Mercy Breast Cancer Second Opinion Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is your breast cancer second opinion program? This program is for patients diagnosed with breast cancer by a non-Mercy provider. We offer a second opinion on your diagnosis and recommended treatment for medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery or any combination of these.  This program will provide you with a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan to best treat your breast cancer. 

How will my appointments be scheduled?  Your breast nurse navigator will schedule your appointments for you. All your appointments will be scheduled on the same day. You should plan on being at Mercy for anywhere between two and four hours, depending on the number of physicians you’ll need to see. 

When will I get my results? Right away. On the day of your appointment, you’ll leave with all the details of your treatment plan to move forward. 

What’s the cost of the breast cancer second opinion program?   Your personal breast navigator will be complimentary (no charge) and you’ll only be responsible for any insurance copays and deductibles associated with your physician appointments. 

Do I need to bring any test results or medical records with me to my second opinion appointment?
Your personal breast nurse navigator will work with you on the results and documentation you’ll need to gather for your appointments, and provide you with the necessary consents to get this completed.

Why should I consider getting a second opinion when I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer?
Data shows that of patients who seek a second opinion, 37% have a change in their treatment plan, and the actual diagnosis for these patients changes about 15% of the time. You owe it to yourself to take the time to be educated on your options for care.  Medical treatments are ever-changing, and oncology experts frequently offer new treatments and investigational options. You should be asking lots of questions to better understand your diagnosis, treatment options and prognosis.  By seeking a second opinion, it doesn’t mean you don’t trust your original doctor; think of it as confirming what you’ve been told. And if this doesn’t confirm your first opinion, it’s better to have the information now before you start life-altering care.       

Will my doctor be offended if I get a second opinion?  These days, physicians expect that patients with a cancer diagnosis will seek a second or third opinion.   

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This program is offered at Mercy Breast Center - Clayton-Clarkson

15945 Clayton Rd., Ballwin, MO 63011 (at the intersection of Clayton and Clarkson Roads).