Second opinion

If you are in doubt about a diagnosis or treatment, you can always seek a second opinion.

Second opinion

If you are in doubt about a diagnosis or treatment, you can always seek a second opinion.
To make an appointment or to obtain further information, you should contact your outpatient clinic. Please note that, If the second opinion differs from your physician’s opinion, it is up to you to decide on the type of treatment you wish to undergo.

Second opinions at Erasmus MC Cancer Institute

Read information on second opinions at the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute.

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Decision

A second opinion is the view of a medical expert other than your own physician. You can ask them for their opinion on a diagnosis or treatment plan, but they will not take over your treatment. If the second opinion differs from your physician’s opinion, it is up to you (and/or your child) to decide which treatment plan you wish to follow.

Advice

You do not need permission to seek a second opinion. However, we do recommend that you let your physician know that you are planning to ask for one. If you would prefer not to ask your physician who you should approach for a second opinion, you should consult your GP, a patient association or your health insurance company.

Your health insurance policy

You should always carefully check the terms of your health insurance policy, as not all policies cover the cost of obtaining a second opinion.