Today’s Health Tip ~ Get a Second Opinion

Make Your Own Medical Decisions

Trisha Torrey, a 60-something patient advocate in Baldwinsville, New York, is author of “Every Patient’s Advocate.”  She said, “In 2004, I was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma with a prognosis of only a few months. I had never dealt with anything so difficult and just went along with everything I was told by the oncologist, just short of starting chemo. To this day I don’t know why, but I decided to get a second opinion before consenting to treatment. Turned out I didn’t have cancer after all. So the most important lesson I can share is to be fully engaged in every medical decision you must make, create decision-points yourself and always get a second opinion if your recommended treatment is invasive, toxic or long term.”

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