I wanted to share with you an amazing story which began a few weeks ago. A 28 year old woman with metastatic colon cancer with intra-abdominal spread came for a second opinion. She is well-educated and knows what she wants. She already had two opinions from the National Institutes of Health and the University of California at San Diego, and was open to hear what we would suggest.
I love patients who are informed (although it does not necessarily mean they have all the statistics and data correct). The discussion can move more quickly to create a plan, and there is no need to spend much time on the basics. But sometimes the problem with having a lot of information, especially from the internet and all the good friends you have, is prioritizing it. You have to decide what is the most important, what is validated, and what is a scam. Read the rest of this entry »