Getting a second opinion

Your multidisciplinary team uses national treatment guidelines to decide on the most suitable treatment for you. Even so, you may want to have another medical opinion. If you feel it would be helpful, you can ask either your specialist or your GP to refer you to another specialist for a second opinion.

Getting a second opinion can take some time to arrange, and treatment for ALL usually needs to be started as soon as possible. So you and your doctor need to be confident that it will give you useful information.

If you do go for a second opinion, it may be a good idea to take a relative or friend with you. You may want to have a list of questions ready, so that you can make sure your concerns are covered during the discussion.

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How treatment is planned

A team of specialists will plan your treatment. Your doctor will explain the treatment to you.

Making a complaint

Talking to your healthcare team can make it easier to cope. If you find talking difficult, there are things you can do.