Consultation & Second Opinions

Patients are allowed, and should even be helped, to obtain a second opinion or consultation if desired. Many people are concerned about letting their physician know that they want a second opinion. Most good doctors take this as a sign of a smart patient looking to confirm a diagnosis or treatment plan and not sign of distrust. Physicians can make a referral to another specialist if you request one.

Outside of Canada many cancer or research centres allow you to act on your own behalf and arrange for a consultation. Most websites provide contact information with details on how to arrange a consultation, and cost estimates. A review of your health records by mail can be a convenient and economical way to get an opinion about a specific problem from a myeloma specialist without having to travel a great distance. A "mail review" can be completed usually within a couple of weeks once all the requested materials and payment are received.