When a person is diagnosed, it may be hard to make decisions about treatment options. Usually with a new diagnosis there is a period of time, depending on the cancer type and stage, before treatment begins. During this time, getting an expert second opinion may be an essential and necessary component of treating one’s diagnosis. Treatments are constantly getting better, and it is important to find perspective from other experts in Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology and Surgical Oncology.
Our team helps you and your loved ones manage the emotional and practical challenges of cancer. We provide short-term emotional support and may also assist in locating practical assistance, including guidance on cancer centres based on cancer type.
Led by professional oncologists, our support groups allow you to connect with others in similar situations in order to share information and experiences of having to deal with cancer. Support groups require registration to join and are maintained for 12-16 weeks at a time.
Exploring a second opinion may help you make a more informed decision about your cancer treatment. It may also introduce you to advanced treatment options, if they are available for your cancer type and stage. Getting a second expert opinion may help in:
You should get a second opinion in the following situations:
You may feel concerned that your doctor will be offended if you seek advice from another health care professional, but most doctors understand that, and will want you to feel comfortable and assured before starting treatment.
Honesty is an important part of the doctor/patient relationship, so we advise you to keep both doctors aware of your decisions.
Counseling helps people in managing their mixed emotions about life’s challenges. Counselors cannot always solve problems, but they help in providing a safe place for people with cancer to talk about their concerns. Because counselors are different from a person’s family life, they provide a helpful, outside viewpoint.
Counseling can help patients and their caregivers in many aspects:
You can choose among these types of counseling depending upon your needs, finances and preferences:
Our online support groups take place on regulated social media platforms led by professional oncology social workers who offer support and guidance. They require members to register for the groups and join. Members can participate by posting in the groups and assisting each other in this battle. The support groups are maintained for 12 - 16 weeks at a time.