Should you get a second opinion?
Once your cancer has been diagnosed and your treatment plan outlined, you may want to get advice from another specialist before you begin your treatment. Getting a second opinion can help you be sure that all aspects of your case have been carefully reviewed and considered and that you’ve considered all appropriate treatment options.
Requesting a second opinion does not mean that you are unsatisfied with the diagnostic and treatment advice you have been given. Neither will it significantly postpone your treatment. It is simply a way to become better informed and to make sure that you have access to all the benefits of specialized expertise.
Most doctors welcome a second opinion consultation, and many insurance plans even require a second opinion before beginning cancer treatment.
In addition to our multi-disciplinary approach to initial diagnosis and treatment, Gibbs Cancer Center offers a formalized second opinion clinic, in which a team of cancer specialists and other medical professionals reviews and evaluates your treatment plan.
Sometimes your second opinion team may discover that your case is more complex than it had seemed;
it may recommend additional tests or new treatments not previously considered;
or it might agree that your current plan is appropriate.
In all cases, this multi-disciplinary consultation makes sure you have access to the latest scientific expertise and evidence-based treatment for your unique situation.
You should consider bringing along a family member or friend to help you listen and absorb the information. You will also want to involve your current doctor in the process so that your entire treatment team stays up to date.