How To Make The Best Medical Decisions Following A Breast Cancer Diagnosis

How To Make The Best Medical Decisions Following A Breast Cancer Diagnosis


. WE CONTINUE OUR FOCUS ON BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WITH A LOOK AT WHAT WOMEN CAN DO TO HOPE MAKE THE BEST MEDICAL DECISIONS POSSIBLE JOINING US DR. MAKER A PSYCHOLOGIST BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR AND AUTHOR OF THE THINKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TOS BREAST CANCER THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING, TELL ME FROM THE BEGINNING, WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK. WELL, WHEN I WAS DIAGNOSED IN 2011 LIKE MOST PEOPLE I DIDN’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT BREAST CANCER BUT I DID KNOW THAT THE TREATMENT IS NOT ALWAYS SUCCESSFUL, 40,000 WOMEN DIE EVER YEAR OF BREAST CANCER AFTER GETTING TREATMENT I DIDN’T WANT TO BE ONE OF THOSE I DIVED IN DID A LOT OF RESEARCH TO TRY TO MAKE MYSELF MORE ABOUT COMFORTABLE WITH MY OWN DECISIONS, AND I FOUND OUT SO MUCH, IT WAS SO HELPFUL TO ME THAT I DIDN’T WANT IT TO JUST END WITH ME SO I ENDED UP WRITING THE BOOK FOR THAT REASON. AMY: REALLY IS ABOUT PATIENT EMPOWERMENT WHY SO IMPORTANT IN THE AREA OF BREAST CANCER TREATMENT? WELL, PATIENT EMPOWERMENT MEANS MAKING YOUR OWN MEDICAL DECISIONS RATHER THAN JUST BLINDLY FOLLOWING DOCTORS’ ORDERS, AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION SO YOU CAN ASK GOOD QUESTIONS AND GET GOOD ANSWERS, AND IT INCREASES YOUR CHANCES OF HAVING A GOOD OUTCOME, THE MORE YOU KNOW THEN YOU CAN MAKE BETTER DECISIONS. AND YOU TALK ABOUT PATIENTS REALLY BETTING VETTING KRRZ ONE THING DIDN’T REALIZE WHEN DIAGNOSED YOU CAN SHOP AROUND FIND A DOCTOR THAT YOU ARE MOST COMFORTABLE WITH, WHAT DID YOU FIND IN YOUR RESEARCH IN THIS AREA? WELL, NUMBER ONE, MEDICAL ERRORS THIRD LEADING KAZ OF DEATH IN THE UNITED STATES AFTER HEART DISEASE CANCER YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL, CHECK HOSPITALS SAFETY AS WELL AS DOCTORS. BUT I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS HOW DOES THE DOCTOR TREAT YOU DO YOU FEEL RESPECTED ARE QUESTIONS ANSWERED THOROUGHLY DOES DR. RETURN CALLS PROMPTLY IF NOT GET A SECOND THIRD OPINION OR EVEN MORE WHEN YOU HAVE CANCER AS YOU KNOW, IT IS SO FRIGHTENING THAT YOU REALLY NEED A DOCTOR FEEL SAFE. ESPECIALLY, YOU ARE ONCOLOGIST YOU ARE WITH FOR PROBABLY 10 YEARS OR SO YOU HAVE TO HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP. WHEN YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR THAT DOCTOR WHAT ARE KEY QUESTIONS SHOULD YOU ASK. I THINK THREE MAIN QUESTIONS, THE FIRST IS, WHAT ARE ALL MY TREATMENT OPTIONS, WHEN ONE DO YOU RECOMMEND AND WHY. AND THIS IS WHERE THE RESEARCH COMES IN SO HANDY BECAUSE IF THE DOCTOR SKIPS ANYTHING YOU CAN BRING IT UP, AND THEN SECOND, FOR EACH OPTION, WHAT IS THE SURVIVAL OUTCOME YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING THE BEST ONE, AND THIRD, IS WHAT ARE ALL THE SIDE EFFECTS BECAUSE FOR CANCER SIDE EFFECTS CAN BE, DEBILITATING LETHAL, DOCTORS ARE OFTEN RELUCTANT TO BRING THEM UP BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO SCARE PATIENTS SO YOU GO IN WITH LIST YOU CAN MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS COVERED. I HAVE TO SAY THAT WHEN I WAS DIAGNOSED I DIDN’T REALIZE THERE WERE DIFFERENT KINDS OF BREAST CANCER I THOUGHT ONE CANCER, AND IT JUST DEPENDED ON WHEN YOU CAUGHT YOUR CANCER BUT I HAD NO IDEA THAT THERE WERE SO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES. THAT IS RIGHT. THAT YOU NEED TO REALLY DO HOMEWORK NIGHT IS NOT AN EXACT SCIENCE NOT AS THOUGH — IF IT WERE EVERYBODY WOULD GET BETTER WHEN THEY DO TREATMENT SINCE THEY DON’T YOU REALLY NEED TO BE CAREFUL. SHOP AROUND. IF THERE IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE THAT YOU COULD GIVE TO WOMEN WHILE IN OCTOBER, BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH WHAT WOULD THAT INFORMATION BE? TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR OWN TREATMENT. REALLY, REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT, YOU ARE A CONSUMER BUYING A VERY EXPENSIVE PRODUCT ONE THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE SO YOU NEED TO BE MORE CAREFUL, THAN YOU WOULD BE IN BUYING A HOUSE OR A CAR. THERE IS NO PROBLEM GETTING A SECOND OR EVEN A THIRD OPINION. NO. ALWAYS GOOD. I GOT UP TO SIX. WOW. SIX. FOR THE MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST I GOT SIX, YEAH. ALL RIGHT. YOU CAN’T GET TIME, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE IT AND, AGAIN, ARE THE BOOK IS CALLED THE THINKING WOMAN’S GUIDE TO BREAST CANCER, OF COURSE, YOU CAN GET MORE INFORMATION,

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