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Getting a second opinion
At some point during your treatment, you may find that you want to talk with another doctor.
Some people find it hard to tell their doctors that they’d like a second opinion. Know that it is common for patients to get a second opinion, and most doctors are comfortable with the request. Try saying:
“Before we start treatment, I’d like to get a second opinion. Will you help me with that?”
“If you had my type of cancer, who would you see for a second opinion?”
“I’m thinking of getting a second opinion. Can you recommend someone?”
You can also find the new doctor on your own. Once you have decided who you will see, ask doctor’s office staff for: your medical records, original x-rays, and all test results. You can have records sent or you can retrieve and take to second doctor yourself.
This is your health, and your body, so ensure that you feel taken care of to your satisfaction.