A second opinion can help you better understand your treatment options. This is particularly important if you have an uncommon form of cancer. Even with standard treatment protocols for your specific type and stage of cancer, there can be variations in treatment. Different doctors may take different approaches. Treatment type, treatment schedule, and supportive therapies could all be considered. You should also ask about any clinical trials that are available. If you get a second opinion, the doctor will first confirm your diagnosis. You should also know the type of cancer, where it is, if it has spread and if it affects other body parts. A second opinion is not just useful for getting medical information. It can also help you decide if a doctor, health care team, and treatment center are a good fit for you.
It is rare for successful treatment to come from just one doctor's efforts. Oncologists, surgeons, nurses, and others who have different perspectives and approaches must work together as part of a treatment team.
No matter where or how you get a second opinion, newly diagnosed cancer patients should be encouraged to know that there's more hope for cancer treatment today than ever before.