Miami, FL (PressExposure) February 25, 2011 -- Recent research and current trends in medical practice point to the paramount importance of obtaining a second opinion for cancer diagnoses. A number of studies conducted over the past five years have overwhelmingly found that not only is it crucial to obtain a second medical opinion from cancer specialists, but also from experts in related fields before beginning any type of cancer treatment.
In fact, an increasing number of medical centers have inaugurated second opinion boards where specialists from a variety of cancer-related fields convene to study patient cases, review treatment options, discuss possible interpretive differences regarding test results or diagnoses, or divergent medical opinions. For example, a very realistic diagnostic discord could consist in one surgeon electing a specifically aggressive and invasive treatment path, while another could perceive the cancer to be entirely inoperable. These types of divergent opinions are not uncommon in view of the fact that diagnosing cancer is not as explicit an exercise as is commonly perceived. Following a biopsy procedure, the difference between malignant cells and non-malignant cells is not necessarily dramatically different. This leaves a rather heightened possibility of discordant diagnoses delivered by physicians. A recent study reported in the journal Cancer found that about 12% of cancer patients in the United States are victims of an initial misdiagnosis. With rates of misdiagnosis being so astonishingly high, and new cases being reported every day, an independent medical review could be exceptionally vital in saving a patients' time, money, or even life.
Even beyond the aforementioned case, obtaining a second opinion does not necessarily have to reflect a situation of disagreement between doctor and patient, but should rather be understood as an imperative precautionary measure. Requesting online medical advice with Activ Doctors is exceptionally simple, and means that a team of experts reviews all pertinent documentation related to the initial diagnosis, or lack thereof. When prompt intervention is prescribed by a physician, and patients find themselves with insufficient mobility or at an incapacitating geographical distance from any expert able to furnish an independent review, Activ Doctors Online virtually eliminates this concern. Additionally, patients can obtain a Second Opinion report within just 48 hours of submitting their medical records. If getting one can save a life, perhaps it's time for people turn on their computers.