Buddy Check: Finding the Right Person to Help Fight Breast Cancer
LAS VEGAS (KLAS)– October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and an estimated one in eight women will receive this dreaded diagnosis.
Three doctors – oncologists – surgeons who had breast cancer. The roles were turned, they got to see what it was like to be a patient, and they learned a few things by finding the right cancer team for them.
“I consider myself to have dual citizenship – a doctor and a patient,” said Dr Weiss.
Breastcancer.org Founder and Chief Medical Officer Marissa Weiss shares her observations with other doctors on their journey with breast cancer.
“I have learned that the doctor-patient relationship is so sacred, you really trust someone to protect and cherish your life and your life is your greatest gift,” added Dr. Weiss.
Each expert recommends meeting with a few doctors if you can. Ask for references. Read the reviews. And prepare for this first meeting.
“Someone who has the expertise, judgment, knowledge and experience you need to get the best care possible. The best possible care means the greatest benefits and the fewest side effects, ”added Dr. Weiss.
A doctor who listens to the patient. Hear the patient. Take the patient seriously. And will help bring the patient back to the person he was before the diagnosis.
“The only way to get the care I needed was to stand up for myself to find my voice to express myself,” added Dr Weiss
While this is a club that neither of them wanted to be – they came out on the other side – with a better understanding of what it’s like to be a patient and a survivor.