Should I Get A Second Opinion Before I Have A Surgical Treatment For My Prostate Cancer?

Dr. Gonzalgo answers the question: 'Getting A Second Opinion Before Surgery?'

March 16, 2009 -- Question: Should I get a second opinion before I have a surgical treatment for my prostate cancer?

Answer: I encourage all men to get a second or even third opinion before having surgery for prostate cancer. If possible, talk to other patients who have had the surgery. You may also be able to get recommendations from your doctor.

I also encourage you to get a second opinion regarding the pathology from your prostate biopsy. In this case, a pathologist with expertise in prostate cancer will review the actual microscope slides from your biopsy. This is very important since all treatment decisions are based on this very important piece of information.

Keep in mind that you are your best advocate and you should do everything that you possibly can to get the best treatment for your cancer.