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second opinions

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:25 pm
by dmc236
after being seen at regional specialist centre, are patients able to request a second opinion from a different specialist centre of thir choice??

Re: second opinions

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:45 am
by dmc236
can anyone help with this question, maybe a moderator or jeni please? :D

Re: second opinions

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:23 am
by PCUK Nurse Dianne
Thank you for the post asking about second opinions.

Yes it is within your rights to ask for a second opinion, and in most cases the Consultant you have seen in the first instance would not have an issue in referring you onwards. I will email you some further information about how to go about this, and the information you will require.

Hopefully you will find the email helpful.

Kind regards,

Dianne
Support Team

Re: second opinions

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:36 pm
by AnneD
Hello - how are you getting on?
I haven't been posting lately and only looking in now and again.
I see you are seeking a second opinion.
Are you contemplating surgery for the IPMN?
It's nearly two years now since I had the Whipple and more than three and a half since the
distal pancreatectomy and splenectomy. As you know, both of these were to remove IPMN's.
I think I have coped well and have updated my story on "Real Life Stories".
Let me know how you are - I will keep looking in.
Best wishes,
Anne

Re: second opinions

Posted: Thu Nov 29, 2012 9:48 am
by dmc236
Hi Anne
good to hear from you, and that youre doing so well :D

Im not sure what to do realy about second opinion. It feels a bit like hobsons choice to have surgery and long recovery etc or carry on monitoring and have surgery later.
realy scared they wont catch it before it changes and becomes stage 2 etc, but they dont seem worried by this. Id love to be confident in theyre aproach 24/7 as they have so much experience with this horrible illness...but its my first time and i cant help being scared. like i have a cloud over my shoulder just waiting to catch me off gaurd. maybe im being over dramatic i dont know. but i know you will apreciate what i mean, having been through this your self.I seem to go a few days feelin kind of okay, then it'll flare up...lots of pain steatorea itching etc and then i think will it resolve this time or is it changing.

you take care anne, and thanks for posting x