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All that said, I wouldn't settle for a doctor who had given up on me in advance. I'm often shocked by the stories I hear here of doctors who write off PC patients who are willing to undertake treatment without even trying. At least seek out a second opinion at a high-volume center. I don't have any personal experience with this, but if you search here, I believe you will find the names of some doctors who will undertake surgery even if the tumor encases the SMV.
Finally, while you should understand that a clinical trial is unlikely to
save your loved one's life, it is a way to give some meaning to the whole
experience--to contribute to the discovery of more effective treatments for
future patients. I'm shocked that this doctor didn't address that
consideration before rejecting a trial out of hand. Doctors are supposed to
encourage PC patients to consider a trial, at least on that basis.
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