Your life Matters! Organise a Second Opinion with the Grace Gawler Institute
A second opinion is essential in the following scenarios:
If you have been told at first diagnosis that you have a rare or difficult to treat cancer – you should seek a second opinion.
If your diagnosis involves highly toxic and prolonged treatments or extremely invasive surgical procedures that will impact your well-being, quality of life and survivorship – you should seek a second opinion.
Other Situations Where a Second Opinion May be Important:
*Currently Undergoing treatment: If you are already undergoing treatment for cancer and experiencing significant side-effects, or your treatment is not working – you should seek a second opinion.
*CUP – Cancer of Un-diagnosed Primary: It is absolutely essential if you have been diagnosed with CUP that you seek a second opinion even if you are a patient at our best cancer centres.
*You feel uncomfortable with your doctor, the diagnosis or you need confirmation
*The treatment offered has side effects or risks that you find disconcerting
*The treatment options will result in unacceptable or unreasonable demands on your life and your family
*Your doctor’s treatment goals are different from your own – full article
We need second opinions to become a normal part of the healthcare process
How to get a second opinion: Helping patients to access second opinions is a significant part of our Institute’s services – via our Survivorship Care Plans.
Sometimes being proactive with a second opinion means that diagnostic tests need to be re-visited. The most effective way for patients who wish to explore second opinions is to request a referral for genomic testing via a registered laboratory.
Our Survivorship Care Plan patients are referred to genomic testing. Most patients today are familiar with genomic tests due to Covid 19. Genomics form an important part of obtaining a second opinion. Identifying the mutations in a patient’s cancer is the key to developing personalised treatments. During a video consultation with Grace she will clarify how genomic testing and help you and your specific cancer diagnosis.
MD Anderson compelling patient story. Why you need a second opinion
Pathology professor, Lavinia Middleton, from MD Anderson USA, says, “It’s not uncommon for patients seeking a second opinion at MD Anderson to receive a significantly different diagnosis.
A 2011 review of some 2,700 patient cases revealed that in 25%, discrepancies between the original pathologists’ reports and MD Anderson’s were found. And a 2015 study showed clinically significant discrepancies in diagnosis in 10% of breast cancer patients at MD Anderson. Full Article