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Seeking a Second... or Third... Opinion

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Is it OK to seek a second (or a third, or a fourth) opinion on your diagnosis? Many people feel uncomfortable with the idea that they are questioning the authority or expertise of their physician.

Sorting Out Medical Opinion Overload

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Where do you turn when your health care team reaches an impasse, even as an urgent medical problem calls for decisions and choices that you simply don't feel qualified to make?

Finding Treatment Information

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Want to find out more about the treatments your doctors suggest? Here are some resources for doing your research and comparing your options.

Understanding Medical Terms

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Doctors can sometimes use unfamiliar and complicated terms to describe your illness and treatment. Here are some resources to help you understand.

What Is Watchful Waiting?

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Sometimes, the best treatment is to wait and see. Learn more about watchful waiting.

Should I Get a Second Opinion?

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Different doctors can suggest different diagnoses or ways to treat your illness. Here’s how to decide whether you should get a second opinion.

Make Good Treatment Decisions

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We must understand what our treatment choices are and their risks and benefits.

Watchful Waiting: When Treatment Can Wait

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For some patients, delaying treatment while regularly monitoring the progress of disease may benefit them more than a rush to pharmaceutical or surgical options.