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Should you get a second opinion for cancer?

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

Have you been told that you have cancer by a doctor in Louisiana? Maybe a close friend of family member of yours has recently been diagnosed with some form of cancer. In either situation, now may be a very good time for you to seek a second opinion. Why is this the case?

As WebMD explains, second opinions can be valuable for a couple of different reasons. For starters, getting the view of another provider may help to corroborate an initial diagnosis. It may also correct a diagnosis. Certainly you do not want to embark down a treatment path for a disease that in the end you never even really had. However, a second opinion can be useful in other ways as well.

Many times, you may have more than one option provided for how you may want to treat your cancer if you do in fact have cancer. Some treatment methods may be very aggressive and invasive while others may be less so. Each option may have its own set of potential drawbacks as well as advantages. Talking with a different doctor may shed insight into even more forms of treatment that you can consider. This allows you to make the most informed decision possible for your situation.

It is important for you to remember that a second opinion is your right and your doctor, if ethical, will support your efforts in getting this. This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to help Louisiana residents understand the value of seeking second medical opinions and when it may make sense to do so.