After being diagnosed with a disease, many Healthy Survivors ask, "Do I need to see a specialist to get good care?"
The short answer is "maybe."
"Specialists" is a term that usually refers to clinicians who are board certified in a particular branch of medicine. (Click here for list). Sub-specialists focus their attention further. (Click here for list)
The "best" doctor for you is the doctor who can best help you live your life as a Healthy Survivor.
Studies support the notion that, for example, surgeons who do the same operations over and over tend to have lower rates of complications and overall better outcomes than a surgeon who does the procedure only occasionally. And it makes sense that medical oncologists who specialize in one type of cancer are more experienced and possibly more up-to-date regarding treatment for that type of cancer.
But as I explain on pages 67-75 of Happiness in a Storm, patients who delay urgent treatment to be evaluated by a renowned specialist or who choose as their primary physician a specialist who is rarely available to see them are not Healthy Survivors.
Depending on how common and curable your disease is, to be a Healthy Survivor you may need to be treated by a specialist for your particular disease or at least have a consultation with a specialist who can then advise your other physicians on a plan of action.