Breast cancer second opinion

It can be overwhelming to receive a breast cancer diagnosis and then have to decide among treatment options. If you are exploring your options or looking for a second opinion, the clinical teams at Edward-Elmhurst Health — including renowned oncologists and specialty-trained breast cancer nurse navigators — guide you through every step in the process.

What can a second opinion offer?

Patients, especially those with a serious breast cancer diagnosis, have the right to seek a second opinion. According to the American Cancer Society, it's common for patients to request a second opinion, so most doctors are comfortable with the idea. Some insurers even require a second opinion for certain diagnoses.

A second opinion can offer:

  • A better understanding of your breast cancer diagnosis, treatment options and prognosis.
  • A new assessment from a doctor whose approach may be more or less aggressive than your primary physician, and who may know of alternative treatments.
  • Reassurance that the original treatment plan is your best option.

A breast cancer diagnosis can make you feel like you’ve lost control, but getting a second opinion is one way to get back in the driver’s seat of your own health.

Three easy steps to get your second opinion

Step one

Fill out the brief, online, secure Second Opinion Request Form.

The form will take less than five minutes to complete. You'll answer basic demographic questions and provide information on your diagnosis or problem. The form is appropriate for those seeking a second, or first (primary), medical opinion.

Step two

Within 24 hours, or on Monday after a weekend request, your specialty trained breast cancer nurse navigator will contact you for a telephone screening. If appropriate, the nurse navigator will schedule an expedited, in-person physician consult to provide your second opinion and present an individualized care plan.

Many insurance plans cover second opinions. Please contact your insurer to check your insurance coverage.

Step three

Receive your medical opinion.

Patients must be present for an in-person physician consult to receive their medical opinion and individualized treatment plan. Check your insurance coverage; insurers often cover second opinions. Patients may also be required to provide relevant medical records.

The consult may be with one oncologist or a multidisciplinary team.

For breast cancer, we have Multidisciplinary Clinics, where our team of doctors gathers in one consultation room to review, discuss and evaluate each patient's case, and then develop an individualized treatment plan.