YOUR CANCER YOUR LIFE - RIGHT TO MORE THAN ONE OPINION (DON'T BE SHY!)
|If all the practitioners you see are medical doctors, they are ethically obliged to pass on all the information they have about you to the doctor of your choice. You would not need to undergo the same tests again if you changed doctors.
Don't be shy about asking for other opinions. It is very important for you to find a practitioner with whom you feel confident and comfortable. Unfortunately, in this far from ideal world, it is not always possible. If you can't find such a person, or if the treatment you want is only administered by a practitioner who is a poor communicator, you may have to use a third party to help. In this situation it would be especially important to take a medically knowledgeable friend or family member with you when you see the practitioner. Or you might have a general practitioner who communicates well with you who could serve as an 'interpreter'. He or she can get all the information from your practitioner and pass it on to you in a way you can understand.
I will stress again— never allow yourself to be pressured into making a decision before you understand what is involved. You can always go away, think about it, discuss it with others and then come back with your decision. It is extremely rare for a situation to be so urgent that immediate decisions are necessary.
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