Obligated to continue with doctor?

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Question from Bella: Once I commence treatment with one doctor, am I obliged to continue with him or her?
Answers - Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. No. But make sure that you're not contemplating a change in doctors because you don't like the news the doctor gave you. In other words, changing because a physician had to tell you bad news will just increase the stress in your life. On the other hand, finding the right doctor is a lot like finding a life partner. I always tell my patients, 'We don't marry the first person we date, and we can't expect to always click with the first doctor.' It is critical that you feel you're getting the best care for you. Sometimes switching to another physician can help you cope with the cancer and its treatment more effectively.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called The Doctor-Patient Relationship featured Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how to find the right doctor for you, and how to create and maintain a good, open relationship with your doctor so you can be sure to get all the care and information you need.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2003.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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