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How important do you all think it is to get a 2nd opinion?? I don't know if I have the patience to wait to see another doctor!

Katherine Ehrlich Profile
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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer almost 6 years
 
  • L Parker Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I did not get a second opinion because I felt comfortable with what the plan was: surgery, radiation and now Armidex. I think it depends on your type, stage, etc. to decide what is right for you. Just try to take a deep breath and take one step at a time.
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  • Betsy Chapin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    I did get a second opinion for my own peace of mind. I live in a small community with a very good small hospital nearby where I was diagnosed. They asked if I wanted a second opinion and scheduled it for me at Dana Farber in Boston. Although I was anxious to get going with treatment, I was to glad to have as many eyes looking at my case as possible. The only thing the two hospitals saw differently in the pathology report was my grade of cancer. In the end, I stayed with my local hospital so I could have less of a commute to chemotherapy. I also had discussions with both oncologists about how many cycles of chemo was necessary and the option of being in a clinical trial. Getting all this information delayed my treatment, but I did feel it was worth it because I was given choices in treatment and I needed that time to get more information so I could be at peace with the decisions I made.
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Katherine, I did not get a second opinion only because my breast cancer was pretty straightforward. My case was picked to be reviewed by a tumor board.... a group of surgeon's and oncologist's who discuss upcoming cases. The diagnosis is a slam-dunk.... it is the treatment that one can question. If you have questions, get a second opinion by another oncologist, hopefully one who specializes in breast cancer. I would also advise you to go outside your oncologist's group. Try to make contact with some other women who have had breast cancer and talk to them. When I was going to have my mastectomy, the part that really worried me was the anesthesia. I talked to several RN's in the hospital, an anesthetist technician and then I went to the anesthesia group and talk to one of the doctors. I "hired" the anesthesiologist I wanted and had her through two surgical procedures. SO..... you have to start being your own best advocate and sometimes that means you do some extraordinary things to bring peace to your mind. Hang in there and take care, Sharon
    almost 6 years Flag
    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I've had breast cancer twice, Katherine. The first time I had a mastectomy and the margins weren't clean. There was a debate about whether to do further excisions, so I got a second opinion. I'm glad I did, because I ended up having 3 more...

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      I've had breast cancer twice, Katherine. The first time I had a mastectomy and the margins weren't clean. There was a debate about whether to do further excisions, so I got a second opinion. I'm glad I did, because I ended up having 3 more excisions to get the clean margins. I think it depends on your level of comfort with your current doctor and his/her recommended treatment. Another issue would be if you have questions that aren't being answered to your satisfaction. The way I look at it is if you can afford it, a second opinion can't hurt. Good luck!

      almost 6 years Flag
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I felt i got second opinions because i had got treatment plans from my surgeon who specialize in breast cancer and my onocologist plus i had a navigator. They agreed on the same treatment.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • vicki e Profile
    anonymes
    Stage 2B Patient
    I didn't get a second opinion either because my oncologist and surgeon also participate in a board that reviews path reports and makes a treatment recommendation.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Joni Dempsey Profile
    anonymes
    Étude du cancer du sein
    Same for me. No second opinion as everyone seemed to be on the same page. Go with your gut feeling.
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    I didn't have a second opinion about my surgery because my cancer was the most common, textbook variety. My surgeon came highly recommended by women and several doctors in our area and the onc was in the doctor's network with MD Anderson in Texas so mine was a fairly easy call. But I'm a reader and read everything on the MD Anderson, breastcancer.org and the American Cancer sites that is availbale. In my case, the knowledge I could gather on my own, the more empowered I felt. So to quote one of the girls, take a breath, and talk to others if you can. Taking a few extra days to get comfortable with your decision is as important for your mental and physical health as any treatment. Go forth girl and conquer. Jo :-D
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • maria agnes Profile
    anonimamente
    Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama
    PLEASE get a second opinion. I was told my tumor(s) were benign turned it was cancer on both sides. I had ten biopsies all said negative but when I had lump removed it was not. I had a double mastectomy on may 21st and am so happy I did. The second opinion process is a bit slow but worth it. Who knows where I would be a year from now without second opinions. Good luck and get a second opinion.
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  • Nancy Ries Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I also did not get a second opinion. I am very comfortable with my team of doctors; surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist. My cancer was very straight forward. All of my doctors serve on the hospital tumor board where my case was presented. There was a plan of treatment which everyone agreed on. I would say that you have to be comfortable with your decision, whatever it may be. Best of luck.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • julie s Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I did not get a second opinion either... I was comfortable with the doctors and the treatment plan and also wanted to get going on it... Good luck!
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Katherine Ehrlich Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Thank you all so very much for your quick responses. I have been having quite a time dealing with the emotional piece of this and apologize for taking so long to respond to you all. Turns out I have DCIS in the right side and still waiting for biopsy results of the left. Surgery is all scheduled and I am extremely comfortable with my doctor and her team. Thanks again!
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Nancy Snowden Profile
    anonymes
    Étude du cancer du sein
    I feel it is personal decision. I did not get a second opinion when I was diagnosed but I did have a breast health care advocate which assisted me with any questions that I had throughout the entire process.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag
  • Jane Rudolfo Shouse Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Depending upon the tumor grade (if known) and the bc stage (again if known) should weigh in on time frames for 2nd opinions.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag

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