Are you in the best place for treatment of your type of cancer?

Let me be very clear, this isn’t a plug for Johns Hopkins.  I’m asking a very real question because recently I’ve met cancer patients who have come from places where their doctors should have stepped-up and said, “Look, I don’t see this kind of cancer that often, you need to go someplace that does.”

In this country, we’re lucky to have many cancer centers that do great work against this disease.  Some, it seems, do better with certain types of cancer than others.  They can save lives with cutting edge treatment.  They can give better quality of life to those they can’t save and many have clinical trials available that allow a patient to pay it forward and help  research take the next step for  the next person coming through the door.

But so often, that doesn’t happen, or if it does, it happens too late and by the time a patient gets to a cancer center for a second opinion, or advanced procedures, the disease has moved beyond the place where help can be given. 

This beast waits for no one.

I know, there are a lot of reasons the suggestion of a different place for treatment, doesn’t happen.  Some of it is the doctor’s responsibility and some of it falls on the shoulders of the patient and else where.  It’s just so frustrating to meet cancer victims who could have been treated differently and more effectively, had they been referred some where else, sooner.

So, I guess it comes down to asking.  “Am I in the best place for treatment?”

I always say, knowledge is power in cancer world and that certainly applies in this case.

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