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After Your Online Second Opinion

  • doctor and patient conversation

    The Dana-Farber medical oncologist who reviews your case will provide a thorough written second opinion, including addressing any particular questions you may have. Our oncologist's second opinion may:

    • Agree with the diagnosis and treatment plan of your first opinion, confirming that you are going in the right direction.
    • Agree with the diagnosis in your first opinion, but may offer a different treatment plan, or additional treatment options.
    • Suggest a different diagnosis, and may recommend a different treatment plan.

    You should go over your Dana-Farber online second opinion with your first opinion physician – and decide if/how to refine your diagnosis, treatment plan, or care plan. You will also have the opportunity to request an in-person appointment at Dana-Farber.

    For treatment at Dana-Farber

    If you decide to seek treatment at Dana-Farber, call us at 877-442-3324 to begin the new-patient consult process. It may be possible to schedule an appointment with the specialist who provided your online second opinion, and may require additional appointments with other Dana-Farber specialty providers.

    Please note: The cost of your online second opinion cannot be applied to the bill for an in-person visit. Depending on your insurance plan, an in-person appointment may be covered by your health care coverage. Additional materials, including pathology slides, medical records, and imaging may need to be collected. The scheduling Dana-Farber staff will help you with this process.

  • 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.