Second Opinions with Piedmont Cancer Institute Physicians
If you have received a diagnosis or recommendation for treatment, it can be overwhelming. There are so many questions and decisions to be made. Getting a second opinion can help.
Second opinions are very common. Yet some patients worry that their doctor will be offended if they ask for a second opinion. Usually, the opposite is true. Most doctors welcome a second opinion. Second opinions help you gain a better understanding of what treatment options are available and help you become better informed when determining your treatment decisions. And many health insurance companies pay for a second opinion or even require them, particularly if a doctor recommends surgery. (Always check with your insurance carrier prior to scheduling your appointment).
Start the process today. Our team of expert medical oncologists will review your medical records, imaging, and test results to determine your personalized treatment recommendations.
Getting a Second Opinion
It's best to involve your doctor in the process of getting a second opinion, because he or she will need to make your medical records (such as your test results and x-rays) available to the doctor giving the second opinion. You may wish to bring a family member along for support when asking for a second opinion.
After you talk to a doctor about the diagnosis and treatment plan for your cancer, call us to schedule your appointment. Our specialists will review all the materials related to your case. Our doctors may agree with the treatment plan proposed by your first doctor, or they may suggest changes or another approach. Either way, getting a second opinion may:
- Give you more information
- Answer any questions you may have
- Give you a greater sense of control
- Help you feel more confident, knowing you have explored all your options
How Does It Work?
- We start with you. PCI oncologists review the whole person, which starts with a detailed medical records review.
- Our medical records team will assist you with collecting your medical records (if your records are in the U.S.).
- An expert medical oncologist from Piedmont Cancer Institute will review your medical information.
- We will set up an in-person medical conference with you and a family member to discuss the written Piedmont Cancer Institute Second Opinion for you to share with your care team.
Connect with the PCI Cancer Care Team
Call our office today to get started.