Five reasons to ask for a Second Medical Opinion

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Even when we have complete confidence in our doctor, we can still leave the consultation in doubt, or simply want to make sure that we have looked at every possible option before going ahead with a decision. However, some people worry that that obtaining a second medical opinion means disagreeing with or “going against” your doctor. This could not be further from the case, and here are five reasons why:

1. Doctors do it all the time. Consulting with colleagues or specialists has been a tried and true practice in the medical profession from the very beginning. A Second Medical Opinion simply formalizes this process. 2. You do it all the time. People get second opinions all the time on their cars, homes, dental work or any major decision they are making. A medical condition is arguably much more important, so why should it be any different? 3. A Second Medical Opinion has everyone’s best interests in mind. The objective of a Second Medical Opinion is not meant to catch Read more

New findings on breast cancer treatment spark medical debate

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Stage 0 breast cancer, also known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is considered a very early stage of breast cancer, in which cancer cells are confined to the milk ducts only. The incidence of DCIS has seen a dramatic increase in an era when technological advances make it possible to detect abnormalities that might have gone unnoticed in the past.

The vast majority of women with Stage 0 cancers undergo either a lumpectomy (tumour removal without removing the breast) or a mastectomy (removal of the entire breast). Especially in the case of a mastectomy, surgery can have far-reaching consequences for women beyond treatment, including scarring, disfigurement and complications such as lymphedema (swelling of the lymph nodes). The scars can also be emotional and psychological, affecting a woman’s relationships and self-esteem. Finally, a woman’s working life and career prospects may be adversely affected. It is therefore not surprising that a recently published study has made headlines[i] suggesting that treatment might not have Read more

Innovations in the fight against cancer

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October is World Breast Cancer Awareness month and Best Doctors has decided to dedicate all of this month’s posts to cancer topics ranging from new studies to expert insight.

In our first post, we look at innovation. From faster and more accurate testing to new approaches to drug treatments, researchers are gaining ground in the battle against cancer. We show you 5 of these promising advances.

From new skin cancer treatment to ground-breaking studies for breast cancer and pancreatic cancer, Best Doctors keeps you up to date on the latest cancer breakthroughs and research findings. Read more