Should I get a second opinion before leukemia treatment?

Louise E. Sivak, MD

If you are uncertain about your diagnosis, or you are not comfortable with the treatment options that have been explained by your doctors, then by all means you should get a second opinion. If you have leukemia or a related bone-marrow cancer, you should seek care at a larger tertiary care center where you will receive care from your primary oncologist, radiologists, pathologists, and other professionals. You must be comfortable with your treating physician, not only by credentials, but by your relationship. If you are not certain about any of these issues, seek a second opinion. The primary hospital can send your bone marrow pathology slides to the doctor of your choice.

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