Cancer is a complex disease that will impact not only the patients’ health but also their daily life and often their family, job ... It is important to first understand very well the information provided by the oncologist and in case there is any doubt, not to hesitate to ask for a second medical advice from another doctor.
After, if the first line of treatment isn’t working, it can be important to look at other options. Oncologists must follow official guidelines but sometimes none of the routine tests can explain why the approved treatment is not working or in the guidelines there might be several options and none of the classical tests can discriminate which option is the best for the patient’s specific cancer. This is where precision medicine can play a crucial role. The associated results must be discussed with the oncologist and the expert providing those tests to insure the best therapeutic option and avoid any frustration or misleading conclusion.