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Telemedicine Provider Discusses Cancer Treatment (Part 3)
After acquiring a better understanding of your diagnosis of cancer, be it through acceptance or working through the process of gaining knowledge and seeking treatment, it is necessary to look at the forms of treatment available and ask a doctor to explain what is best in your situation. The reality of cancer treatment is that, even twenty years ago the methods for dealing with breast cancer were much more radical and surgical (a radical mastectomy) than they are in 2012. Treatment evolves, making surgery less invasive and often pairing it with a complementary treatment like radiation therapy or chemotherapy. There are even cancers which have little to no effect on daily life, or overall quality of life, making observation the best method for treatment and only modifying at such time as growth patterns and rates change. The patient must understand in all of the treatment variations that there are not guarantees, but knowledge makes everything that much easier over the course of events.
To start to wrap up this conversation on a diagnosis of cancer, it is important to understand that knowledge is the key to making appropriate decisions. It is true that there will be shock, depression and potentially anger that comes with any diagnosis of cancer but it is important to remember that certain cancers are not as dire in the grand scheme of things. However, when there is a life altering diagnosis made, it is always best to weigh the options and determine what course of treatment will provide you personally the best quality of life.
We understand that the diagnosis of cancer has little to do with telemedicine, but the tricks garnered within the article apply to every aspect of your personal medical life. For instance, it is always preferable to have a doctor who is capable of listening when you really need to talk to a doctor about a difficult set of symptoms. You also want to find medical providers who are interested in exploring treatment options which are not stuck in 1985, instead searching out a forward modification of services which combine technologies like telemedicine with conventional hospital based treatments. The goal must always be allowing a patient to live the best life possible.
Posted by: Michelle Germann
Created on: Sun 29 April 2012 15:14
Last modified: Thu 18 October 2012 08:00