Archive for Patient Advocacy

Study: Second Opinions Change Treatment More Than Half the Time!

Heard this on the Today Show this morning: http://www.cancer.med.umich.edu/news/second_opinion06.shtml A study at the University of Michigan — women with breast cancer were studied, and 52% of the time a second opinion yielded changes in the original protocol recommendations for their treatments. Every Patient’s Advocate’s recommendation: whenever your treatment will be at ALL invasive (surgery, difficult […]

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Are you a cyberchondriac?

It’s a new word to me, but today I learned it’s been around since 1999 (way back then!) Recognizing the web as fertile ground for those who fantasize they are suffering from some dreadful malady, “cyberchondria” was coined as the internet version of hypochondria, of course. As the moderator on the Research Help Board at […]

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Ovarian Cancer – an Invisible Disease

She’s elderly. And for more than six months, she has complained with what seemed to be gastro-intestinal symptoms. Bloat, pain, fullness, lack of appetite, swelling and more. Tests on her gastro system including CT scans, ultrasound and an MRI were run and – nothing. Some of her current drugs, including Zoloft, were cut back to […]

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Posted in: Healthcare Quality, Medical Errors / Mistakes / Misdiagnosis, Patient Advocacy

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