A second opinion refers to the opinion of another doctor different from a patient’s current doctor
The second doctor will review the patient’s medical records and may request that any test results, imaging studies, pathology reports, original tissue samples, slides from your biopsy or surgery, and/or a CD of scans be sent for review; they may even order additional tests or scans.
After reviewing all of the information available about your diagnosis, the second doctor may confirm or question the first doctor’s diagnosis and treatment plan, give more information about the patient’s disease or condition, and offer other treatment options. Many patients will seek 3rd, 4th, and even 5th opinions from other doctors in order to gain consensus on the best course of action.
Even if a patient decides to remain with their original doctor, it is not uncommon for patients to stay in contact with the doctors from whom they have sought second opinions to help guide treatment decisions.