When you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, you are bombarded with endless treatment decisions. Since cancer moves fast, you may accept the treatment suggestion from your doctor and start the process to becoming cancer-free. What if there is a better treatment? What if the suggested treatment was not the optimal choice? “One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that up to one in five of those will be misdiagnosed or mistreated, which may result in increased chances for recurrence or sub-optimal treatment, leading to unnecessary side-effects and complications” (OncoLogic Advisors). Receiving a cancer second opinion ensures you that your diagnosis is correct and your treatment plan is optimal.
Reasons to receive a cancer second opinion:
- You want to explore all the options
- You want to ensure your diagnosis is correct
- You want to learn about clinical trials
- You have a rare cancer type
- Many options exist for your cancer type
- Your doctor is unsure of your treatment
- You are unsure of your doctor
- Your doctor is not a specialist in your cancer type
- You want to be sure you are receiving the optimal treatment
How do I receive a cancer second opinion?
It is important to let your doctor know you wish to seek a second opinion. Most doctors will even recommend a cancer second opinion doctor. Make sure your cancer second opinion doctor has the necessary credentials, board certification, training, and experience. You can find a doctor through a referral, local hospital/clinics, medical associations, American Board of Medical Specialties, American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and OncoLogic Advisors.
What do I bring to my appointment?
You will be asked to bring (or send over) necessary medical records, such as tests results (blood work or imaging tests). Many times the doctor providing the cancer second opinion will request tests or procedures you have already completed, eliminating the repeat process. The cancer second opinion doctor may also request images, such as computed tomography (CT) scan and pathology slides (from biopsy).
What do I discuss in my appointment?
Make sure to listen carefully to your options and take notes during the appointment. If you do not understand the diagnosis, ask questions. It is important that you feel comfortable and confident about the information that is being discussed. Bring a family member or close friend with you to the appointment.
After the appointment:
Now that you have received a second opinion, it is time to find the optimal treatment plan. Make an appointment with your first doctor and discuss the second opinion results. If necessary, arrange for the two doctors to speak and review the case together. Seek a third opinion, if necessary.
Remember – When diagnosed with cancer, time is of the essence. Make sure you receive a timely appointment, to avoid a long interruption time before treatment. At Oncologic Advisors, we understand your time is valuable and provide fast and objective second opinions.
About our service:
OncoLogic Advisors are a group of dedicated, objective oncologists providing navigational assistance to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. If necessary, we arrange for second or multiple opinions from leading physicians—regionally or nationwide. As objective patient advocates, our approach is revolutionary. We cast a wide net and do the analysis and research, enabling patients to make confident decisions about doctors, treatment centers, and methods of treatment. We review the risks and benefits of each of those treatments—all while providing support and guidance through each decision point—from work-up and beyond. We prepare patients to ask relevant and necessary questions during their doctor visits. Our current healthcare system lacks objective, expert, oncologist advocates for cancer patients. OncoLogic Advisors, a logical, revolutionary service, is changing the paradigm.