Asking for a Second Opinion on your cancer treatment
Looking after your health is the most important thing you can do.
Many people are happy to use several sources when considering life decisions like insurance and financial products, yet very few people seek a second opinion from a medical practitioner when they leave the doctor’s consulting room dissatisfied with either the diagnosis or standard of service they received.
We encourage dialogue between specialists on treatment and diagnosis because we want you to make the best decision for the treatment of your cancer and subsequent cancer care.
How do I go about getting a second opinion?
If you believe you are ill, but your GP has advised that you are not, or you have a different condition, you are entitled to ask why this is the case.
Your GP is obliged to provide an explanation as to why the symptoms or tests or other signs has led him or her to provide the diagnosis.
You can also request information leaflets about the particular condition to confirm the explanation.
This should be the case whether you are diagnosed with cancer or any other health condition.
What are my rights when I ask for a second opinion?
There is no legal right to a second opinion per say, but you do have the right to ask for one.
Your doctor will normally agree to one being made and will provide a referral.
It is possible to obtain a second opinion where you have given your permission for your GP to discuss your case with another doctor in the practice.
In addition, your GP might write to a second consultant, providing information about your case and requesting an opinion on where a diagnosis or course of treatment might be carried out differently.
Under the NHS, if you are unhappy and ask to see a different consultant, your GP would have to re-refer you.
The reason for this want to see a different consultant, your GP would have to re-refer you.
The reason for this is because you have already seen a specialist. This, in turn means that there may be some delay in being seen again. You might wish not to do this as the decision to re-refer can cause delays in you getting treatment.
At LOC, one of our specialist cancer consultants will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your current and past medical history, and your type and stage of cancer.
All of our oncologists work as part of specialist multidisciplinary teams at HCA healthcare UK.
What if I want a medicine my GP or consultant won’t offer?
Your GP will be willing to explain the reasoning behind the decision to recommend a particular course of treatment. There are several reasons why a treatment you want is not available to you.
It might be that the treatment isn’t available to you because of a pre-existing medical condition. The treatment might also have more severe or more side effects that what the doctor has offered.
The treatment might simply not be offered as an option in your area. There is currently some disparity in the types of treatment available in different areas.
The LOC is one of the country’s leading cancer care clinic and has a respected research and pioneering heritage in treatment and patient care. We use the latest and the very best cancer treatments.
We are not tied to which patients we can offer treatment to, neither are we bound by any geographical limitations in the treatment we offer. A second opinion from LOC could serve to reassure you that the your diagnosis and treatment are appropriate, we may be able to offer newer, or better treatments.
When we are talking about cancer, we are talking about getting it right in terms of diagnosis and treatment.
We want to help you to make an informed decision about what’s best for you.
How to pay for your Second Opinion:
- For patients with Private Medical Insurance
If you have private medical insurance, please check with your insurance provider to confirm if your policy covers Second Opinion appointments.
- For self paying patients
Our Self paying fee for a Second Opinion appointment is £350. Our dedicated patient liaison team are always on hand if you have any questions or need further information. Contact us on 0203 130 6875 or email CancerSecondOpinion@hcahealthcare.co.uk