read this book:


      Know you might ask, "What the heck do I know, I'm a man?". I have lost too many friends and family to cancer and one thing I have learned is there are many options because each case if as different as a persons face. Find what is good for you may not work for the next person, choose what makes you feel confident that you will win the battle. OK, leaving my soapbox now.
      All my best to you in your process and remember you are not alone in this battle.
      Wishing you all that you wish for yourself.

      about 7 years ago

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