How to Get a Second Opinion at Roswell Park

If you have been diagnosed with leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloproliferative neoplasm or another type of blood cancer — or your previously treated disease has recurred — you need a second opinion. We will ensure you get it without delay.

We can arrange for Roswell Park’s blood cancer and blood disorder experts, including hematopathologists who focus specifically on blood conditions, to review your bloodwork right away, and set up a consultation with our leukemia and/or Blood & Marrow Transplant team within a week. If you live far from Roswell Park, we can also arrange for a consultation via telemedicine. Call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or click the button below to submit a request online.

Make an appointment

Why it matters for leukemia

Many of the newest drugs for the treatment of acute and chronic leukemia target cells that have specific mutations and/or express specific proteins. Therefore, it’s important to know whether your blood cancer cells have these mutations or proteins because then your cancer may respond better to one of these newer treatments.

Roswell Park is equipped with the most advanced imaging tools and pathology resources available. Our expert pathologists can accurately diagnose your disease and also pinpoint unusual characteristics or mutations at the protein or genetic or molecular levels — information that can determine whether you’re eligible to enroll in clinical trials of the latest treatments and the most cutting edge novel commercial agents.

In addition, Roswell Park’s Transplant & Cellular Therapy Center is one of the nation’s top centers for blood or marrow transplant (stem cell transplant) and is an authorized treatment center for the CAR T-cell therapy Kymriah™ and Tecartus™ for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

What if my leukemia is acute?

Many physicians were taught that acute leukemia is an emergency, and that therapy must start right away. That is still true for some patients. The urgency, however, is to manage any life-threatening complications, such as stroke or respiratory failure. While we still want to start treatment as soon as possible, with most patients we have time to see them first and complete testing of the cancer cells that will help us identify the best and most effective therapy for your specific cancer type.

If you received your leukemia diagnosis in an emergency room or you are currently admitted in another hospital, please call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) before beginning any treatment. Our experts will confer with your personal physician and can arrange for your transfer to Roswell Park, if necessary.