There is an old saying that “nice guys finish last.” Sadly, when it comes to cancer care, the patient that is too nice, sometimes does not get the best care. This is something that I observed first hand, during my years as an oncology nurse.
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Cancer is an aggressive disease. To get the best treatment, a patient sometimes has to forget slow southern charm. Decisions have to be delivered rather quickly. That is why the smart, informed, question asking patient will often get better care, then the nice guy that just goes along with whatever the doctor says.
Let’s take a step back
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In this hub, I would like to point out some mistakes I have seen patients make. The wrong decision can make the distinction between life or death.
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If you or person in your family is diagnosed with cancer, the first thing you should do is to learn everything you can about your particular disease. It is depressing to hear that you have cancer. Many times patients are handed booklets about their disease. They show no interest in them. Someone in the family should step in then, and read the information, go on the net, and be the advocate.
Knowledge is very important. When the doctor comes in to discuss treatment options, individual in the family needs to be informed. It is the only means to recognize if the treatment outlined is the current best treatment available.
Cancer in real life isn’t a television show. Sometimes the handsome, smiling, talkative doctor isn’t always the best CANCER Doctor. Patients love cheerful doctors that will sit here and talk about golf, football, kids, etc. This is CANCER though. The focus is to obtain the best treatment, not talk about football. I have seen doctors with terrible bedside manner, that actually know their stuff when it is a question of curing the disease.
Do research on Oncologists in your general area. If you live in a little town, it may be preferable to go to a bigger town. Check the ratings and reviews for the doctors online.
It is sad too, that when they tally up cancer statistics, they do not reflect what is real. Someone might die from pneumonia that they got because their immune system was knocked down to nothing from chemo. It will not count as a death from cancer or chemo. It will be pneumonia. It makes it look like our cancer cure rates are better than they are.
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When you start researching cancer treatment centers, you’ll find that often one hospital will specialize in a single type of cancer. There are hospitals throughout the USA that are well known for the various types of cancer. There are hospitals that are best with brain cancer, ones that are best with leukemia, etc.