As a two time cancer survivor I can honestly say that some of the best advice came from fellow cancer survivors. Something that doctors fall short of is explaining the "life after" treatments/surgery. Or as cancer survivors call it..." the new normal". Doctor's don't experience that first hand like patients do. Weighing all of the advice....whether from patients, caregivers or the medical professionals it makes for the best educated patient.
Excellent article. I would add that it can help to identify (if possible) choices that you can immediately reject or put a low priority on. For example, when I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer I knew I didn't want to go through radiation. Both my husband and I worked, the only facility was nearly an hour's drive away. 5x/week for 6 weeks? Nuh uh! That helped me choose between lumpectomy and mastectomy but truthfully, I would have gone for the latter anyway. With cancer in two lymph nodes, I wanted the breast gone! If the radiation had been a necessary treatment, that would have been a different matter. But I had choices and I chose what worked best for me. The other choice was whether or not to have reconstructive surgery. That was an easy decision for me because I knew I could always get the surgery later if I desired. 21 years later I still have no regrets about turning down reconstruction. When I had my second breast cancer diagnosed 2 years ago, I joked that I was looking forward to being symmetrical again. The surgeon didn't get it. shrug
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