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22

NCCN Guidelines for Patients

®

Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017

2

Dealing with the diagnosis

Review

Many insurance companies will pay for

a 2

nd

opinion. Check with your insurance

company about its rules on 2

nd

opinions. You

want to know about out-of-pocket costs for

doctors that are not part of your insurance plan.

Plan ahead

Make plans to have copies of all your records

sent to the doctor you will see for your

2

nd

opinion. Do this well before your appointment!

If you run into trouble having records sent, pick

them up yourself and bring them with you.

If this doctor offers other advice, make an

appointment with your first doctor to talk about

the differences. If you’re not sure what to do, get

a 3

rd

or 4

th

opinion. Do whatever you need to feel

confident about your diagnosis and treatment

plan.

Review

• Cancer doctors who specialize in treating

cancer are called oncologists.

• A medical history and physical exam are two

of the most basic tools of diagnosis.

• If something abnormal is found by you or

your doctor, tests will be done to collect

blood, urine, or other fluids from your body.

• Imaging tests are used to take pictures

(images) of the inside of your body.

• A pathologist is a doctor who’s an expert in

testing cells to find disease.

• Staging tells the extent of cancer in your

body.

• You can take that time right after diagnosis to

get a 2

nd

opinion.