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    Online Second Opinions

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    About the program

    Our Online Second Opinion service lets patients and physicians all over the world receive expert second opinions from Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center oncologists — without leaving home.

    By combining the personalized care of a local physician with the expertise of a Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's oncologist, cancer patients can benefit from state-of-the-art care regardless of their location. This service is available to adult patients only. A parallel pediatric service is offered for pediatric patients.


    Our Online Second Opinion service can be initiated by a patient or physician. Patients requesting consultations need to involve their local physician. Once the patient and the patient's physician agree to pursue the consultation, the physician registers with the service and completes a patient history.

    One of our board-certified specialists (all Harvard Medical School faculty members) will review the case, as described by the referring physician, within three to four business days after the diagnostics have been re-evaluated by a specialist. A consultation will be sent back to the patient's physician.

    Treatment team

    Many members of the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center staff participate in the online second opinion program. The program will arrange consultations with the participating physician whose expertise is most consistent with the patient's type of cancer.

    How will I get the results of my consultation?

    The reviewing Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's physician will send an opinion to the referring physician. Patients will get an email telling them to contact their referring physician when the specialist's opinion is ready for discussion.

    All patient information is kept confidential to the patient, the referring physician, and the online specialist. Patient information transmitted over the Web cannot be intercepted or read by anyone other than the referring and consulting physicians.

    Note: The price for an online consultation starts at $575 and is typically the responsibility of the patient. It must be paid prior to the consultation.

    Contact information

    The Online Second Opinion service serves most areas of the United States and the international medical community. A list of areas not covered by the service can be found on the Partners Online Second Opinions Web site.

    If you do live in an area served by the program, explain your interest in the service to your physician, and provide your physician with the Referring Physician Letter available through the Web site.

    For patients and physicians at a distance from Boston: get an expert Dana-Farber second opinion without traveling to Boston through our Online Second Opinion service.

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