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How can I know if I'm getting the medical treatment that is right for me?

Be actively engaged in all treatment decisions. If the doctor offers only one or two treatment options, ask for the entire range, from conservative to aggressive. Discuss the pros and cons of each, including recovery times, side effects and long-term prospects. Patients and doctors should agree on all aspects of the treatment plan before proceeding.

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