Breast conditions, both benign and malignant, can be complicated to diagnose and manage.
A second opinion may be sought for a variety of reasons, including to confirm the diagnosis and management plan that may have already been proposed. The reassurance of a second opinion may also help patients feel more confident, or consider other treatment options that may have fewer side effects or are more suited to their particular circumstances.
Patients are often concerned that their managing doctor will be offended by a second opinion. This is generally not the case, and most breast specialists expect and encourage second opinions. It can be helpful to seek a second opinion from a doctor or specialist in a different institution or network.
Sydney Breast Clinic is a specialist breast service and can provide a high quality second opinion based on years of training, specialisation and experience in breast imaging and diagnosis. Patients often come to SBC for reassurance about a diagnosis or a management plan that has already been proposed.
Although patients presenting for a second opinion will often come to SBC with their breast imaging already completed, in some circumstances we will recommend further imaging such as extra mammographic views or a targeted ultrasound, to ensure that we can provide a fully informed opinion. Our same-day service ensures that for the majority of patients, a diagnosis and second opinion can be given on the day of consultation.
For women with breast cancer who are seeking a second opinion on treatment planning, a consultation can be organised with one of our breast surgeons.