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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
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: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Version 2013
Part 2: Dealing with the diagnosis
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Preferably, your “2nd opinion” doctor should not be connected to your current
doctor in any way. When searching for a doctor to do a 2nd opinion, look for
someone who:
Has a higher level of expertise than your current doctor,
Is associated with a hospital that has an AYA oncology program or has
knowledge and experience in treating AYAs with cancer,
Has been an author on scientific papers related to the cancer you have, or
Has been involved in clinical trials related to the cancer you have and/or
with AYA cancer patients.
Once you’ve found your 2nd opinion doctor, make arrangements to have
copies of all your records sent to him or her. Do this well before your
appointment! If you run into trouble having records sent, pick them up yourself
and bring them with you.
If your 2nd opinion doctor offers different advice, make an appointment with
your first doctor to discuss the differences. If you’re not sure what to do, get a
3rd opinion. Or a 4th. Do whatever you need to do to feel confident about your
diagnosis and your treatment plan.
The R.A. Bloch Cancer
Foundation (www.
blochcancer.org/resources/
multidisciplinary-second-
opinion-centers/)
has
compiled a list of institutions
across the country that offer
multidisciplinary 2nd opinions:
consultations where a medical
oncologist, radiation oncologist,
and surgeon review a case and
discuss it openly together in
front of the patient.
The Navigate Cancer
Foundation (www.
navigatecancerfoundation.
org)
has experienced cancer
nurses who can help you find
a qualified doctor for a 2nd
opinion.
Finding your
2nd opinion
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