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Do I still need a second opinion if I am sure that I have melanoma after the first diagnosis?

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Another viewpoint is especially important if your doctor doesn’t treat melanoma often or usually works with a different type than the one you have. There are many cancer treatments out there, and what works for one person may not work for you.

Don't feel bad. Doctors are used to patients asking for second opinions. Some even recommend it. And not only will most insurance companies pay for a visit to another doctor, some require it.

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Seeking a Second Opinion," "How A Child Understands Cancer," "Supporting a Friend Who Has Cancer."

Melanoma International Foundation: "Newly Diagnosed?" "Talking to Your Children About Melanoma."

Aim at Melanoma Foundation: "Getting A Second Opinion."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "Just diagnosed with melanoma?"

Cancer Support Community: "Communicating with Your Health Care Team About Metastatic Melanoma," "Tips for Coping."

Patient Advocate Foundation: "Second Opinions."

National Cancer Institute: "Taking Time."

Melanoma Foundation New England: "Just Diagnosed," "Talking with Your Family About Melanoma."

University of Pennsylvania: "Talking To Your Children About Your Cancer Diagnosis."

American Cancer Society: "Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer," "Road to Recovery."

Providence Regional Cancer Partnership: "Share the Care Mobilizes Volunteers to Assist with Patient's Needs."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Seeking a Second Opinion," "How A Child Understands Cancer," "Supporting a Friend Who Has Cancer."

Melanoma International Foundation: "Newly Diagnosed?" "Talking to Your Children About Melanoma."

Aim at Melanoma Foundation: "Getting A Second Opinion."

Melanoma Research Foundation: "Just diagnosed with melanoma?"

Cancer Support Community: "Communicating with Your Health Care Team About Metastatic Melanoma," "Tips for Coping."

Patient Advocate Foundation: "Second Opinions."

National Cancer Institute: "Taking Time."

Melanoma Foundation New England: "Just Diagnosed," "Talking with Your Family About Melanoma."

University of Pennsylvania: "Talking To Your Children About Your Cancer Diagnosis."

American Cancer Society: "Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer," "Road to Recovery."

Providence Regional Cancer Partnership: "Share the Care Mobilizes Volunteers to Assist with Patient's Needs."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 1, 2018

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