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Pituitary Tumor Second Opinions

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It can be hard to decide on a treatment for a pituitary tumor. It might help to have the opinion of more than one doctor. Before starting any treatment, patients may want to talk to a second doctor about their diagnosis and treatment. Taking reasonable time to make an informed decision about the best treatment options for you will not hurt your chances that the treatment will work. If you are diagnosed with a cancerous pituitary tumor, it is very important that you seek treatment from a doctor specialized in treating such tumors. These are ways to find a doctor who can give you a second opinion:

  • Your primary care doctor. Your doctor may be able to recommend a specialist, such as a surgeon, medical oncologist, or radiation oncologist. Sometimes, these doctors work together at cancer centers or hospitals. People should not be afraid to ask their doctors about second opinions.

  • The Cancer Information Service. The Cancer Information Service, at 1-800-4-CANCER, tells callers about places to get treatment, including cancer centers and other programs supported by the National Cancer Institute.

  • Other options. People can get the names of doctors from local medical societies, nearby hospitals, medical schools, local cancer advocacy groups, and from other people who have had pituitary cancer.

  • The Directory of Medical Specialists. This reference book, The Official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists, lists doctors by state and specialty and gives information about their background and training. It can be found in most public libraries.

Remember, it is not as important to make a quick decision as it is to make an informed one. Get all the information that you can to help you make the decision is best for you. It will also help you know what to expect from your treatment and your health care team.