Best Doctors Corrected Ashifa’s Cancer Misdiagnosis

Ashifa, Best Doctors discovers cancer misdiagnosis

Getting a cancer diagnosis can be one the scariest moments in your life—whether it’s you, a family member or a friend who hears those words. Intense cancer treatments can have detrimental side effects, such as hair loss, infections, nausea and vomiting, kidney problems, fertility issues and so much more, but they’re worth it to beat cancer.

But what happens when that cancer is misdiagnosed? “Often it takes a fair amount of experience, as well as technology, to make the precise diagnosis,” said Dr. Leonard Zwelling of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in an interview. Researchers at Johns Hopkins found that up to 1 in 5 cancer cases are misdiagnosed or misclassified, which is why getting a second opinion on the original pathology by an expert is crucial with every cancer diagnosis. Ashifa, a Best Doctors member, was diagnosed with metastatic squamous head and neck cancer, a very aggressive type of cancer, after her doctors found and removed a small lump Read more

Chemo Brain: The foggy side effects of treatment

Woman who has undergone chemotherapy standing at window

A growing topic amongst oncologists and cancer survivors revolves around one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy, more commonly known as “chemo brain”. Chemo Brain has been known to greatly affect some cancer survivors quality of life; even several years after kicking the disease to the curb.

According to the World Health Organisation, statistics indicate that number of new cancer cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 2 decades. This could account for an estimated 23.6 million new cases of cancer as soon as 2030[1]. Almost absolutely every cancer patient undergoes one or more of the following treatments: surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. The aggressiveness of many patients’ oncology treatments requires a huge amount of mental and physical strength, family support, and a positive and hopeful approach to the day-to-day.  However, even after beating cancer, patients who have undergone chemotherapy can experience “Chemo Brain”. During chemotherapy Read more

Five things to avoid doing during a doctor’s appointment

Visit to the doctor

It is your doctor’s job to assess, diagnose and treat you, but how you behave as a patient can influence his or her ability to do so correctly. In order to ensure an accurate diagnosis and treatment there are certain behaviors and habits that are best to avoid.

  1. Constantly referring to information you have seen on the internet about your condition. It’s great to be informed about your medical situation, but it is not necessary to interrupt your doctor with   information that may not even be relevant. Remember not to believe everything you read on the internet! If you have a question about something you have read or researched, wait until your doctor has finished giving their opinion before sharing it, and work together to discuss your concerns. 2. Suppressing medical or pertinent lifestyle information. No one is perfect, and all of us have certain Read more