Should You Get a Second Opinion for Pancreatic Cancer?

Posted by Hollie Williams on September 24th, 2019

Is seeking a second opinion worth it? Sure, it does because there are a few cases of wrong diagnosis. Many options are available depending on your stage of cancer. Having another specialist check your diagnosis will boost your confidence and enable you to receive treatment the right way.

It is vital to determine the tumor stage from the onset through imaging tests to ensure optimal therapy. Some factors need to be considered, such as:

  • How far the cancer has spread beyond the pancreas.
  • If the tumor is adjacent to blood vessels
  • The areas already affected by cancer.

For early diagnosed patients, surgery might be a great option, while those at advanced stages will need chemotherapy or a combination of radiation and chemotherapy. Radiation can also help shrink the tumor, making surgery much easier.

Where to go when looking for the second opinion

Second opinions matter since they will either confirm or nullify the first diagnosis. It’s recommended that you visit a pancreatic cancer specialist who will share with you all the options. Find someone familiar with pancreatic cancer and one who can give you additional treatment options.

Taking action

In some cases, the doctor who diagnosed you with pancreatic cancer can refer you to another specialist. Alternatively, you can visit a different pancreatic cancer specialist and request for a second opinion. In most cancer care centers around Texas, the specialist is ready to offer a second opinion and guide you through the process.

You are encouraged to organize and compile your medical reports, scans, and summaries of your cancer diagnosis when going to seek a second opinion. The information will give the specialist useful reference to use during imaging. A second opinion will ensure you get the right diagnosis and treatment.

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The Sandler-Kenner Foundation was started by Gregory A. Echt, M.D. and his wife, Susan T. Echt, after they lost two of their dear friends, Michael and Peter, to premature deaths from pancreatic cancer.

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