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When should you seek a second opinion about a medical treatment?

When should you seek a second opinion about a medical treatment?

1.2 The commonest reasons for second opinions to be requested are in cases of uncertainty or disagreement over diagnosis, dissatisfaction with the outcome of treatment and/or when a patient has good reason for wanting a different clinician to be involved with their case.

Should you get a second opinion for leukemia?

It’s often recommended that patients see a second physician and explore additional treatment options for a cancer diagnosis before moving forward. Doing so is especially important for leukemia—a complex blood cancer with various subtypes that respond best to different treatments.

Who shall decide when doctors disagree?

Alexander Pope Quotes Who shall decide when doctors disagree, And soundest casuists doubt, like you and me?

How do you tell your doctor you want a second opinion?

How Do You Ask for A Second Opinion?

  1. Explain to your doctor that you want to be fully informed about your diagnosis, prognosis and available treatment options and would like a second opinion.
  2. Ask your doctor to recommend someone else.
  3. If you have a specific doctor in mind, ask for a referral to them.

What happens if you get a second opinion from your GP?

If your GP agrees to refer you to a new consultant, the consultant will be told that this is your second opinion. They will also be sent any relevant test results or X-rays previously carried out. This does not mean that the new consultant will automatically take over your care.

What to do if someone asks for a second opinion?

If someone requests a second opinion on your behalf, they should have all the information about your illness or condition, and check they understand it thoroughly. Sometimes a GP or consultant may ask a colleague to provide a second opinion.

Where to get a second opinion on cancer?

Cancer ABCs recommends: Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, specifically Dr. Jonathan Epstein. You can call and speak with his assistant at: (410) 614-6330. Other labs for second opinions: 1. Bostwick Laboratories (800) 214-6628

What to do when confronted with unexpected blood test results?

The results of a single lab test can be misleading. Regulation and accuracy on lab work varies by lab. Talk to your doctor about unexpected results. Most blood samples are shipped to independent labs to be analyzed.