We understand that when you or a loved one is newly diagnosed with cancer or a blood disorder or suffers a recurrence of the disease it can be an overwhelming and confusing process. Indeed, cancers are now more treatable than they have ever been before, but this progress has also come with many more treatment options to consider and more complicated procedures. Obtaining a second opinion may help you understand these options better and help you make an informed decision about which is best for you. Importantly, second opinions should never offend competent physicians but rather should be welcomed by them.
Indeed, we often review cases of our newly diagnosed patients and those seeking second opinions with a panel of fellow multidisciplinary cancer experts (surgeons, oncologists, radiation therapists, pathologists and radiologists) at our regular “tumor board conferences”.
This approach assures our patients that they will receive a therapy program that has been recommended and agreed upon by not only one but many cancer specialists. Moreover, given the high volume of cancer cases diagnosed and treated at our center we are confident in our recommendations. In our opinion, this team approach is the best and most fundamental way of successfully treating cancer.
We strive to extend our second opinion service in a timely fashion to both our local and international patients in regards to a recommended procedure or therapy. It can be both reassuring and validate a therapy if appropriate. If a differing opinion is reached it will be professionally conveyed to you and your treatment team.
Specific groups who should consider second opinions are as follows:
- If you do not understand your diagnosis, prognosis or treatment options.
- If you have been informed that treatment options are limited.
- If a clinical trial has been recommended to you.
- If your cancer has been described as rare.
- If only surgery or radiation therapy has been recommended for the treatment of your cancer.
- The diagnosis was made at a small hospital with a low volume of cancer cases or an inexperienced physician.
- You have been recommended treatment that is very aggressive or utilizes a new treatment approach.
When calling our office please indicate that your upcoming visit is for the purpose of a second opinion so as we can appropriately prepare and accommodate you.
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