The more you are able to learn regarding your cancer diagnosis and options for treatment, the better your chance of getting the treatment that is most appropriate for you. Cancers are more treatable than they were previously, however, there are also a larger variety of treatment options and procedures which are more complicated. Having a second opinion for your care can help you better understand these options and make an informed decision regarding which option is right for you. A second opinion will help to assure you and your family about the direction you’re taking. Second opinions do, however, reassure you and your family in their decision making.
GETTING A SECOND OPINION IS A VITAL PART OF BECOMING MORE EDUCATED ABOUT YOUR TREATMENT OPTIONS AND YOUR CANCER.
WHAT IS A SECOND OPINION?
A second opinion involves an evaluation of any recommendations you have previously received, either the patient or the primary care doctor can start the process.
Typically the patient can get a second opinion directly or by a referral. Our physician or team of physicians will look at the following:
- PATHOLOGY REPORT (THE WAY THE CANCER APPEARS UNDER THE MICROSCOPE)
- HOW EXTENSIVE THE CANCER IS
- THE PATIENT’S PHYSICAL CONDITION
- THE TREATMENT THAT HAS BEEN PROPOSED
The patient can then relay the opinion about their treatment to their family physician. The review team is made up of several oncologists and specialists.
WHY DO I NEED A SECOND OPINION?
A second opinion may be a vital part in the process of the patients education on their tumor and the options available to them.
To receive the optimal treatment they must understand the type of cancer they have and the available treatment options that exist. Because new treatment options are developing rapidly, a second opinion allows the patient and their family to explore those traditional treatment options as well as any new options available.
IS IT “BAD ETIQUETTE” TO GET A SECOND OPINION?
This is a part of cancer management that assist the patent in understand the options available.
If your opting to get a second opinion, please communicate with your primary care physician to obtain any information necessary for a specialist team to review.