When learning you have cancer, your world goes into free-fall. It is important you become aware of all your treatment options. You do have choices and it is important you make the treatment decision that is right for you.
At our second opinion clinic, our team of nationally recognized cancer experts are truly at the forefront of cancer care and can offer options not widely available at most hospitals in the region. Our team will meet with you to review your case and ensure you are receiving the most advanced treatment available, including access to research and clinical trials.
Second opinions are available for newly diagnosed cancer patients as well as for those who have experienced a change in their condition, such as reoccurrence, and need reassessments or more extensive evaluations.
Whether recommending changes to or reinforcing your current cancer treatment plan, our goal is to help you understand your options so you can select the best treatment plan for you.
Getting a Second Opinion is Simple
Step 1: Call (317) 528-1420 to speak with our Second Opinion Clinic Nurse Navigator.
The navigator will review your case with you and determine what service is needed. A personalized second opinion consultation will then be scheduled with a team of physicians specific to your cancer diagnosis. The team may include medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, research coordinators and others.
The navigator will even take care of obtaining any previous medical records and test results from your doctor. It shouldn't take more than a week for the navigator to obtain records from your doctor and schedule you for a second opinion appointment.
Step 2: During your appointment, your personalized physician team will review your situation with you and discuss appropriate treatment options.
You'll talk about your original diagnosis, any tests and procedures and available treatments. Whatever you decide, there's never any obligation to come to Franciscan St. Francis Health for treatment or to use one of our physicians.
Getting a second opinion is your right as a cancer patient.
Why should you seek a second opinion?
An accurate cancer diagnosis is critical. First, it is important to make sure your diagnosis is correct. Cancer is a complicated disease and it does take a level of sophistication and expertise to diagnosis correctly.
Know the extent of your cancer before beginning treatment. The most important treatment decision you will make is the first treatment. It is important that your cancer has been staged correctly. A clear understanding of the stage of your cancer and location will determine the best treatment plan for you.
Cancer treatment should be highly individualized. It is important that you gather as much information as possible and make an informed decision that is best for you and your quality of life.
Research and clinical trials
can provide you access to leading-edge treatment options not widely available. Ask your physician if a clinical trial if right for you.