The Memorial Health Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) provides second opinions for breast cancer diagnoses from any facility or physician. If you are newly diagnosed with breast cancer, you may feel overwhelmed by information on the internet, stories from other women, and the stress of a health crisis. Getting a second opinion from a breast specialist provides clarity and peace of mind to help you move forward with confidence.
When Should I Get a Second Opinion?
Breast cancer is complex and there is rarely just one treatment option. The wrong choice could lead to a poor outcome and consequences that impact you for the rest of your life. It's wise to get a second opinion to explore all of your options and choose a treatment that results in the best outcome for you. Additional reasons to seek a second opinion:
- The diagnosing physician is not a breast cancer specialist
- You want to fully understand all of your options
- There is uncertainty about the type, size, or extent of the cancer
- You’re diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer
- You want more information, have questions, or do not fully understand the diagnosis and treatment options
- Your insurance requires it
Why Choose the ACI?
The ACI provides the region’s most comprehensive cancer services. From diagnosis through survivorship, we are with our patients every step of the way. A few things that set us apart:
- Our second opinions are provided by fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologists.
- All cases are thoroughly reviewed by a multidisciplinary breast cancer team to ensure the best treatment
- Our specially trained breast cancer nurse navigator assists you throughout the process.
- Should you choose to receive treatment at the ACI, you’ll have access to leading-edge technology, including intraoperative radiation therapy, SPY breast reconstruction technology, leading-edge imaging, 3D mammography, and precision medicine.
- Throughout the treatment process, our support programs emphasize healing, well-being, and quality of life.
Most insurance plans, including Medicare, will pay for a portion or all of the cost of a second opinion. You should confirm coverage with your insurance provider before your second opinion appointment.
Questions to Ask
When getting a second opinion, it’s a good idea to bring a notebook to write down the information you receive and any questions you want to ask. Having another person with you is also helpful. You may want to ask the following questions:
- Do you agree with the diagnosis?
- What are my treatment choices and the pros and cons of each?
- What are the side effects or risks of each phase of treatment?
- How long will treatment last?
- What would happen if I waited or chose no treatment?
- What are my next steps?