About Making a Treatment Decision


No one is more qualified than you to make choices about your treatment, your quality of life, and your future.  Consider the members of your health care team as consultants who can help you and your family with those decisions.  You will feel a greater sense of control over your situation, your treatment plan, and your future as you gain information.

Living with cancer typically means a lot of doctor appointments and ongoing treatment.  You need a health care team you can trust.  Maybe you have a wonderful doctor who has been following you since your initial diagnosis.  Maybe you don’t like the one you have and want to switch.  It’s important to remember that how well you get along with your healthcare team depends a lot on your personal preference.  

It’s also important to remember that you can get a second opinion which may allow you to feel confident that you are getting the best possible care.  It may be particularly helpful to get a second opinion when one treatment stops working and you’re looking for the next one to try.  Consulting with another expert might give you some new ideas.  

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