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Dana-Farber's Online Second Opinion Program

  • Dana-Farber's Online Second Opinion program lets adult patients from around the country – and around the world – get an expert second opinion from a Dana-Farber medical oncologist without traveling to Boston. Our Online Second Opinion program for adult patients is powered by Included Health.

    For parents of pediatric patients: We offer two options for second opinions: scheduling an in-person appointment in Boston or using our Online Second Opinion Program to receive a written opinion from our specialists. Learn more on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website.

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    Our secure Online Second Opinion program is convenient and confidential. The entire process is conducted online – including collecting your records – helping you avoid disruptions to your regular schedule.

    Use our Online Second Opinion program when:

    • You have received a new cancer or blood disorder diagnosis
    • Your condition or diagnosis has changed
    • Your care team recommends a new treatment plan
    • Traveling to Boston for a second opinion would be a burden

    A second opinion from Dana-Farber can provide you with peace of mind or additional options for your care.

    How it works

    Typically, it takes 5 to 7 business days after your medical records have been received to get your written online second opinion. Once you create an account, you will receive service from your own personal Included Health Clinician-Led Care Team, who will guide you through the entire process, including:

    • Collecting your medical records from your local provider
    • Matching you with the most appropriate Dana-Farber medical oncologist
    • Interacting on your behalf with the Dana-Farber medical oncologist who reviews your case
    • Delivering your Dana-Farber online second opinion to you
    • Handling any questions you may have
    • Staying in touch to make sure you fully understand your treatment and referral options

    Please note: This is not an emergency service. Do not rely on electronic communications for help with medical emergencies. If you have a medical emergency, please call your local emergency service or go to your nearest hospital or urgent-care center.

  • View a Sample Dana-Farber Online Second Opinion

    Your Dana-Farber oncologist thoroughly reviews your medical records, diagnosis, and treatment plan and provides clear medical guidance in a written second opinion that will be provided to you and your local provider. See this example of a Dana-Farber online second opinion.

    Pediatric Second Opinion

    When faced with complex medical questions or decisions regarding a new diagnosis or treatment plan for your child, having an expert second opinion from the world's leading pediatric specialists at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's can provide peace of mind that your child is getting the best care.