PEN-Powered Activity Guide VI

IS THERE VALUE IN SEEKING A SECOND OPINION?

Barry Marcus : I sought out a second opinion right after my initial diagnosis , I knew very l ittle about multiple myeloma when I was first diagnosed , and as I just mentioned , I didn ' t have a lot of confidence in the doctors in my initial HMO , so I wanted to make sure just for myself and for the future , whether what they were proposing as a treatment plan made sense for me , and so I did seek out a second opinion and I was so glad that I did . It did give me a l ittle bit more confidence in what the initial HMO was proposing because the doctor that I saw , said , Yeah , this is the correct thing to do for you . Now , since I ' ve been with the same oncologist now for a number of years , I have gotten second opinions on things that he ' s told me I wanted to do , and I did have to overcome my initial reluctance to do that for kind of fear of hurting his feel ings or thinking that maybe he wouldn ' t l ike me as much after that , but in speaking with many of the infusion nurses , they say it ' s quite common and the doctors don ' t mind at al l , and it ' s real ly something that I need to do to feel l ike I ' m getting the best course of treatment .

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