Second opinions (Salem Health: Cancer)
Other sources of advice: Before, or in addition to, asking another doctor for an opinion, patients can review their test results and ask their health provider questions about them. Patients may want to determine how likely false positives and false negatives are for the tests that they took. Cancer patients can use readily available resources to help evaluate their medical condition: Internet (WebMD, Mayo Clinic, American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute), books (local bookstore, public library, medical or hospital library), and pamphlets from cancer organizations, cancer hospitals, or government sources (American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Friends and relatives who have had cancer may be able to provide advice, although specificity may be lacking. Alternative medicines and treatments may offer another perspective on cancer, although many may lack scientific evidence as to their efficacy. Media can serve as a source of information about current medical advances and new treatments for cancer. Information on clinical trials is available through the registry of federally and privately supported clinical trial conducted in the United States and worldwide provided by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Financial and insurance issues: Second opinions are usually not covered by insurance. Patients should call their insurance company to determine if second...
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