Why Second Opinions Matter in Cancer Care

Being diagnosed with cancer is a life-changing experience that can leave you and your loved ones facing a lot of uncertainty. While you may be anxious to get started with treatment, it’s important to take the time to get a second opinion.

A second opinion from specialists at a top cancer care center (like those in Carrum Health’s network) will not only confirm a diagnosis, but will also give you treatment options based on the most up-to-date research for your specific type of cancer. This can include clinical trials and new types of treatments that may be more effective than standard treatment options.

And while most health plans do not cover second opinions, the cost is fully covered for Carrum Health members,* and this service can often be provided virtually, allowing you to remain in the comfort of your own home.

How specialists help you find the right treatment plan

Cancer is a complex disease—and there are hundreds of different types.

Obtaining a second opinion from experts, who specialize in your cancer type, is crucial to confirming the accuracy of your cancer diagnosis and the right treatment plan for you.

And if you’ve been diagnosed with a less common cancer, it can be particularly beneficial to get a second opinion from a specialized pathologist or radiologist who focuses solely on cancer, as opposed to general pathologists, radiologists, or oncologists. Specialists are skilled at noticing subtle details that others might miss. They also stay informed about the latest research and can provide valuable insights so you can avoid receiving treatment you may not necessarily need.

A guide to your overall cancer care journey

In addition to making sure your cancer diagnosis is accurate and that you have the most effective treatment plan possible, designed specifically for you, a second opinion acts as a guide, providing clarity regarding your specific type and stage of cancer. Even if you’ve already started treatment, a second opinion can help confirm whether your current treatment plan is working and help you figure out what your next steps should be.

And don’t worry about offending your current oncologist—getting a second opinion is very common, and a good doctor will appreciate the added perspective. Just because you get a second opinion doesn’t mean you have to change oncologists. Many people bring their second opinion to their original oncologist and have it incorporated into their current care plan.

Cancer Care for Carrum Health Members

If your employer offers the Carrum Health cancer care benefit and if you or a dependent has received a cancer diagnosis or if test results indicate the possibility of cancer, contact us today. We’ll connect you with one of the leading cancer centers in the country and provide step-by-step guidance throughout your cancer journey.

Your Carrum Health benefit includes a complimentary second opinion and a personalized care plan from one of the nation’s premier cancer care centers. This service comes at no cost to you and can often be completed virtually, from the comfort of your own home.  

After you receive your second opinion, you’ll also have access to virtual support from expert oncology nurses. These highly trained nurses are available to answer cancer-related questions and provide ongoing assistance for up to two years, offering valuable support beyond your the initial diagnosis.

For more information, watch our video. And to see if the Carrum Health cancer care benefit is available to you, check your eligibility.

The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only. No material is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


*With the exception of second opinions, individuals enrolled in a high-deductible plan must first meet their deductible, but oftentimes copays and coinsurance will be waived. Second opinions are typically provided at no cost to members and do not require payment of any deductible. Per IRS rules, a portion of any covered travel expenses will be reported as taxable income to the covered member.

How Carrum Health Can Help
Carrum Health is a unique benefit that connects employees with the country’s top surgeons and cancer specialists to receive high-quality care at a far lower cost. Find out if the Carrum Health benefit is available to you.