PeopleBeatingCancer and the demystification of cancer- part 1.1
When most people think of getting a second opinion after a cancer diagnosis, they think of consulting another oncologist. While this kind of second opinion is important, talking to a long-term cancer survivor who has experienced and studied all aspects of cancer care may identify issues that a conventional oncologist won't.
There are many reasons for a second opinion after a cancer diagnosis. Why not talk to a cancer survivor who has seen it all?
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First of All, Get a Second Opinion
"But it's honest. Wittingly or not, medical professionals defer to each other not just by tenure but specialty—with some parlous results. In turn, we lay folk routinely defer to them. A 2010 Gallup poll found that 70% of Americans are so respectful of their doctor's advice that they never get a second opinion or do additional research…
Medical errors in the U.S. cost about $20 billion a year—not to mention lives. A new health-care documentary, "Escape Fire," notes that when you give doctors big rewards for doing certain procedures ($1,500 for putting in a stent versus, say, $15 for talking to a patient), that's what they will do. Such procedures may be not just unhelpful (the Congressional Budget Office says up to 30% of them don't improve outcomes) but hurtful. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2010 found that 18% of patients were actually harmed by medical care…
But this soon-to-boom business usefully reminds us that any authority is biased and fallible. More information is better, and when it comes to health, it pays to probe and keep probing. Being opinionated is fine. Being second opinionated could save your life."
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For more information about demystifying cancer, check out these blogs:
Diagnosis and Prognosis: http://peoplebeatingcancer.org/blog/cancer-coaching-diagnosis-and-prognosis
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