There are lots of reasons to seek a second opinion.
Here are a few:
- Some doctors may favor one treatment approach, while others might suggest a different combination of treatments.
- Doctors in each oncology specialty bring different training and perspectives to cancer treatment planning.
- Another doctor’s opinion may change the diagnosis or reveal a treatment
your first doctor was not aware of.
- You need to hear arguments for all of your treatment options.
- Childhood cancer diagnosis could be a tricky thing, especially if it’s a sarcoma or any other soft tissue cancer.
- Diagnosis does not relate only to type (which in some cases be more than one), but also to other parameters such as grade etc.
- A second opinion is also a way to make sure your pathology diagnosis and staging are accurate,
and that you are aware of clinical trials that you might want to consider.
ALWAYS insist on getting a second opinion in order to save unnecessary treatments.
You should know that any good oncologist would welcome a second and even a third opinion.