Getting a Second Opinion

After receiving a life-changing diagnosis such as prostate cancer, men sometimes want to seek a second opinion from a different doctor.  This is especially important if you do not feel comfortable or confident with your doctor.

Seeking a second opinion from another doctor is common, especially if you or your doctor is unsure about which course of treatment is best for you. If you are considering getting a second opinion, you may want to have an open and honest conversation with your doctor to explain your concerns and the reasons you are seeking a second opinion.  Thank them for what they have done and let them know you appreciate all their help, but that you want to try to find someone else who is more suitable for your needs at this time.

Your doctor will send your medical records (including results from blood tests and biopsies) to another doctor, who will then get in touch with you.

Remember that it is your right to get a second opinion. Your doctor should not make you feel uncomfortable about it.  You can also think about talking to a third party, such as a nurse, patient advocate or psychosocial professional about the problem.  These people can also let you know if the treatment centre has a procedure or steps to follow for changing doctors. 

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