“For cancer cases, a Second Medical Opinion can be life-saving”

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A specialist in paediatric immunology, oncology, haematology and bone marrow transplantation at Wrocław Medical University, Prof. Krzysztof Kałwak heads the paediatric transplant unit, the largest facility for paediatric haematopoietic stem cell transplantation in Poland and one of the largest paediatric transplant units in all of Europe. Prof. Kałwak’s research and guidelines have been published widely throughout Poland and abroad and he is the National Coordinator for two paediatric illnesses, chronic myeloid leukaemia and congenital neurotropenia. Prof. Kałwak is a Medical Advisor to Best Doctors.

An Interview with Prof. Krzysztof Kalwak Second Medical Opinions are a natural part of the diagnostic process, with doctors regularly consulting other doctors about their cases. How does having access to international experts improve on this practice? A Second Medical Opinion from abroad can be hugely influential in ensuring that the local treating team arrives at the correct diagnosis, including carrying out testing to confirm or rule out the original diagnosis. It can also provide advice on the most appropriate, most effective and least toxic treatments based on the latest innovations and findings. Why is this especially vital for cancer cases? The longer Read more

Surgeries that can be avoided

Today medical advances in treatments and orthopaedic solutions can avoid numerous operations, ensuring that there is a quicker recovery time, while having less impact on the patient’s body through less aggressive treatments.

At Best Doctors, we consider it vital to have a thorough and reliable diagnosis before any decision on the treatment of the patient is made. For this reason, we rely on the second medical opinion as a way of reinforcing any initial diagnosis. We must take into account that incorrect or inaccurate diagnosis may complicate or even prolong the recovery process of a patient.

With regard to this reality, Dr. Christine K. Cassel, Director of the American Board of Internal Medicine, considers that 30% of medical spending does not have a direct impact on the patient nor does it solve their problems. In addition, she says that unnecessary treatments are not just an economic threat due to the expenditure they involve, but in some cases, they may even imply a risk to the patient’s health. Cases such as Thom McDaniels’, a well-known football coach, are more and more frequent. His case is characteristic of a professional in a very demanding sport which took him to Read more