WHY SECOND OPINION IN HEALTHCARE MATTERS

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Healthcare decisions are amongst the most crucial that one makes in their lives.

How we lead our life post a diagnosis is solely based on the choices we make for the treatment procedures. If for every other milestone decision, such as buying a house or a car, choosing the education subjects for our children, etc, we use extensive research and cross referencing, why not for our health decisions.

Decisions for healthcare should largely be driven by a thoroughly informed projection of the condition and the treatment option undertaken.

The decision to consult another hospital turned out to be life saving for Neha.

Even though the first hospital which was the best for Cancer.

Patients indicated no cancer, second Opinion based on personal instincts and the doctor’s uncertainty is what really helped her get the right diagnosis.

It was in the middle of the summers she rose, before the sun, to get ready for another day at work. For the past 29 years of being a teacher, it was a regular routine.

She was now posted to teach students at a village government school. The journey would take her less than an hour, but that day she was to arrive late.

While getting ready, Neha felt a prominent lump almost the size of a small lemon on the side of her left breast. She was puzzled as it was something she had not noticed before.

She had read a lot about breast cancer and immediately followed the steps that she knew in order to determine the lump which may or may not be cancerous.

As she was running late, she decided to carry on with the routine and take a couple of days to determine the course of action.

The next day, the lump had increased in size and she was sure it was abnormal.

As she returned home from school that afternoon, she informed her son about the lump and told him to take her to Hospital A.

She was asked to undergo a biopsy that would determine the fate of her problem. A couple of days later the test results showed a negative for cancer. On the contrary, the doctor consulting her was not very sure of the result and advised a second test at the hospital.

The biopsy again resulted negative for any cancerous growth. By now a week had passed and she was in two minds about the lump that did not cause any pain and continued to remain there causing stress for the right course of action.

She then decided to consult a long distance relative practicing at Hospital B.

This doctor too prescribed her a biopsy, but the results here tested positive. It was confirmed that she was living with cancer.

For Neha, who had been living the past 20 years with diabetes, doctors had to first start the procedure of treatment by tightly monitoring blood sugar levels to be ready for the surgery.

Within 24 hours of maintaining that, she successfully underwent the surgery that removed her lump.

The decision to consult another hospital turned out to be life saving for her. Even though the first hospital which was the best for Cancer patients indicated no cancer, a Second Opinion based on personal instincts and the doctor’s uncertainty is what really helped her get the right diagnosis.

A Second Opinion thus is not only dependent on the knowledge of the doctors but also the technology that each of them use. Second Opinion is among the most important steps one should practice during the course of cancer treatment.

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