Getting a Second Opinion

Before starting treatment

You might want a second opinion about your diagnosis and treatment plan. You may want to find a medical center that has a lot of experience with treating esophageal cancer. You may even want to talk to several different doctors about all of the treatment options, their side effects, and the expected results.

Most doctors welcome a second opinion

Some people worry that the doctor will be offended if they ask for a second opinion. Usually the opposite is true. And many health insurance companies will pay for a second opinion if you or your doctor requests it.

If you get a second opinion, the second doctor may agree with your first doctor’s diagnosis and treatment plan. Or the second doctor may suggest another approach. Either way, you have more information and perhaps a greater sense of control. You can feel more confident about the decisions you make, knowing that you’ve looked at your options.

Want more info? Check Out Recommended Questions for Doctors or Assembling a Team

Source: The Web site of the National Cancer Institute

Last updated: April 10, 2012 at 15:35 pm

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