Cancer Second Opinions - What are my options?
There are a number of ways you can obtain a second opinion regarding your cancer treatment. There are advantages and disadvantages to each method. Obviously we strongly believe that through Belgravia Oncology, with our partners at TheOncologyExperts.com, we can offer a second opinion service that goes beyond all expectation.
Having decided that you want a second opinion, you are faced with 4 options. Each has both pros and cons. You should consider these very carefully as it is vital there is no detriment to your cancer care.
Until a patient finds that particular doctor they can trust, who will hold out hope and refrain from absolutes, they should not hesitate to keep searching.
Professor Mark Glaser
The Belgravia Oncology Second Opinion
This is the bespoke service we offer and has been designed in such a way that you will leave the consultation with all the information you need to make informed decisions about your cancer care. After your consultation with one of our expert doctors, you will leave with not only the information they have verbally given you, but also with a bespoke pack containing the clinical trials that may be of benefit and what would be considered the standard of care for your condition. You will leave the hospital, with everything you need, to make the complicated decisions you may need to. For more information click here
Getting your GP to refer you to another specialist.
This is an adequate method to get a second opinion. The risk is that the GP may not know who the best specialist is for you to be referred to. Unless they are cancer specialists with an in-depth knowledge of your specific condition, they may refer you to someone who would not be able to provide you with the advice you need. This method could also delay the start of your cancer treatment. For more information click here.
Don’t get a second opinion!
In the United Kingdom most cancer cases are discussed in an MDT where national guidelines are used to come to a conclusion about which treatments are most suitable for you. This is a very ‘protocolised’ approach to medicine that some people find comforting. These guidelines rationalise treatment using what is called quality-adjusted life year. You therefore may be offered treatments that are cost effective, but not necessarily the best treatment available. For more information click here
Asking your specialist to refer you for a second opinion.
Unlike the GP they are likely to know who would be best suited to give you a second opinion, but the impartiality of this opinion could be questioned. They are likely to send you to someone who shares the same approach to cancer as themselves. Although they undoubtedly want you, as the patient, to be happy with the chosen treatment, trust between you may also be affected. For more information click here
The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.