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« Making Your Case at Doctor Visits-Part II | Main | When the Patient is the Expert - Part II »

June 17, 2011


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I bookmarked this site for the useful information.

Lisa Weiser

Love that quote! I think Dr. Lown hit the nail on the head!



I find this fascinating, as are so many of your posts, but especially now, since I've been diagnosed with lung cancer again and am overwhelmed as we try to discern the risks/benefits of treatment options. Surgeons are experts and often have a bias toward surgery, of course, but oncologists may have biases as well. And usually there's such a large gray area that...well, who knows what the best path is?

Thanks again, Wendy.
With respect and always hope,

Wendy S. Harpham, MD


I hate that you need more treatment. Thanks for letting me know this blog helps in some small way.

Throughout my 20+-year survivorship, the most stressful intervals were those between learning I had a recurrence and beginning treatment for it.

So I hope you can take some comfort in knowing that the distress that accompanies weighing and choosing options should resolve once you make your decision. Remind yourself that your investing in this decision -- and tolerating the distress -- will bring a certain peace from now on, the calm that comes with knowing you've done your best.

With hope, Wendy

Jan Hasak

Wendy, as one of those cancer survivors who lives in a rural area, I can attest to the importance of having a super-specialist available for consultation. Fortunately for me, my oncologist came from Stanford University and consults with them regularly, using their tumor board for the harder questions.

Keep up the conversation on the delicate and ever-interesting patient-doctor relationship. It's fascinating.



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