Getting a Second Opinion for Your Child’s Cancer Diagnosis
What is a second opinion?
A second opinion is a request to a doctor at a different cancer center to review your child’s medical information and offer their recommendation about what they believe is the best treatment 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 help you get all the information you need to confirm that the treatment being offered is the best one for your child. You may also decide to other treatment options with your child’s doctor.
When to get a second opinion
he 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, such as 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 pediatric cancer second opinion evaluation, we would like to have 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.
- Name and Age
- 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
Radiation therapeutic summary