- Question from What's For Dinner: My oncologist is a great guy, and I like him a lot. But I was recently diagnosed with a recurrence, and I'm wondering if I should go to a different doctor this time. My doctor is about 60 years old, and I'm not sure he's really up on the latest research.
- Answers - Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H. Changing doctors at this point may be an unnecessary stress. An older physician will have many years of experience and wisdom that will be very valuable to you as you move forward. Rest assured that most of us keep up on the literature through modern technologies, as well as journals. If, however, you find that your comfort level does not return to where it was before, a second opinion might be helpful. And it does not necessarily mean you need to permanently change your physician. Websites such as ours can help you keep up with the research yourself.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. Print out a Research News or content page that you think might be helpful in your situation, and bring it into this doctor to facilitate a discussion.
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.
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