March 16, 2009 -- Question: Should I get a second opinion before you start your treatment for prostate cancer?
Answer: It's always a good idea to get a second opinion with any type of treatment, particularly prostate cancer, which is a very important diagnosis. You have to be certain that the pathology is correct. And a lot of times we actually will have a second opinion performed on the pathology from the biopsy.
In addition, you should seek second opinions regarding your treatment options, because people just naturally have their own opinions about what treatment might be best while another may have a different opinion, and there's nothing wrong with seeking a second and even a third opinion for your prostate cancer treatment options.
In addition you should seek out referral to centers that perform high volume of prostate cancer treatments. We know from trials that have been performed and studies that centers that treat a high volume of prostate cancer actually have better outcomes than those that don't.
So seeking a second opinion is always a good idea. You should probably seek it at a center that performs a high volume of prostate cancer treatment.