Often it happens that doctors make a scary diagnosis and an individual struggles to make a decision about different choices of treatments.
Many people seek the knowledge and advice of more than one doctor to confirm a diagnosis and evaluate treatment options. This is called a second opinion.
Asking for a second opinion is common practice. It may help you feel more comfortable with the health care decisions you make.
A second opinion may provide the following information:
- Confirmation of a diagnosis
- Additional details about your disease
- Other treatment options, in situations in which the doctor disagrees with the original diagnosis or the proposed treatment plan