Husband with MS recently diagnosed with stage 3

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Husband with MS recently diagnosed with stage 3

by Tisha on Sat Sep 17, 2011 04:44 AM

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My husband was diagnosed with MS in 1993. He`s done quite well with it. Last week he was diagnosed with stage 3 adenocarinoma. He recieves his medical treatment from the VA and right now I am not comfortable with them. I have scheduled a second opinion for next week. He is scheduled to begin chemo and radiation next week. Has anyone had a second opinion which differed from the original?

RE: Husband with MS recently diagnosed with stage 3

by thebyrdsfriend on Sun Oct 16, 2011 07:23 PM

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Hi Tisha, if you click on my name, it will take you to my profile, and you can read how and why I got a second opinion.  But, first let me tell you that I went to a teaching hospital.  I, and lots of others on here, believe they are a great place to go.  They have doctors who are specialists in just your type of cancer, and they are in on all the newest clinical trials.  I will also tell you that wherever there is a teaching hospital, there is a VA hospital nearby.  My oncologist (I just found this out 3 months ago) also works for the VA.  He is a lung cancer specialist, and I have such good things to say about him.  But he is the one who told me that our VA hospital in Milwaukee is a really good one.  So, if you want another opinion, I would start at the teaching hospital nearest your VA.  But, I would also start asking around at the VA about the oncologists who work there from that teaching hospital, and if there is a specialist in lung cancer.  Is a lobectomy out of the question?  If so, then I believe the treatment scheduled is the norm.  You didn't say where you were seeking another opinion from, but I think you should write down all your concerns with the VA, and write down any cancer questions you may have.  There are lots of us on here who are stage 3, and we do have different treatments.  I must say I am very happy I got another opinion.  Most small towns have an oncologist that treats all types of cancer.  He just follows the "normal" treatment for their staged cancer, and procedes.  Well, I am 100% thrilled my hometown oncologist was wrong, and I'm glad I went to a teaching hospital with a specialist in lung cancer.  Keep in touch, there are a lot of us who can help with any questions you may have.  God Speed, and blessings sent to your family.

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