I’m realizing this site is evolving and I have received many email from people recently diagnosed. So I’m going to start a thread of advice I’ve learned along the way.
Cancer counsel #1 is to get a second opinion. Not necessarily to determine if you have cancer, because biopsies are generally pretty reliable. I’m talking about treatment here. There are a lot of variations in treatment and it’s good to know your doctor and other doctors are in agreement. When I first talked to my oncologist I was relieved when she told me that second opinions were standard for her line of work. We went over to U of M to meet with a doctor there and I go meet with her periodically to get her opinions. Throughout my treatment both cancer centers have been very willing to work together. My doctors will talk on the phone and send test results back and forth.
Kris Carr from Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips sites a study that people who travel the farthest for treatment are more likely to recover. So get in your car and go meet people who know about your cancer. Get on the internet and find where they are and go to them! If you’re too dazed by this diagnosis to drive, get your family or a friend to take you. In my experience the cancer centers will make every effort to get you appointments quickly.
If you find a doctor who isn’t willing to work with others you may want to look around. Not that they don’t have different opinions….that’s OK. But all my doctors wanted me better and their egos didn’t get in the way. They were open to discussion. That’s the right doctor!