Cancer is a disease that affects millions of Americans each year and to help families and those impacted by the disease, officials from Frederick Memorial Hospital launched a new facility for families to stay local while evaluating their treatment options called the Second Opinion Clinic.
Doctors said it’s not uncommon for people diagnosed with a serious illness to seek a second opinion, and some local doctors even encourage it.
They do realize, however, the strain it could have on families traveling back and forth between major cities, and officials from Frederick Regional Health System said this new facility will help with traveling challenges.
“Instead of patients having to go to Baltimore, or say Washington, they can see one of our M.D. certified physicians who will review all of their information,” said Mark Soberman, medical director of oncolology at Frederick Regional Health System.
After careful review with a joining effort from other M.D. Anderson Cancer Research physicians and experts, the patient will then be notified on how to best manage the patient’s cancer.
“If they see a local physician and then get a second opinion, and that opinion says exactly the same thing, it gives them that tremendous level of confidence that they’re getting the care they absolutely need,” Soberman said.
Doctors said there are certain times when patients should get a second opinion, and one of those times includes a diagnosis of a serious illness, like cancer.
“When you’re faced with a serious illness, whether its cancer of something else, oftentimes, there’s more than one way to manage it, and in most instances, it’s best to get a second opinion,” Soberma said.
Doctors said their goal is for people to stay local when seeking treatment options for cancer.