Article Talk: Learning to Speak Up With CancerArticle Talk: Learning to Speak Up With Cancer

Started by JZacksMD, June 03, 2017
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Josh's suggestions help empower NET patients. He sights, among other important issues, the fact that, frequently, not all questions are answered at the time of an office visit. This is do to the fact that some physicians watch the clock...others watch the patient. It\'s difficult to do both. Most of my NET colleagues support the patient who seeks a second opinion. In this regard, it\'s helpful for each NET patient to obtain the opinion of a NET expert; NET experts generally support the concept of a patient having their local oncologist with whom the NET expert will share his/her recommendations. Team care is the norm since there are often multiple differing aspects to a patient\'s NET illness.\r\nIf ones physician is listening to the patient, responding to their issues, welcoming opinions of others, and remains available by phone when the patient needs to speak with him/her, it\'s a healthy patient/doctor relationship. If something about the relationship isn\'t quite right, try to determine if ones doctor is willing to consider a course correction. Remember, the focus should be on the patient. Things go wrong when that focus changes.View Original Post

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