The Penn Medicine Brain Tumor Center believes in second opinions. It's common for patients and families to seek a second opinion for a brain tumor diagnosis. A second opinion can help confirm your diagnosis, check to make sure the diagnosis is correct, and even open up the opportunities for a different treatment plan for a brain tumor.

Why Are Brain Tumor Second Opinions Important?

Seeking the expertise of world-class brain surgeons can be a vital part of making a decision about your care or that of a loved one. The Penn Brain Tumor Center is nationally recognized as one of the best in the nation. Through a second opinion at the Penn Brain Tumor Center, you may learn about a new clinical trial or research that is going on that might be right for you or a loved one. When you are diagnosed with a brain tumor we want to get the diagnoses correct the first time.

Brain Tumor Second Opinions Are Helpful

Other reasons to get a second opinion include:

  • Validate your diagnosis
  • Educate yourself on the diagnosis
  • Ensure your treatment plan is correct
  • Learn about the latest treatment options at other medical centers
  • Access to new clinical trials 
  • Learn more about your healthcare team and brain tumor specialists you may see during treatment

There are many decisions to make and many feelings to process when you've been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Many individuals seek a second opinion from Penn's neurosurgeons to help decide what the best treatment might be.

During a second opinion, a Penn neurosurgeon will review your medical history, current diagnosis and any images that have been taken. It is very important to bring all images, regardless of how long ago they were taken. This will help us determine the tumor's location and growth over time.

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