Why You Should Get A Second Opinion
If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer or have been told you need treatment, you may want to get a second opinion. If your initial doctor cannot provide a definite diagnosis, a second opinion may confirm your diagnosis and help you understand all your options.
The physicians at NW Oncology are here to help you understand your treatment options so you can feel confident in the care you choose.
When selecting a doctor for a second opinion, consider the following:
- Look for a doctor who has experience in treating your condition. This is especially important if you have a rare or complex condition. Studies have shown that the more experience doctors have treating a specific condition, the more successfully they can treat it.
- Make sure you are comfortable with the nurses and other staff members at the facility. They will be the ones providing your daily care, answering questions, scheduling appointments, assisting with billing questions and obtaining prescription refills.
- Make sure your physician is a board-certified medical oncologist/hematologist.
- Determine if you have options to offset the cost of care. For example, you may be eligible for patient assistance programs. Check to see if your provider is within network with your insurance carrier.