Feb 11, 2004 - 9:44 pm
Are there some doctors who are more extreme in their treatment recommendations than others? I would imagine this is true. How do you know who to "go with"? My father supposedly had superficial bladder cancer, had the bacterial treatments twice and was told the cancer cells were gone. A doctor at a second larger hospital has recommended taking out the bladder. This may be because a growth was just discovered in his kidney. That has to come out. The doctor said he might as well have the bladder out now too, since he most likely will have to eventually anyway. That sounds extreme and unconvincing to me. Too effcient. The cancer was not in the muscle of the bladder. Wouldn't they at least try to burn it out first or chemo? The first (more conservative) doctor was very nice and caring. The second doctor has horrible bedside manner but is supposedly very good. Any advice? I think my father should go for a 3rd opinion but I don't want to be too pushy. What is the right thing to do?