Evaluating If a Doctor Is Right for You

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Patients may want to have a doctor who only focuses on chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) on their health care team, but how can people find a CLL specialist? What should patients look for in a doctor? CLL xperts Dr. Michael Keating and Dr. Alessandra Ferrajoli, both from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discuss where healthcare professionals are reviewed and recommended by others, and ways to determine if a physician is right for you. Tune in to find out more.

Provided by CLL Global Research Foundation, which received support from AbbVie Inc., Gilead Sciences, Inc., Pharmacyclics LLC and TG Therapeutics. It is produced by Patient Power in collaboration with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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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.

Jeff Folloder:                        

How do you find a CLL specialist? How do people find these fantastic doctors? 

Dr. Keating:                 

Dial 911. No, it’s actually getting much more difficult, because before there was as much success as we’re having at the present time, it was round up the usual suspects, that the same guys would be doing the studies. But now, there’s an increasing number of clinical trials that have a wide range of participants. So, they’re learning the disease better. But there’s no catalog, and no one’s going to say, Joe Blow’s not a CLL specialist, because Joe Blow will think he is. 

And so, it’s not something—it’s the same, how do you find a good body repair shop? You know? Someone told you that this guy did a good job on my car, so you go there. 

Jeff Folloder:               

I will tell you that people do talk online, especially on Facebook, a lot, and there are lists maintained, of who is provided excellent CLL service, and there’s a second part of this person’s question, that says, how can you evaluate if a physician is right for you? 

Purva Lad:                   

That’s fair.

Jeff Folloder:               

And, it’s a fair question, because not every doctor fits with every patient. 

Purva Lad:                   

Yeah, you may not hit it off with everybody.

Jeff Folloder:               

It happens.  

Dr. Ferrajoli:               

I think you realize once you meet the person. I always advocate, even when patients come back only to review the results of their workup, I always advocate to do it in person rather than over the phone.

So, I think, once you meet your doctor, you meet with your doctor once or twice, you’ll get a pretty good idea, whether you can work with that specialist, and whether that specialist is providing you the kind of input that you’re looking for.

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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