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Why You Need a Second Opinion

If you have been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor (NET), you need a second opinion. We will ensure you get it without delay.

A second opinion can be helpful and reassuring, and it’s the best way to ensure that your diagnosis is accurate, that the recommended treatment plan is right for you, and that the surgeons, oncologists and other specialists have the training and experience to provide you the best possible outcome.

We can arrange for Roswell Park’s neuroendocrine tumor experts, a team of physicians from multiple specialties, such as gastrointestinal and thoracic surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists and more, to review your tests and pathology and set up a consultation with our team.

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Why it matters for neuroendocrine tumors

A precise and accurate diagnosis, staging, and treatment plan by a multidisciplinary team of experts who focus on these rare tumors every day, is essential for several reasons:

  • Treatment must be chosen and sequenced strategically. Studies have shown that outcomes for patients with NETs are better when cancer care is coordinated and optimally sequenced. That means you need all your physicians working together under one roof every day to ensure you receive the right treatments — and in the right order — for you.
  • Your surgery may be performed with robot-assistance. Robotic surgery takes minimally invasive surgery to a higher level and results in less pain and blood loss, speedier recovery, and a reduced risk for complications. Roswell Park is a high-volume center for robotic surgery, including for tumors in the pancreas.
  • You may be eligible for theranostic treatment. This new, outpatient treatment approach discovers unique features of your cancer that make it treatable with new cancer therapies. Roswell Park is the only center in the region to offer theranostic treatments and is expanding our capabilities with a new Theranostic Center. 

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  • A clinical trial may offer you your best option. Access to the very latest treatment approaches is provided only through clinical trials. One of the newest FDA-approved drugs for neuroendocrine tumors, Lutathera, was available to Roswell Park patients more than a year earlier through a clinical trial. Roswell Park has several clinical trials open for patients with NETs.

Yes, you have time for a second opinion

We understand the urgency of a tumor diagnosis and your desire to move quickly. However, very few diagnoses require that treatment or surgery occur immediately. The fastest treatment is not always the best treatment, and you owe it to yourself to take time now to ensure your treatment plan is the right one for you. We can help.

To arrange for a second opinion, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or fill out the online form below. We’ll take care of the rest.

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