Getting a Second Opinion

Second opinions are important in cancer care, and especially for ovarian cancer. The first treatment approach or plan that you undergo is your best chance for a cure. You’ll want to ensure that it’s the right one for your diagnosis, and getting a second opinion can help you do that.

Second Opinion Game-Changer: Roswell Park pathologists have reported a 10 percent change in overall cancer diagnoses that were made outside of Roswell Park.

When Should You Seek a Second Opinion?

It’s always a good idea, but especially important if:

  • Your physician or pathologist has not provided you with a full, clear explanation of your pathology report, in a language you understand.
  • Your physician tells you that you don’t need a second opinion. A good doctor will suggest that you get another opinion if there are questions about your treatment or diagnosis. If your physician is offended, find a new doctor.

If you’re still not sure whether to ask for a second opinion, ask yourself:

  • Am I confident in the diagnosis or treatment options I’ve been given?
  • Am I comfortable with my treating physician?
  • Has my physician clearly explained all treatment options — not just the ones he or she prefers?
  • Have I been offered clinical trials of new treatments for my cancer?
  • Was my cancer diagnosed at an office or community hospital setting or in a comprehensive cancer center?
  • Does my insurance plan require a second opinion? If not, what type of coverage does it provide for second opinions?

How do I get a Second Opinion from Roswell Park?

Even if all you need is a second opinion from Roswell Park, we’re here for you! A second opinion is the best way to reassure you that your initial diagnosis of ovarian cancer is accurate and the recommended treatment strategy is right for you! For over a century, our specialists have successfully worked with community doctors, and are happy to discuss and share information, as needed.

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