Get a Second Opinion
When facing a serious illness like cancer, knowing all of your options is important. Once your cancer has been diagnosed and your treatment plan outlined, you may want to get advice from another specialist before you begin treatment. Getting a second opinion can give you the comfort and reassurance of knowing that all aspects of your case have been carefully reviewed, and that all appropriate treatment options have been considered.
Most doctors welcome a second opinion, and some insurance plans even require a second opinion before beginning cancer treatment.
Requesting a second opinion does not mean that you are unsatisfied with your diagnosis and treatment plan. It will not offend your doctor, interfere with your doctor-patient relationship or significantly postpone your treatment. It is simply a way to become better informed, and make sure that you have access to as much information as possible.
Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute offers a formalized second opinion clinic, in which a team of cancer specialists and other medical professionals review and evaluate your treatment plan. The second opinion team may:
- discover that your case is more complex than it had seemed
- recommend additional tests or new treatments not previously considered
- agree that your current plan is appropriate
In all cases, this second opinion case review will give you access to clinical trials, cutting-edge technology, multiple cancer specialists, and the individualized approach to treatment and patient care that make Gibbs a world-class cancer center.
In a time that is filled with uncertainty, a second opinion can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ve done everything you can to make an informed decision about your care.
How to Request a Second Opinion at Gibbs
If you have a confirmed cancer diagnosis, and are interested in getting a second opinion from the experts at Gibbs, call us at 1-855-DNA-GIBBS.
First, an associate will gather basic information like your name, diagnosis and contact number. Then, a clinical navigator who specializes in your type of cancer will contact you within 48 business hours to answer your questions, and guide you through the process as quickly as possible.