Choosing a cancer care team is not something most of us have done in our lives, and yet it’s one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. It is very important that you feel confident in your decision and that you’re comfortable with your team and their treatment plan. Getting a second opinion can be an important part of that process.
There have been many advances in cancer treatments in recent years, including clinical research trials available, so some cancer treatment centers may have a slightly different approach to treating your specific type of cancer. Seeking a second opinion will allow you to determine if there are other options available to you.
At Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC), we want to ensure that your thoughts and feelings about your treatment plan are taken into consideration and that a plan is devised together.
Your insurance will usually cover a second opinion and some insurance plans actually insist on getting one. If you're not sure, contact your insurance company and they will let you know.
During a second opinion appointment, the oncologist will most likely want to review:
Based on the information that's available, the oncologist/hematologist will tell you if they agree with the diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, or if there is something else they suggest based on their experience, available treatment technologies, research, and/or results they have experienced with other patients.