If you have been diagnosed with cancer, it’s wise to get a second opinion before you begin treatment.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, it’s often wise to get a second opinion before you start treatment. This means asking another doctor to review the first doctor’s diagnosis and treatment plan.
Some people worry that they will offend their doctor if they say they want a second opinion. Don’t be concerned about this. Getting a second opinion is common practice, and a good doctor will support your decision.
Why would I want to get a second opinion?
It can help you be sure the diagnosis is correct. No one is perfect, and even the best doctors sometimes make mistakes. Having another doctor review your diagnosis reduces the chance of errors.
How can I find a doctor to give a second opinion?
Ask your doctor to recommend another expert in the type of cancer you have.