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Could Firing Your Doctor Save Your Life?

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Published on May 5, 2014

Randy Broad, of Kirkland, Washington, shares how he believes finding the courage to break away from his long-time doctor to find more personalized care at an academic medical center is the reason he is alive today. As a stage IIIb lung cancer survivor, he provides tips on how to find the right specialist for your condition and how to speak up and ask questions when your life is at stake.

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But he didn't pull any punches. He shared, I'm going to treat with you an intent to cure, which at that time I didn't really understand exactly what that term meant, but that's, in fact, what he did, and here I am. 

But there are a lot of advocacy groups, as I say, and there's just a lot of information.  And you can find which doctors are treated which by doing some searches, and I found this out subsequently that there were—that Seattle Cancer Care Alliance treats more patients of my disease than about—about 20 percent—excuse me, 20 times more in the Seattle area than anybody else. 

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

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