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YOUR CANCER YOUR LIFE – RIGHT TO MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS (DIFFICULTIES IN EXERCISING YOUR RIGHT TO DECIDE – INTRODUCTION)

by admin - May 12th, 2009.
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In practice, one major difficulty is that your practitioner may not even consider alternatives to his or her usual standard recommendation. In the last section we have discussed how you can obtain more information. Ask for alternatives directly: ‘What wet!Id happen if I don’t have what you recommend?’ ‘I realise you are recommending what you believe to be the best treatment, but what others are possible?’ ‘What about radiation treatment?’ and so on.

After assessing all the information yourself, you may well decide that what your practitioner first recommended is indeed the best choice for you. It might seem easier just to say: ‘Doctor knows best—I’ll do what he or she says.’ Don’t fall into this trap. Your practitioner has many reasons for recommending a particular treatment and I’m afraid that they do not all centre around you as a unique individual person.

Most practitioners have a series of set recommendations for various set types of patient. From their own experience and attitudes, and from the knowledge gained from their reading of the latest reports from all around the world, they decide on what they believe to be, generally, the best form of treatment for a particular type of cancer. Because practitioners are individuals with different priorities and beliefs, they do not all reach the same conclusions.

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