When you are diagnosed with breast cancer, you need collaborative care to communicate effectively with doctors and make educated decisions regarding your treatment options. Consultation services allow you time with your cancer care team to help you understand and discuss those options.
Consultation services provide you with:
- A full report of your cancer diagnosis (type and stage of cancer), your treatment options, and other information
- A second opinion regarding your diagnosis, treatment options, and the possible benefits to help guide your decisions
- A discussion with the doctors about their findings and recommendations
As a breast cancer patient, you may need to consult with our physicians at all levels of your treatment process. Time with the pathologist will help you understand your diagnosis better and choose your preferred treatment option. A surgical oncologist will offer their expertise or second opinion to confirm the diagnosis and a review of the imaging results.
Once you have undergone breast cancer surgery, you may need the advice of a reconstructive surgeon to explore your breast reconstruction options or correction on the surgery you received elsewhere.
A radiation oncologist can help to evaluate whether you qualify for accelerated radiation or partial breast radiation or consult on the other treatment options available. Consulting with a medical oncologist will help you decide on the best treatment option for your unique case.
Our physicians often coordinate with other health care teams to ensure patients receive efficient and comprehensive care. To achieve this, they need to consult within themselves while sharing mutual respect and concern for their patient. Their patients’ interests come first.
The Purpose of Consultation
Different levels of consultation are needed to help make the correct diagnosis, provide technical expertise, and recommend the next course of action. A consultation may be required occasionally when the recommendations from the primary caregiver conflict with the oncologists’ opinion. Patient’s may look for a second opinion or may want to explore other options.
During consultations, clinicians initiate a professional dialogue to share opinions and knowledge that will help to enhance their ability to provide you with the best care. Sometimes to advise on the patient’s condition, your physician may request to have a formal consultation.
At each level of consultation, the welfare of the patient is put first. You should be informed and allowed to participate throughout the consultative process.
Your oncologists will disclose all the information regarding your condition, financial implications, and any other information that concerns you. Our patients have access to schedule a consultation at any time while under the care of our physicians.