Oct 15, 2013 - 6:50 pm
When I was diagnosed I got plenty of "second" opinions, but I believe these were not incompletely independent second opinions. I had my oncologist and my radiation oncologist of the same institution, which is good as long as it is just routine chemo. As soon as you have options of different chemo drugs or type of surgeries, it's better to get an independent opinion. The mistake I made that at the beginning of the consultation I let each new surgen know what the previous surgens said, so there was a chance that their opinion was biased and not completely independent.
Real independent opinionmeans not a different doctor from the same institution and don't let each new doctor know what the previous dontor said about your situation. Only the cold facts, scans, lab results.
What do you think?