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At the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center in Cedar Rapids, our promise is to help you navigate a cancer diagnosis as quickly and easily as possible. That begins with a request for a second opinion for treating a cancer diagnosis.
If immediate care or answers are required, you should contact your healthcare provider or visit an emergency room.
Getting a second opinion – having another doctor or specialist review your case – is a good way to make sure you're covering all of your bases. Doing so can confirm your diagnosis or the treatment plan your doctor has determined for you. It's also good to have a different perspective as some doctors are conservative while others are more aggressive in treating cancer. Meeting with another doctor can also bring up treatment options that your doctor either didn't know or think of.
Insurance will typically cover a consultation. In addition, we have patient resource staff members who can look at your specific insurance to fully understand the financial information as it relates to your treatment. They are a great resource to answer any specific financial questions you have.
You will get a response from our staff member within two business days of your initial request. We see most patients within a week of a referral, which, of course, depends on how quickly we can get important health information collected on the patient. This information often comes from other organizations/providers.
With cancer, ensuring you have the right treatment plan and care environment for your type of cancer is important. The Hall-Perrine Cancer Center is committed to making the process easy so patients and their families can learn about the options we offer without the concern of losing time. We believe that when patients have the chance to experience our caring environment, state-of-the-art facilities, and advanced technology options to fit a wide range of very specific cancer needs, as well as the opportunity to meet our compassionate, experienced providers, they are confident in choosing to have their care completed here.
Don't worry about offending your doctor by getting a second opinion. In fact, your doctor may be a good resource to refer you to another specialist. Getting a second opinion is a frequent occurrence and most physicians are open to another doctor's feedback.