Second OpinionsIf you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, we recommend getting a second opinion before selecting a course of treatment. Getting a second opinion is more than a formality. It’s a valuable way to verify facts, like the stage, location, even the existence of the disease at all. A second opinion may provide access to potentially new treatments or clinical trials that are available.
If you have received a prostate cancer diagnosis, a second opinion makes sense for the following reasons:
- You have time. In most cases, prostate cancer is a slow-growing disease; in some cases, it may develop over a 10 to 20 year period and never move beyond the prostate. This gives you time to learn all you can to make a calculated, deliberate plan of action for treating your disease.
- Avoid overtreatment. It’s been well-documented that prostate cancer is a disease that has been over-treated. That’s one reason why SCCA is a proponent of “active surveillance” for dealing with slow-growing prostate cancer.
- Changing treatment regimens is not always easy or possible. Once you start a course of treatment, it’s sometimes hard to change to something else, especially if you’ve elected surgery or radiation.
So take your time and find a urologic oncologist that you trust and a course of treatment that you’re comfortable with. If you weren’t diagnosed at SCCA, consider making an appointment with one of our many specialists who are all University of Washington Medicine faculty members. SCCA is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the state of Washington and one of only 15 in the western United States.
And if you received your diagnosis here at SCCA, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about getting a second opinion. They’ll be more than happy to provide you with a list of recommended doctors to consult with.
To schedule a second opinion with an SCCA physician, call 1-855-557-0555.