Cancer Second Opinion2024-06-14T04:56:20-04:00

Cancer Second Opinion

CentraState is committed to helping patients find peace of mind throughout their cancer journey. A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event that requires confidence in one’s treatment plan. It is very common for patients to seek second opinions to find additional reassurance about their diagnosis and cancer treatment options. Physicians often collaborate in cancer care, consulting with other physicians to develop the best treatment plan possible. A second opinion can be part of the collaborative process, providing reassurance and helping patients find a care team and program that work best for them.

When to Get a Second Opinion About Your Cancer Diagnosis

You may want to consider getting a second opinion before beginning your treatment to clarify your diagnosis and obtain additional information and resources. Many insurance companies require a second opinion before treatment begins. However, even if you have already started treatment, it is still possible to seek a second opinion. In this situation, a second opinion can help you understand if your treatment is working effectively.

Why Get a Second Opinion?

A second opinion allows you to:

  • Get more information about your diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Explore other treatment options.
  • Learn about cancer clinical trials that may be available to you.
  • Feel more in control during a challenging time.
  • Know that you explored all of your options and can make informed decisions about your treatment.

What to Bring to Your Visit

It’s helpful to bring the following to your second opinion visit:

  • Copies of your medical records.
  • A list of your medications, including any vitamins and supplements you take.
  • Your initial diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • A trusted family member or friend to help you navigate the discussion.
  • Questions you would like answered by the care team.

CentraState's Oncologists & Cancer Specialists

CentraState’s oncologist and cancer care specialists are leaders in their fields and passionate about the medicine they practice. Our team is skilled in identifying personalized therapies for each patient, which facilitates better outcomes for patients. CentraState offers the most advanced cancer treatments and technology available, including immunotherapy, hormone therapy, robotic-assisted cancer surgery, video-assisted thoracic surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and groundbreaking clinical trials. When it comes to treating your cancer, the best option is to have every option available and find a cancer care team that works best for you.

Next Steps

If you decide to proceed with cancer treatment, then it’s time to choose an oncologist (cancer doctor) and a hospital where the treatment will be carried out. To find an oncologist or learn more about the Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState, please call 855-411-CANCER or fill out a Request More Information form today.