Lung cancer is a serious diagnosis. To ensure patients are receiving the best treatment for their diagnosis, often they or their physician may recommend a second opinion consultation. Getting a second opinion does not mean that the patient does not trust his or her regular medical provider. In fact, a second opinion is a strongly recommended for all cancer diagnoses, so that the patient and their physician can choose the best course of treatment for the individual.
Patients should also ask their physicians to submit pathology materials for another review. Especially in the case of serious diagnoses like lung cancer, getting a second opinion is often a good idea so that patients can hear from doctors who specialize in treating lung cancer.