Home Forums Melanoma: Newly Diagnosed – Stages I & II This is a shock to me!

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    Catherine Poole
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    cohanja
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    maybe that’s why this is true, having someone else there:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/09/23/marriage-cancer-patients/2845087/

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    Jenni
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    That is shocking!!!

    Thing is, it sees to be based on $$. People are looking for a cheaper repair on their car or house, I suppose. However….even if I get an estimate on my dog for a small procedure and I don’t feel comfortable with it, I get a second opinion, so I definitely would do it for myself or a loved one if I doubted the information the first doctor gave me!

    Crazy people :)

    Jenni

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    Webbie73
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    I definitely would do it for myself or a loved one if I doubted the information the first doctor gave me!

    Jenni’s quote above.

    For me I am one who seeks out a specialist from the beginning. I research the backgroundof the doctors education, hospital affiliation etc. at that point I meet the doctor and get a feel for how we would work together. From then on I have to put my trust in the doctor.

    If a cancer is found, the doctors I have dealt with are very open about seeking a second opinion. In fact they facilitate the second opinion for you. Sadly, I am in the process of doing this for my husband who was diagnosed with an non curable form of lymphoma.

    For the “average” medical problem I just think people are satisfied with the care they receive from their doctors and don’t seek out second opinions.

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    Catherine Poole
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    My 16 month old grandson had a persistent rash. All the peds said, normal to have rashes for kids, no worry. My astute daughter said, no this wasn’t normal. So long story short we ended up with Children’s Hospital and a diagnosis of a rare autoimmune disorder. It is heartbreaking, but treatable. If we had not gone to a specialist he would have suffered muscle deterioration etc. ALWAYS go to the best if at all possible. Melanoma especially is just not a well known condition with many myths floating around, and it is why this foundation exists!

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