How to Get a Second Opinion on a Biopsy
If you decide to get a second opinion on your biopsy results, your doctor or hospital can usually arrange to have your slides and a case summary sent to a second pathologist—or you can make arrangements yourself by following these steps.
• Check your insurance or Medicare to see if second pathology opinions are covered.
• Consider having your slides sent to a National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center (find one here) or to an academic institution (neither needs to be local).
• Contact the center to find out whether they provide this service. If they do, ask about the cost and shipping instructions.
• Contact the pathology department of the hospital where you had your biopsy and ask them to send your slides to the second pathologist.