Sample letter to a doctor: " When you are asking for help from a doctor you have never met, but have determined is an expert on your problem ( as result of your internet search) , you may want help in figuring out how to talk to them.
The following is a sample letter .
Dear Dr. Smith:
Paragraph I: Introduction and explanation of why you have chosen to write this particular doctor
I apologize for writing without the benefit of an introduction, but do so on behalf of my mother who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. I read of your (insert reason why you think they are a fit: research on the drug Iressa, expertise in new drug development, expertise in a new surgical procedure) and write with the hope that you might be willing to help.
Paragraph II: Summary of the medical situation
My mother, (insert name), was diagnosed with stage IIIA non-small cell lung cancer in June 2000. At that time, she underwent surgery to remove a portion of her right lung at ABC hospital in XYZ town. It was noted that the cancer had spread to the adjacent and even distant lymph nodes. As a result, my mother also underwent (specific details) eight weeks of radiation therapy and ten weeks of chemotherapy with the following drugs: (insert names of medications used if known). She then entered a remission.
Paragraph III: Current concern and how the doctor can help
Last week, we learned that my mother’s cancer has recurred in a single nodule in the remaining area of her right lung. My mother is eager to take all possible aggressive measures to combat this disease. I read of your recent work with a clinical trial (again, insert the reason you think they are a fit) and wondered if you would be willing to evaluate my mother as a candidate for participation in this trial.
We understand that this is one of many such requests that come across your desk and greatly appreciate any guidance that you can lend.
Thank you, in advance, for your help. I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience. "
Doctors are often willing to help someone in need ! All you need to do is to learn how to ask nicely !