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Second Opinions

Why get a second opinion?

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, you probably have a lot of questions.

•  What is the best plan for me – surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of therapies?

•  Should I be in a clinical trial?

•  Am I doing everything I can for my condition with minimal side effects?

At The University of Kansas Cancer Center, we believe a second opinion is a valuable resource for every cancer patient.

It's an important way for you and your family to ask questions about your condition and explore your treatment options.

Asking for a second opinion doesn't mean you think the first diagnosis is wrong, or that you doubt your doctor.

In fact, a second opinion may offer you peace of mind by confirming your original diagnosis. You can then feel confident moving forward with your recommended course of treatment. 

Your physician may also request a second opinion if there is no standard therapy plan for your particular diagnosis. In some cases, a second opinion could prevent unnecessary treatment or surgery.

Our team approach

Because The University of Kansas Cancer Center is an academic medical center, you'll benefit from the collaboration of an entire team of cancer specialists. Our cancer physicians meet weekly to discuss individual cases, review treatments and share opinions. Second opinion cases may also be presented at conferences, where medical, surgical and radiation oncologists from different specialties throughout the entire hospital review specific cases. Here you benefit from the entire team's expertise.

Scheduling your appointment

To schedule your second opinion appointment, call 913-588-1227 or toll free at 844-323-1227. Our health resource specialists will request the following:

  • Contact information (name, address and phone number)
  • Date of birth
  • Primary care physician's name
  • Diagnosis
  • Previous diagnostic testing and treatment
  • Medical insurance and ID number

It may help to know that second opinions are covered by Medicare and most major insurance plans.

Our nurse will call you

Within 24 business hours, a nurse will contact you to schedule your appointment at our main location or one of our community cancer centers. You will see a cancer specialist appropriate for your condition.

Appointments are scheduled Monday through Friday.

We will strive to meet your needs. Please tell us if you’ve been advised to have surgery so we can schedule your appointment for the earliest date possible.

At your appointment

Our cancer specialists will review your records and examine you. After the exam, the cancer specialists will discuss your options, make recommendations for your care and answer any questions you have about your condition and diagnosis.

Prompt communication

Once you have received your second opinion, we will communicate promptly with your primary care physician and your current care team. This ensures that everyone involved in your care is well informed and working together to make the best possible decisions about your care.

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