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Should I get a second opinion after being diagnosed with breast cancer?

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After a breast cancer diagnosis, you might feel like you need to hurry and get treatment right away. However, it's often a good idea to make sure your diagnosis is right and your treatment plan is on track. Ask your doctor -- or another doctor you trust -- to refer you to a breast cancer specialist. Bring all your medical records so she can get a complete picture of your health. In the meantime, call your insurance provider and ask if it will pay for the second office visit.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Making informed treatment decisions," "Questions to Ask My Doctor About Breast Cancer," "Telling your friends and family," "The emotional impact of cancer diagnosis," "Working During Cancer Treatment."

Breastcancer.org: "Getting a Second Opinion."

Cleveland Clinic: "Second Opinions."

National Cancer Institute: "Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer."

WomensHealth.gov: "How to Get a Second Opinion."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Making informed treatment decisions," "Questions to Ask My Doctor About Breast Cancer," "Telling your friends and family," "The emotional impact of cancer diagnosis," "Working During Cancer Treatment."

Breastcancer.org: "Getting a Second Opinion."

Cleveland Clinic: "Second Opinions."

National Cancer Institute: "Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer."

WomensHealth.gov: "How to Get a Second Opinion."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 14, 2018

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