Sep 01, 2012 - 2:30 pm
I wanted to ask for your kind help.
My 87-year old mother has been receiving treatment for esophageal cancer for over a year and a half.
She is receiving treatment at a large and well known clinic/hospital which has a number of oncologists.
Despite the good reputation the clinic/hospital has, we were not happy with her oncologist. In fact, we were unhappy with him from day one.
Nevertheless, my mother continued to receive treatment from the same oncologist because my understanding is that this person specializes in treating esophageal cancer.
The other oncologists seem to be more involved with other types of cancer (stomach cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, etc.).
Since we believe that the oncologist is not giving my mother proper attention, we would like to get a second opinion.
I was thinking of asking the current clinic/hospital for a referral to another oncologist in the same medical facility. I think that most oncologists would probably be able to treat esophageal cancer.
However, I’m concerned that since the oncologists are all working at the same clinic/hospital, they would probably confirm what her present oncologist is doing and would not want to alter her treatment.
Also, I imagine there is some camaraderie among the staff and, therefore, the new oncologist may not like the fact that we changed our doctor and that would affect the treatment my mother receives.
I was therefore thinking of getting a second opinion at a different clinic/hospital. There is another facility that is about an hour and a half’s drive from where we live and it also has a very good reputation.
My concern, though, is that after reviewing her records, the new clinic/hospital may not want to treat her since she is a stage four patient. Or they may not want to treat her for some other reason. (She only has Medicare so I think that may limit the treatment she receives).
If we then try to return to the current clinic/hospital, they may not accept my mother back. Or, if they do, they will give her even less attention than they are presently doing since she tried to switch to another medical facility.
I’ve never really dealt with a serious medical issue that may require a second opinion so I’m not sure how it could be properly handled so that it doesn’t create many difficulties.
I would greatly appreciate hearing any advice and information in this regard.
Thank you once again for all your kind assistance.