Edward is offering a Second Opinion Clinic to help patients get thorough, expedited second opinions for cancer and other conditions. A nurse navigator guides the patient, coordinates timely visits with specialists, and works with the first physician’s office to obtain the necessary medical information, such as imaging or test results.
When should you seek a second medical opinion?
Alex Hantel, MD, Director of Medical Oncology for Edward Cancer Center, says that seeking a second opinion is especially appropriate in life-threatening, unusual or complicated cases where there are multiple potential courses of treatment. And, Dr. Hantel says patients should not be concerned about offending their physician.
“Most physicians realize that patients have the right to seek a second opinion,” says Dr. Hantel. “In many cases we encourage patients to get another physician’s perspective. And many patients from across the region seek second opinions from Edward Cancer Centers and other highly-specialized services at Edward.”
Second opinions can offer:
• Better understanding of your diagnosis, treatment options and prognosis.
• A fresh analysis from a doctor whose approach may be more aggressive or more conservative than your physician, and who may know of alternative treatments.
• Reassurance that the original treatment plan is your best option.
If you plan to seek a second opinion, check your insurance coverage – insurers sometimes cover second opinions.
“Don’t be afraid to talk with your physician about seeking a second opinion,” says Dr. Hantel. “It’s your life and your health.”
For more information and to get a second medical opinion, visit www.edward.org/secondopinion.