A cancer diagnosis can be frightening, and exploring and identifying the best treatment options is key to a better quality of life, recovery and survival. Second opinions can play a pivotal role in this process. That's why Tulane University School of Medicine recently launched it's Oncology Second Opinion initiative, which provides rapid second opinions across a broad range of cancer diagnoses and treatment recommendations.
"One of the reasons second opinions are valuable is that they can confirm a treatment choice if it is correct or provide alternatives," said Oliver Sartor, MD, Assistant Dean for Oncology and Tulane Cancer Center Medical Director. "Before a serious medical procedure - something that could be life altering - seeking a second opinion is good medicine and quite frankly often times it can round out a patient's experience and decision making in a positive way, even if they decide to pursue what the original physician recommended."
"In many circumstances there is more than one option about how to initiate therapy," said Kendra Harris, MD, MSc, Chair of Radiation Oncology. "And so the role of a second opinion can be both to expose patients and their families to different care teams and to make sure that their first action is the right action for their specific circumstance. That's the reason second opinions can play an important role, especially at the beginning."
Spencer Krane, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology, agrees. "You're not offending anyone by getting a second opinion. You're arming yourself with the information you need to make a life-altering decision."
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Tulane physicians are available NOW to rapidly provide second opinions for a broad range of cancers and treatment options, including:
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