NON PALEO - Getting an unbiased medical opinion on a cancer drug

Commented on July 15, 2012
Created July 15, 2012 at 11:35 PM

I have advanced cervical cancer with a bad prognosis (lucky if I'll make it even 5 years). Currently I get high dose chemo every three weeks, with the goal being to eventually get to chemo-radiation.

I recently read about a new drug going to a phase I clinical trial that I am interested in, especially if I can avoid radiation!

The problem is that I need an unbiased medical opinion.

My current oncologist has both ego and a financial interest in keeping me as a patient, and she poo poos anything but our current protocol. I have thought of contacting the doctors sponsoring the trial, but they have a financial and an emotional investment as well.

I have thought about contacting an alternative doctor, but with these things, you really need someone well versed in the biochemistry of cancer.

Any ideas of who I can go to for thoughts on this new drug (it is named G-202, in case anyone wants to know).



on July 15, 2012
at 11:51 PM

I second Sara S. on getting a second opinion. If your doc is worth her salt she shouldn't be offended by you getting another opinion. Good luck to you!



on July 15, 2012
at 11:47 PM

I think you could get a second oncologist for a second opinion. If you're worried about your first oncologist's ego, maybe you can do it without telling her? But ultimately you have to do what you feel comfortable with, taking into consideration your energy levels and risk aversion. I voted to close this because it's not on topic, but I wish you the best of luck.

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