If you’ve been diagnosed with bladder cancer or urothelial cancer, we recommend getting a second opinion before choosing where you’ll be treated.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) has the region’s only Bladder Cancer Multispecialty Clinic, where urologic oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists come together to discuss and care for people with bladder or urothelial cancer as a team. During a single visit you get the second opinion of not one doctor but an entire group of specialists.
Talk with bladder and urothelial cancer experts who understand your disease in greater depth than the general oncologists in your local community. We will share information back with your local oncologist according to your wishes.
Call us at (855) 557-0555 to request an appointment for a second opinion.
How a second opinion can help
Getting a second opinion from doctors who specialize in urinary tract cancers can help you:
Feel confident that your cancer has been accurately diagnosed and staged
Verifying facts, like the type and stage of your cancer, are important to your decisions about treatment. Pathologists, radiologists and urologists from SCCA are experts in diagnosing urinary tract cancers and have access to the latest technologies to help ensure we know as much about your cancer as possible.
Understand the benefits of specialized, multidisciplinary care
Bladder cancer can be aggressive. If your cancer has invaded the muscle wall of your bladder, you need well-coordinated, comprehensive treatment and should choose a center that has experience in treating bladder cancer with surgery, chemotherapy and especially radiation therapy.
Even noninvasive cancers require surgery, and they may require further treatment to destroy all signs of cancer now and decrease the risk that cancer will come back.
Consider state-of-the-art treatment options
There are advanced options for urinary tract cancers that not all doctors may know about. These include robot-assisted surgery to speed your recovery and advanced urinary reconstructions that help preserve your quality of life if you need your bladder removed. You may be able to receive bladder-sparing treatment using chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Getting a second opinion may also give you rapid access to new treatments or clinical studies that aren’t available everywhere.
Start with a course of therapy tailored to you
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. So it’s important to get as much information as you can upfront about the best options. We focus on you, not just your cancer, when developing a treatment plan. We consider your goals, plans, beliefs, values and preferences to design your treatment comprehensively.
Request a second opinion
To request a second opinion with an SCCA doctor, call (855) 557-0555.
And if you received your diagnosis through 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.