Looking for a Second Opinion on Breast Cancer in Texas

After discussing with your doctor about your situation, you might want to find another doctor who will review your case and offer a second opinion. You need to find a breast cancer specialist working with a multidisciplinary team of medical oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiation oncologists, and radiologists. He will be your source of the second opinion from other experts. You may also decide to approach individual specialists, say if you only need the second opinion of a pathologist and no one else.

  • Pathology opinions – When seeking a second opinion on treatment, your preferred specialist will order a pathology second opinion for you through their hospital’s pathology department. It’s possible also for you to seek a pathology second opinion on your own without having an in-person office visit. The pathologist will require your initial pathology report and also take your tissue samples.
  • Treatment opinions – For a second opinion on your treatment plan, you can ask your physician to have your case reviewed by the hospital’s tumor board. With this review, you’ll have all the confirmation necessary to proceed with your treatment or raise new questions you wish to discuss with your doctor. When seeking second opinions, it’s better to look outside your current treatment center to avoid getting the same opinion. Many major medical centers are now offering online second opinion services where a specialist reviews all your test results with additional information and sends a compiled report of recommendations to your current doctor.

Here are tips for finding a specialist for your second opinion:

  • Ask your current doctor – You can ask your primary care physician, or a nurse or social worker to recommend someone from another treatment center.
  • Search online for major cancer centers in your area or call physician referral lines – By doing a broader internet search, you should find names of physicians specializing in breast cancer and review their background information.
  • Search for the National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers – By targeting your search within the NCI, you will find breast cancer experts who are up-to-date with the latest treatment options and diagnostic techniques.
  • Ask friends or family – Your friends or family may be able to give you recommendations from their previous experiences.

If you have concerns regarding costs, you may have to limit your search to physicians who are part of your health plan (preferred providers) or those who will accept your insurance. If this is the case, you have to understand your insurance coverage to know if your plan is going to pay for your type of cancer. Some plans may cover treatment second opinions but not pathology second opinions.

 

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