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Making the Right Decision:

29 September 2004

You may have been diagnosed with cancer. It is important to remain calm and discuss the diagnosis with your primary / main doctor to plan an appropriate management strategy to optimise the outcome.

Irrespective of your primary / main doctor it is important that your consult an oncologist. An oncologist is the doctor who specialises an overall aspect of cancer care from prevention, treatment, follow-up and palliative care. He should be able to put everything in perspective for you, plan out the best treatment strategy to maximise your chance of beating the cancer.

Needless to say you may also want to consult another oncologist for a second opinion.

Before consulting an oncologist, you may want to gather as much information as possible regarding the cancer so that you will better understand the discussion that follows. Of course, you may also clarify any issues that may be troubling you. There are numerous web sites on the Internet that you can browse through to gain the appropriate information. It can be rather confusing and you are encouraged to visit sites that are neutral in their presentation i.e the university sites and cancer society sites.

When consulting the doctor, it is important that you bring along a close friend / relative so that more information can be discussed and understood.

It is recommended that you do not procrastinate too long regarding treatment. Essentially the sooner the better though you must make sure that all appropriate investigations has been done.
 

  By Dr Matin Mellor  


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