Prostate Cancer Second Opinion Program
Any diagnosis of cancer deserves a second opinion, and that’s why Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin offer the Prostate Cancer Second Opinion Program. This program makes it simpler than ever to request a second opinion after you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer. In most cases, it will require just one visit, scheduled within five business days.
Although prostate cancer is curable in its early stages, it’s a complex disease with many treatment options available. There is no “cookie cutter” approach — everything should be tailored to you as an individual, and it’s important that you be involved in deciding what course of treatment is best for you. The choices you make now can affect your health and your life long into the future.
Dedicated Expertise Means More Choices, Better Results
At Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, we combine experience with superior health care delivery and a dedicated patient focus to deliver better outcomes. Our prostate cancer physicians are specialists — not generalists.
That means they understand all the nuances of prostate cancer and are keenly aware of the many treatment options available. They understand the importance of forming treatment plans that fit your quality of life goals and future plans.
As part of an academic medical center, we have the resources, technology, expertise and compassion to accurately evaluate your diagnosis and effectively treat your cancer.
A second opinion at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin will confirm your diagnosis, tell you more about your treatment options, help you choose the best course of action for you, and introduce you to some of the country’s leading prostate cancer experts.
Benefits of a Prostate Cancer Second Opinion
The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Prostate Cancer Second Opinion Program offers:
- Unparalleled expertise — Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin are proud to have some of the country’s top prostate cancer physicians treating patients. The depth of training, technology, expertise and resources of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Prostate Cancer team means you’re more likely to have a better outcome the first time around — with less chance of your prostate cancer recurring.
- Rapid access to appointments — We’ll schedule your second opinion visit within five business days of your request. In most cases and with the appropriate background information, it will take just one visit for us to offer our opinion about your diagnosis and treatment options.
- Broad range of treatment options — Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin offer the full spectrum of advanced treatment options, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy.
- Full participation in the decision making process — We’ll help you develop a treatment plan that fits your life and your goals.
- Ease of use — From your first contact with us and throughout the process, a nurse coordinator will work closely with you to ensure we have all the information needed to make an accurate evaluation of your condition. The coordinator will even help you obtain medical records needed before your appointment.
- Clinical trials — Because we are a leading academic medical center, there are often opportunities for patients to participate, as appropriate, in clinical trials of new treatments and medications.
- Peace of mind — Seeking a second opinion is common and encouraged throughout the medical community. You won’t offend your physician, and you could learn about treatment options you never considered. In fact, many physicians recommend their patients seek a second opinion at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.
What to Expect from a Prostate Cancer Second Opinion
Once you’ve requested a second opinion regarding your prostate cancer diagnosis, a nurse coordinator will help you gather all the appropriate medical records, test results, and any other information necessary for us to make an accurate evaluation. The coordinator will explain what records are needed and how best to get them, answering any questions and assisting you all along the way.
Second opinion visits are usually scheduled at the Clinical Cancer Center building at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.
During your visit, a physician will review your medical records, conduct a prostate exam and interview you to get a sense of your priorities and concerns. The physician will also discuss his or her impressions, and help you understand the risks and benefits of each treatment option open to you.
Also, if additional specialists should be consulted regarding your case, we’ll do our best to make sure that happens during your second opinion visit.
At Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, we will engage you in the decision-making process. Because there are so many variables to consider, we want you to hear about the full breadth of options and help you weigh the pros and cons, making sure you understand completely. Factors such as age, other health issues, family history, your personal philosophy on risk vs. benefit, the stage of your cancer and more should be considered before choosing a course of treatment. What’s right for one person could be absolutely wrong for another.
Our goal is to provide you with a state-of-the-science evaluation and in some cases, we may feel additional information is needed that was not gathered prior to your visit. In those selected cases, further tests may be required, and the nurse coordinator will work with you to arrange any needed appointments.
Most insurance companies cover second opinion visits. You will need to check with your insurance carrier regarding your plan coverage prior to your visit. Please call our nurse coordinator at 414-805-3666 or outside Milwaukee, 800-272-3666, option 2, for more information.
Clinical Trial Participation
At Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, we do much more than just diagnose and treat patients. As a leading academic medical center, we conduct research and clinical trials that have a larger-picture impact for all men with prostate cancer, in addition to providing state-of-the-science care for the individual. We have an active clinical trials program relating to prostate cancer that encompasses the breadth of the disease process — including prevention. Participation in clinical trials is highly selective and based on specific, individual circumstances. Not everyone will be eligible to participate in a clinical trial. If a clinical trial might be an option for you, our physicians will discuss that option with you during your visit.
Learn more about Clinical Trials.