Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a life-changing event and you may be overwhelmed with what to do next. A second opinion can provide you with a better understanding of your diagnosis and treatment options. A fresh look at your health from another physician may provide a different management plan or reaffirm that the plan provided is appropriate.
When to Seek A Second Opinion
There are many reasons why you may want to seek a second opinion during the course of your cancer care.
- Your confidence level in your current doctor’s ability to treat your cancer
- If you have a rare or unusual cancer type
- If your cancer isn’t responding to current treatment
Why Get a Second Opinion
Getting a second opinion can shed new light on treatment options or give you the confidence to proceed with your care — either way it is important to get on the path to the right treatment for you.
- Confirm Your Diagnosis
- In cancer care, it is very common for patients to get a second opinion, and most physicians are comfortable with the request and welcome it. Confirming your diagnosis will also help you feel assured with your course of treatment.
- Discover More Treatment Options
- Not all medical facilities are created equal. By seeking a second opinion, a different treatment method that is not available at one facility may be recommended elsewhere and be a better option for you.
- A Full Care Team At Your Disposal
- A fully integrated team generally includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, nurse navigators and more. Prior to making a selection for your care, make sure that the team you choose provides access to everything you may need including support services such as classes, support groups, and financial counselors.
By going through the process of getting a second opinion you will find additional support and feel confident that you are making the best choice in your medical care. Don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion.
If you are in need of a second opinion, please contact one of the DMG Integrated Oncology Program nurse navigators at 1−855−436−4662.