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Making cancer treatment decisions
It can be overwhelming to receive a cancer diagnosis and decide among treatment options. Our clinical team at Edward Cancer Center – including renowned oncologists and specialty trained Nurse Navigators – guides you through every step in the process. We're the most comprehensive center in the region with two locations, Naperville and Plainfield.
Seeking a second (or first) medical opinion
"Patients, especially those with a serious diagnosis, have the right to seek a second opinion," says Alex Hantel, MD, Director of Medical Oncology for Edward Cancer Center. "Some insurers even require a second opinion for certain diagnoses. And many patients from across Illinois seek second opinions from experts in Edward's highly-specialized services."
That's why we've created this service – to help patients get thorough, expedited medical opinions from our Cancer Center team. Fill out the Medical Opinion Request Form and a specialty-trained nurse will contact you within one business day to coordinate your on-site visit with an oncologist, if appropriate. This service is appropriate for those seeking a second, or first/primary, medical opinion.
How it works:
Follow these 3 basic steps to seek an expedited, in-person medical opinion from Edward Cancer Center oncologists.
The form will take less than five minutes to fill out. You'll answer basic demographic questions and provide information on your diagnosis or problem. The form is appropriate for those seeking a second, or a primary/first, medical opinion.
Our Oncology Nurse Navigator will connect with you through your preferred method of communications – email or phone call – to discuss your request. If appropriate, the Navigator will schedule an expedited, in-person physician consult at Edward Cancer Center in Naperville or Plainfield to provide your second opinion including an individualized care plan. Many insurance plans cover second opinions; please contact your insurer. If necessary, your Nurse Navigator will also work with the first physician's office to obtain the necessary medical information, such as imaging or test results.
Patients scheduled for an in-person physician consult will receive their medical opinion and treatment plan at this appointment. Check your insurance coverage; insurers often cover second opinions. The consult could be with one oncologist, or a multi-disciplinary team depending on the type of cancer. We have subspecialists fighting nearly every form of cancer. For certain cancers we have Multi-Disciplinary Clinics, where our team of doctors gathers in one consultation room to review and discuss and evaluate each patient's case, and develops an individualized treatment plan.
Edward Cancer Centers are the most comprehensive centers in the region and one of the most preferred cancer centers in Illinois (National Research Corp. Survey 2011). Edward offers a full range of diagnostic testing, aggressive treatment, clinical trials, coping and support for the most common cancers including breast, lung, brain and spinal cord, colon, prostate, thyroid, thoracic and other types of cancer. Treatment of cancer may include a combination of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery depending on the type and location of your cancer.
What can a second opinion offer?
Better understanding of your diagnosis, treatment options and prognosis.
A fresh analysis from a doctor whose approach may be more aggressive or more conservative than your physician, and who may know of alternative treatments.
Reassurance that the original treatment plan is your best option.
Tell your doctor you plan to get a second opinion. According to the American Cancer Society, it's common for patients to do this, so most doctors are comfortable with the request. Visit www.cancer.org for more information, and more resources on choosing a doctor and when to request a second opinion.