How to seek a second opinion
Suggesting to your doctor that you will be seeking a second opinion can sometimes feel difficult and uncomfortable. It is best to be open and honest, suggest that you are satisfied with their decision and you would like to be as thoroughly informed as possible. It is also best to keep your doctor informed during this process as they can make your medical records, test results and X-rays available to the specialist who is giving the second opinion.
You can seek a second, third and fourth opinion until you are satisfied and comfortable with the doctor you have chosen. It is often a valuable part of your decision-making process. Most doctors will encourage you to seek more than one opinion as they may confirm or suggest modifications to the proposed treatment plan.
There may be a delay in starting treatment if you choose to seek a second opinion. It is important that you discuss this with your doctor to ensure treatment is not compromised. You can seek a second opinion even after starting treatment.
Pancreatic cancer survivor, Chris, on seeking a second opinion
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