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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 treatment plan for me? Do I need surgery or radiation? Will I need chemotherapy?
  • What if treatment doesn't work? Can I be in a clinical trial?
  • Am I doing everything I can for my condition?

At The University of Kansas Cancer Center, we know the value of a second opinion. It allows you and your family to ask questions and explore your options. It can ensure you get the correct diagnosis and the best treatment for your type of cancer.

Second opinions offer reassurance

Asking for a second opinion doesn't mean you think the first diagnosis is wrong or that you doubt your doctor. In fact, it may give you peace of mind by confirming your diagnosis. You can then feel confident moving forward with your recommended treatment plan.

Your physician may also request a second opinion if there is no standard treatment plan for your 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 expertise of an entire team of cancer specialists. Our cancer physicians meet weekly to discuss individual cases, review treatments and share opinions. Medical, surgical and radiation oncologists from different specialties review specific cases, including second opinions.

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 ask you for your:

  • 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.

A nurse will call you

Within 24 business hours, a nurse will contact you to schedule your appointment at one of our cancer center locations. You will see a cancer specialist appropriate for your condition.

Appointments are scheduled Monday-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 informed and working together to make the best possible decisions about your care.

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NCI Designation
Our cancer center is 1 of only 71 NCI-designated cancer centers nationwide.
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Clinical Trials
We are a pioneer in new clinical trial research that leads to innovative treatments.
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U.S. News & World Report
Our cancer center consistently ranks among the nation’s best for cancer care.

Your first choice for a second opinion.

Having confidence in your diagnosis and treatment is critical when you're faced with the possibility of cancer. Call 913-588-1227 for a second opinion.

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