Is a second opinion important for cervical cancer treatment?

Before starting treatment, you may want a second pathologist to review the diagnosis and another specialist to review the treatment plan. Some insurance companies require a second opinion; others may cover second opinion if the patient requests it. It may take a week or two to arrange for a second opinion. This short delay will not reduce the chance that treatment will be successful. A gynecologic oncologist is usually in the best position to offer a patient an expert opinion on the diagnosis and management...

How is cancer of the cervix treated?

The choice of treatment for cervical cancer depends on the location and the size of the tumor, the stage (extent) of the disease, the woman's age and general health, and other factors. Gynecologic oncologists have expertise in the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of patients with cervical carcinoma. They also have surgical expertise in the procedures of radical hysterectomy, pelvic and paraaortic lymphadenectomy, pretreatment surgical staging procedures, and exenterations for patients with recurrent cerv...

What about a second opinion for Colorectal Cancer?

Treatment decisions are complex. Sometimes it is helpful for patients to have a second opinion about the diagnosis and the treatment plan. Some insurance companies require a second opinion; others provide coverage for a second opinion at the patient’s request. There are several ways to find another doctor to consult: Your doctor may be able to suggest a doctor who specializes in treating colorectal cancer. Specialists who treat this disease include surgeons, medical oncologists, gastroenterologists and radi...