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Second Opinions For A Cancer Diagnosis | Cancer Treatment Soldotna

Peninsula Radiation - Thursday, October 25, 2018

How To Ask for a Second Opinion When You Receive a Cancer Diagnosis

At Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center we understand the worry that comes with being diagnosed with cancer. Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a shock for anyone, and it’s normal to have trouble processing the news. Once you’ve had time to come to terms with your diagnosis, it’s important to consider your options. The doctor who diagnosed you may have provided you with a recommended treatment plan. While you can choose to move forward with the plan you’ve been given, you may want to talk to another doctor before proceeding. Here’s how to ask your doctor for a second opinion.

Top Ways To Initiate the Second Opinion Conversation

It can be uncomfortable to tell your doctor you want a second opinion, but you have every right to request a second opinion. Remember, your health is at stake, your doctor should not be surprised or offended that you want to explore all your options. Here are a few good ways to request a second opinion:

  • Ask your doctor whose opinion he or she would seek if faced with the same diagnosis you were just given
  • Explain to your doctor that you want to explore all available treatment options before making a decision.
  • Tell your doctor that you’d like to speak with a physician or cancer treatment center specializing in the treatment of your condition
  • Explain that you always seek the advice of more than one expert when it comes to important decisions about your life, including financial, medical and personal decisions

Your doctor should be understanding when he or she hears your request and should be happy to refer you to another doctor.

Common Reasons Patients Fail To Get a Second Opinion

There are many reasons patients decide not to get a second opinion. Some of the most common include:

  • Fear of offending their current doctor
  • Concerns about their insurance policy not covering the cost of a second doctor visit
  • Lack of knowledge about or access to other qualified experts in the field
  • A feeling of urgency about starting treatment immediately, especially when the diagnosis is serious

Don’t let these common reasons keep you from getting the second opinion you deserve. Talk to your insurance company and find out if your costs will be covered when you get a second opinion. You can also talk to the team at Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center in Soldotna, AK, and we’d be happy to tell you more about available treatment options for your type of cancer.

Even if you decide to go with the original treatment recommendation, getting a second opinion will give you peace of mind that you have all the information you need to make the best decision.

Interested in Seeking a Second Opinion?

If you’ve spoken with another physician and are looking for a second physician after being diagnosed with cancer, we’d be happy to help. Our world-class physicians are here to assist you with whatever you need and help pick the treatment plan that is right for you. Contact us online or give us a call at 907-262-7762 to schedule a consultation with us today.


At Peninsula Radiation Oncology Center, we know that cancer patients are best served by being treated in close proximity to a support network of family and friends. We offer patients in Southeast Alaska the ability to receive state-of-the-art radiation therapy without the burden of traveling great distances away from home.The information presented on this website is provided to allow our patients to gain more knowledge about our center, our staff, and our services.

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