Cancer: Should You Get a Second Opinion?

Cancer can be incredibly complicated. Getting a second opinion is a common thing to do no matter what your diagnosis is. There are certain situations, however, when a second opinion regarding your cancer treatment and diagnosis is especially important. This video is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor before beginning any new health practice.


Hi and welcome to Cancer Straight Talk.  I am Dr. Lisa Schwartz and today I am going to talk about whether or not you should get a second opinion regarding your cancer diagnosis and treatment.

First of all let’s talk about what a second opinion is.  A second opinion usually involves a consultation with another doctor who has expertise in cancer treatment. This usually means a practicing oncologist. While your family physician, relatives, and neighbors may all have varying levels of experience with cancer, consulting with them does not constitute a second opinion. You may, of course, value their...

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