Pediatric Cancer Second Opinions

As a parent, you are the ultimate protector of your child, and you want the best possible medical care when your child has been diagnosed with cancer. The problem is that a cancer diagnosis for your child is the last thing you ever prepare for, and it can be life altering. At the CHOC Hyundai Cancer Institute, we understand how overwhelming that can be.

We work with families and pediatric specialists to confirm your child’s diagnosis or to provide a second opinion for all types of pediatric cancers.

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Getting a Second Opinion for Your Child’s Cancer Diagnosis

What is a second opinion?

US News and World Report Best Children's Hospitals CancerA second opinion is a request for a doctor at a different cancer center to review your child’s medical information. They will offer a recommendation about pediatric cancer treatments for your child. It’s common to get a second opinion and most doctors welcome another doctor’s point of view.

A second opinion can provide you reassurance when making decisions about your child’s care. It can help confirm that the treatment being offered is the best one for your child. You may also review other treatment options with your child’s doctor.

When should I get a second opinion for pediatric cancer treatments?

The best time to get a second opinion is before your child starts cancer treatment or during the first few weeks of therapy. Another time to get a second opinion is when a change in therapy is recommended. For example, you can request a second opinion before starting a new chemotherapy, surgery, adding radiation therapy, or participating in a new clinical trial.

What to bring to your child’s second opinion consultation

To help us provide a comprehensive evaluation, you should bring a full summary of your child’s medical history and treatments to date. Providing as much of the following information as possible allows our team to make the best recommendation.

Patient summary

  • Name and age
  • Address
  • Parent or guardian contact information
  • Insurance information

Complete Medical History

  • Physician’s name and contact information
  • Diagnosis and list of symptoms
  • Diagnostic scans (X-ray, CT, MRI, bone scan, PET scan, MIBG scan), including actual scans or biopsy slides when available
  • Copy of any existing treatment plan
  • All clinical reports available, including:
    – Laboratory, including tumor biopsy slides/tissue blocks
    – Pathology
    – Surgery
    – Radiation therapeutic summary

To make an appointment, please call us at 714-509-8636.