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Getting a Second Opinion
Feeling confident in your diagnosis and treatment plan is key to your cancer care.
When to seek a second opinion
You may be concerned that seeking a second opinion will offend your provider who diagnosed you, or result in worse care. But second opinions for cancer diagnoses are common, and it’s generally viewed positively if a patient looks to get confirmation — or more information — on their diagnosis.
It can be particularly important to seek a second opinion if you have a rare cancer, are concerned about the treatment risks or side effects, are receiving ineffective treatment, or have health insurance that requires a second opinion. By getting a second opinion, you can be sure of your diagnosis, learn if the cancer has spread, and get the perspective of a specialist with different expertise.
The first step in getting a second opinion is talking to the provider who diagnosed you. Be upfront about why you are seeking a second opinion. And remember that it’s your right to obtain a second opinion if you so choose.
Contact us about a second opinion
If you’re looking for a second opinion from Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, contact a location near you to schedule an appointment.
Franciscan Surgical Associates at St. Joseph Medical Center
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