bfdboston Posted September 3, 2007 Share Posted September 3, 2007 I would highly recommend if you suspect, or are undergoing a workup for lung cancer, that you request, each time, a copy of all of your medical records (labs, clinic notes, interpretations) and then you have someone you trust research the information so you can ask questions and be well informed about your situation. I can tell you from first hand experience, when my friend Ron went to the doctors for follow up, they would sugar coat the situation. It was not until I demanded him to get the reports and I researched what was in them that they probably mentioned 10% of the report. And, it's also important for you to demand all the reports be explained to you in full in language you understand. For instance, as an example, the PET scan, per the doctor, came back "showing some 'hot spots' here and there". Well, when we read the four page interpretation, there was a lot more to it that that. And, also, do your research prior to visits. I would research and have questions (which I already knew the answers to prepared) for our visits. When I asked the questions, if I heard back an answer which I didn't find in my research, I would keep drilling and drilling. We saw nearly 15 doctors over the past nine or ten months and, sadly, I can tell you that only 2, yes, that's right, 2 of them knew what they were talking about; went over information with the patient and respected the other individual who was there with him: myself. If a doctor doesn't give the person who is with the patient the respect, the courtesy to ask questions and make you feel welcome, then, you should find another doctor. If a patient brings someone with them, it's because that patient wants that person there and that person is an important part of his/her life. The doctor owes the person respect as well as the patient and the questions should all be answered. I will post a list of questions which I asked. You may find them helpful. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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