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Importance of Seeking a Second Opinion in Cancer Treatments: MediAngels

Dr. Shome recollects that when his father, an ex-Army doctor had been diagnosed with cancer, the consultants had given senior Dr. Shome only six months.

Mumbai, India, September 27, 2015 --( Dr. Debraj Shome, founder of, (a leading portal for patients to consult doctors from around the world), talks about his personal experiences in getting a second opinion for cancer patients.

Dr. Shome recollects that when his father, an ex-Army doctor had been diagnosed with cancer, the consultants had given senior Dr. Shome only six months. Dr. Debraj Shome remembers not being happy with the opinion and seeking out his friends in the US medical community for newer modes of treatment for his father. His friends were able to help him access revolutionary drugs for curing cancer which were still undergoing trails in the US. The new treatment had given his father an additional three years. The experience had made the doctor realise the importance of a second opinion and he had been a strong advocate of the practice ever since.

The founder of MediAngels reiterates that cancer delivers a debilitating blow to the patient and family members. Almost everyone feels hopeless and do not think of seeking another consultant for advice. He suggests that people must seek out other specialists who can look at the test reports and diagnosis with new eyes and sometimes suggest treatment options that may cure the patient. Dr. Shome is hopeful that the recent trend of patient-wellness that seeks to turn the patient back into a healthy individual would help people realise the importance of seeking a second expert opinion.

A recent survey by MediAngels had found that approximately 44 per cent of its 12,500 patients who had approached the portal’s doctors for a second opinion about the surgery they had been recommended, actually did not need one. Since cancer can also be cured to a considerable degree, if not entirely, by chemotherapy, it is always advisable to seek second opinion for cancer from specialists who can provide more details on the alternative treatment options. Understanding and managing risk factors, counselling and preventive care and lifestyle changes can also help the patient get a new lease of life and enjoy a healthy cancer-free living.

About is the world's first online hospital. MediAngels matches each patient and every disease to the best doctors in the world for diagnosis and treatment. Our doctors are invited faculty from amongst the top 1% specialists in the world and belong to top hospitals like the Mayo Clinic, M.D. Anderson, Harvard, Stanford, Apollo, Fortis and many others. Our doctors are the ones other doctors refer patients to and seek second opinions from. Our doctors are also the ones who are conducting medical research and writing textbooks other doctors read and quote! We firmly believe that the best medical experts can transform your treatment and save your life. MediAngels’ best doctor panel is trusted by patients globally, for medical expertise, online medical consultations, treatment recommendations and medical second opinions.

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