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By Leifer, John; Leifer, Lori Lindstrom

In 2014, an predicted 1.66 million humans will obtain a prognosis of melanoma. they're going to subscribe to a pool of 13.7 million americans already dwelling with a historical past of melanoma. nearly 600,000 americans will die from melanoma. For a few, melanoma might be just a brief divergence. For others, even though, it is going to be a dramatic fork within the street. And for nonetheless others, the start of the tip of the road.

This publication courses melanoma sufferers alongside their trip the place not anyone is familiar with the length or the vacation spot. Divided into the 3 components of being a melanoma patient—the prognosis, preliminary remedy, and directly to survivorship—the publication may also help the newly clinically determined melanoma sufferer navigate a fancy overall healthiness care process, make astute judgements at tricky junctures, and deal with the emotional turbulence which may rock his or her global. finally, it stocks the tale of ways the writer and his spouse, in addition to different melanoma sufferers, have faced their ailment.

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They cannot rely on their physician for this task. 12 H OW T O SE LE C T Y OU R DOCTORS A ND TREA TMENT FA CILITIES 47 These words likely sound unduly harsh—particularly at a time when you need to put great trust in the providers from whom you will receive care. They are not harsh; they are the reality of today’s health care system. 4 GENETIC TESTING IN DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT Even as a small child, Mary E. knew she wanted to be a nurse someday. After completing nursing school, Mary spent the first half of her career working on both rehab and medical-surgical units of a hospital.

Reputation for Clinical Excellence. Though it is difficult to quantify, every physician knows that there is tremendous variation in quality among doctors. There are ways to improve your probability of finding a clinically excellent doctor: (1) Begin by seeking out physicians who have a strong reputation within the community among both consumers and health care professionals—there is probably a good reason for them to be viewed positively. (2) Consider a physician who practices at a nationally recognized cancer center.

Define what you are looking for in a specialist, and consider your first encounter with a new doctor like a job interview— with you conducting the interview. UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF CANCER SPECIALISTS Your chances of selecting the optimal specialists improve when you understand how to differentiate among doctors. Lori and I believe it is helpful to first divide doctors into two major groups: (1) those specialists whose practices include—but do not treat exclusively—cancer patients, such as general surgeons, neurosurgeons, urologists, ENTs, and gynecologists, and (2) physicians whose sole focus is on cancer-related diagnoses.

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