Should you get a second opinion?
Learning that you have breast cancer can be overwhelming, confusing and downright emotional. Most patients want to seek treatment right away so that they can start the recovery process as soon as possible.
Dr. Gale England, a surgeon with Advocate Medical Group at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill., suggests women get a second opinion to gather as much information as possible in order to make the best decision for your health.
A second opinion can confirm the diagnosis and course of treatment. A second provider can also give you more details about the type and stage of breast cancer in addition to another course of action.
About the Author
Johnna Kelly, healthe news contributor, is a manager of public affairs and marketing at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. She is a former newspaper reporter and spent nearly 10 years as a public relations professional working for state and county government. During her time as a communications staffer for the Illinois General Assembly, she was integral in drafting and passing legislation creating Andrea's Law, the nation's first murderer registry. In her spare time, she volunteers at a local homeless shelter, enjoys traveling, photography and watching the Chicago Bulls.