Making treatment decisions
It can be overwhelming to receive a cancer diagnosis and decide among treatment options. Our clinical team at Elmhurst Center for Cancer Care – including renowned oncologists and specialty trained Nurse Navigators – guides you through every step in the process.
What can a second opinion offer?
Patients, especially those with a serious diagnosis, have the right to seek a second opinion. According to the American Cancer Society, it's common for patients to request a second opinion, so most doctors are comfortable with the idea. Some insurers even require a second opinion for certain diagnoses.
A second opinion can offer:
- Better understanding of your diagnosis, treatment options and prognosis.
- A fresh analysis from a doctor whose approach may be more aggressive or more conservative than your physician, and who may know of alternative treatments.
- Reassurance that the original treatment plan is your best option.
How it works:
Follow these 3 basic steps to seek an expedited, in-person medical opinion from Elmhurst Cancer Center oncologists:
Step 1. Fill out the brief, on-line, secure Medical Opinion Request Form
The form will take less than five minutes to fill out. You'll answer basic demographic questions and provide information on your diagnosis or problem. The form is appropriate for those seeking a second, or a primary/first, medical opinion.
Step 2. Within 24 hours, or on Monday after a weekend request, your specialty trained Oncology Nurse Navigator will contact you
Our Oncology Nurse Navigator will connect with you through your preferred method of communications – email or phone call – to discuss your request. If appropriate, the Navigator will schedule an expedited, in-person physician consult at the Elmhurst Center for Cancer Care to provide your second opinion including an individualized care plan. Many insurance plans cover second opinions; please contact your insurer. If necessary, your Nurse Navigator will also work with the first physician's office to obtain the necessary medical information, such as imaging or test results.
Step 3. Receive your Medical Opinion
Patients scheduled for an in-person physician consult will receive their medical opinion and treatment plan at this appointment. Check your insurance coverage; insurers often cover second opinions. The consult could be with one oncologist, or a multi-disciplinary team depending on the type of cancer. We have subspecialists fighting nearly every form of cancer. For certain cancers we have Multidisciplinary Clinics, where our team of doctors gathers in one consultation room to review and discuss and evaluate each patient's case, and develops an individualized treatment plan.
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The Elmhurst Center for Cancer Care offers a full range of diagnostic testing, aggressive treatment, clinical trials, coping and support for the most common cancers including breast, lung, brain and spinal cord, colon, prostate, thyroid, thoracic and other types of cancer. Treatment of cancer may include a combination of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery depending on the type and location of your cancer.