Considering a second opinion? It is important to know you can get a second opinion at any time during your treatment. This can be very helpful to ensure you are as comfortable as possible with your treatment plan. If you are considering getting another opinion however, we recommend you do so at the beginning of your cancer care if possible to allow for a change in treatment if needed.
“Anytime a patient is given a diagnosis that is maybe not the most common, or maybe has some intricacies or nuances, then it’s probably a good idea to meet with multiple physicians who can give opinions on treatment plans for that unique diagnosis,” says Dr. Jessica Burns, a breast cancer surgeon for ProMedica, and Dr. Christopher Lutman, a gynecologic oncologist with Mercy Health in a recent article.
At first, it might feel like you are doubting your doctor’s judgment, however, it’s a fairly common request that doctors are used to hearing.
If you are already confident with your original physician’s/team’s treatment recommendations, that’s great! Other resources you can explore that can provide additional support include reputable online support groups and the Breast Advocate App.