Getting a second opinion is not only accepted but frequently encouraged by doctors. For a BTF referral, call 212.265.2401.
In most cases, very few decisions need to be made right away. A second opinion may confirm your original doctor’s diagnosis and treatment suggestion or it may offer other options and recommendations. It is advised that you contact your insurance, as some companies require a second opinion before treatment begins.
If you are planning on getting a second opinion, it is important that you seek a physician who is not connected or practicing in the same hospital as your original doctor. Someone should accompany you for the meeting and you should plan to bring a notebook and/or a recording device – such as a tape recorder or a Smart Phone. This will help you absorb all the information imparted to you, which can often be overwhelming.
You ultimately make the decisions, along with your medical team, for your treatment plan. And to do that you need to be fully informed.
Below are a few simple steps to follow and help you move forward with your plans…
STEP ONE: CONSULT
The Brain Tumor Foundation – at 212.265.2401 – works with many neurologists and brain surgeons and is proficient in recommending the appropriate expert based on his/her expertise and locale. The conversations are in full confidence and handled with sensitivity and care.