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 radiation oncologists.
- Patients can get the names of doctors from their local medical society, a nearby hospital or a medical school.
- Cancer information lines can tell callers about treatment facilities, including cancer centers and other National Cancer Institute-supported programs.