Request a Second Opinion
Have your cancer diagnosis and treatment plan reviewed by one of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers’ expert oncologists.
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.
When to Get a Second Opinion
- If you are unsure about a diagnosis or treatment plan discussed with you, or want either confirmed
- If you want access to clinical trials
- If you are considering a treatment plan that involves risk or may have significant consequences
- If you’re uncomfortable with your first physician
- If your condition is not improving or is getting worse
- If you need to make a major decision about a medical procedure
- If you need to make informed choices about your healthcare or that of a loved one
Who Pays for a Second Opinion?
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.
What to Expect During a Second Opinion Appointment
During a second opinion appointment, the oncologist will most likely want to review:
- Your medical records that include the diagnosis and stage
- Most recent blood test results
- Any images such as CTs, MRIs, or PET Scans on discs
- Biopsy results
- The treatment plan that's been recommended
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.