The 2nd Opinion - Breast Cancer

Getting the 2nd opinion after being diagnosed with Cancer is highly recomended.

Following the disclosure that breast cancer is a possibility and that further tests are required to ascertain the cause of symptoms it is advisable to take a friend, partner or family member with you when you meet your consultant to get the results.

When cancer is first disclosed you are likely to be in a state of shock and unable to take in all that is said. You will need to have time to consider treatment options and being able to ask questions of your support person later will be invaluable.

When you next visit your consultant you are likely to have a list of questions, write them down as you think of them. You will undoubtedly forget something if you do not.

Evaluate the effects of different treatment options and ask the consultant if you may have a second opinion if you are uncertain of anything. In any case a second opinion is very advisable as no one can keep up with all the latest treatment protocols on offer either within or outside of conventional medical practice.

Ask what effects a delay on treatment would have, how long could you take to educate yourself before making a treatment decision and before the delay could hinder a successful outcome.

Consider a holistic approach combining alternative and or complimentary options. Here you not only want a second opinion but perhaps a third or more opinions.

Get as much information as you can, educate yourself fully, and then consider your options. If in doubt utilise your gut instincts. It is your body and your life.

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