Once you find a health care provider, he or she does not have to be your only source of information. Breast cancer is complex. It is a good idea for everyone diagnosed with breast cancer to consider getting a second opinion.
Seeing a second provider from a different hospital or group practice serves many purposes. It can:
- Instill confidence in the first provider by confirming a diagnosis or course of treatment
- Give a different insight into your diagnosis and treatment and increase your options for care
- Give you a chance to interact in-depth with another provider, who may be better suited to give your care
Your provider should be comfortable with and, in fact, encourage you to get a second opinion. A provider should never discourage you from getting a second opinion.
However, before getting a second opinion, it is best to check with your insurance company to see if there are any limits. Some policies may only cover second opinions from providers in their network.