Oncology Second Opinions
Understand Your Disease, Get a Second Opinion
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and can lead to feelings of uncertainty and stress, which is why it is important to feel confident in your treatment plan and care team. Seeking a second opinion is a common, helpful way to obtain additional information about your cancer and all the treatment options that are available to you.
There are many reasons why you may want to seek a second opinion before or during the course of your cancer care including:
- To feel more secure about your diagnosis and treatment plan
- To ensure you have considered all available options and have received multiple perspectives
- To feel more confident about your care team’s ability to treat your cancer
- To treat a rare or unusual cancer type
- To explore other treatment options if your cancer is not responding to your current treatment
No matter what your reason, getting a second opinion can help you select the treatment plan and care team that best fits your needs. If you have been diagnosed with cancer and would like to schedule a second opinion with one of our oncologists please call 630-364-7850.
Why Seek a Second Opinion at DuPage Medical Group
In 2015, DuPage Medical Group’s Integrated Oncology Program was awarded a nationally- recognized accreditation based on our continued commitment to quality, access and exceptional patient outcomes. As of 2019, we are proud to maintain our title as the only accredited Freestanding Cancer Center in Illinois, a distinction received by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
The Integrated Oncology Program at DuPage Medical Group is comprised of a fully integrated team of medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, surgeons, specialists, dedicated nurse navigators and a wide range of additional support services. Our team is committed to delivering comprehensive, innovative and personalized care through the use of leading-edge technology, the latest medical advancements and collaboration among our healthcare providers. DuPage Medical Group’s robust oncology team includes several fellowship trained doctors who are skilled in the latest procedures, including robot-assisted surgery, and are proud to bring university-level cancer care to the suburbs. This allows our patients to complete their treatments where they feel the safest and the most supported: close to home.
DMG is a physician-led organization, which means you can rest assured that every aspect of your care is developed and managed by our team of dedicated doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals. Our providers work closely with one another to develop personalized care plans including during:
We understand that each patient’s needs and cancer case is unique, which is why we utilize a team-based approach to develop individualized care plans for each patient. To facilitate collaboration among our team of experts, cancer conferences are held regularly in our Lisle and Tinley Park locations. Cancer conferences allow members of our Oncology Program to present individual cancer cases to a multi-specialty group. After an extensive review of each case, the team participates in comprehensive treatment planning, taking into consideration any new or emerging treatments and protocols. In 2018, 23 percent of our cancer cases were presented for multi-specialty review, exceeding the national requirement of 15 percent.
Multi-Specialty Cancer Appointments
Multi-specialty appointments are available for patients diagnosed with genitourinary cancers, including those of the bladder, kidneys, prostate or testes, who are considering radiation therapy and/or other medical or surgical treatments. During the appointment, patients are able to meet with multiple providers, which can include a medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, urologist and a nurse navigator, all within a single visit.
This allows members of your care team to collaborate with one another, review the available treatment options with you, in real-time to develop a care plan tailored to you. Receiving input from multiple oncology experts and having all of your questions addressed enables you to feel as prepared and well-informed about your treatment plan as possible.
For those with prostate cancer who are considering radiation therapy, multi-specialty appointments are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at our Lisle location.
Individuals who have been diagnosed with an advanced genitourinary cancer, including those of the bladder, kidneys, prostate or testes, who are considering chemotherapy or other treatment options, multi-specialty appointments are available Tuesdays and Wednesdays at our Hinsdale and Lisle Medical Office buildings.
To learn more about multi-specialty appointments, or to find out if you are a candidate for this service, please contact our Urology department.
In addition to the helpful information you can count on from DuPage Medical Group, the American Cancer Society provides useful resources that you can refer to anytime online or by calling (800) 227-2345. Some of the various resources available online include a guide for newly diagnosed patients to help learn more about your diagnosis, ideas on how to share the news with your family, and guidance on what to expect as you begin treatment. Many of the American Cancer Society printed educational materials are also available for free at the DuPage Medical Group Cancer Resource Center located in our Lisle Medical Office Building.