News broke in September, 2014 that a laboratory technician at Hershey Medical Center failed to follow proper procedures when conducting a genetic test used to help physicians decide on cancer treatments, affecting the test results of 124 patients. As a private nurse advocate, I have seen more flawed lab tests than I care to admit. Usually they are a result of human error but when you are having testing that will ultimately determine a treatment option, always ask for a second opinion at a different facility. You want to trust your physician and your favorite hospital but you need to know that mistakes are made by even the best health care providers. Consult a private patient who will work for you and only you. Their advice will not be restrained by a particular hospital, insurance company, or drug company. A private advocate works for you and only you.