We understand a leukemia diagnosis is extremely difficult, and we are always available to offer a consultation or second opinion for your child. Please contact our program at 1-888-PEDI-ONC (1-888-733-4662) or 617-632-5508 to request a second opinion.
To help us conduct a precise evaluation, it is important that we receive a full summary of your child's initial diagnosis. This includes any and all:
- laboratory or pathology reports
- other radiographic or MRI images
- information about previous treatments your child may have received
Please have as much of the following information as possible gathered when you call or bring it with you to your child's appointment:
Patient summary information
- your child’s date of birth
- your address
- contact information for you/your child's other parent or guardian
- insurance information
Complete clinical summary information
- the name(s) and contact information of the physician(s) who have been treating your child
- your child's diagnosis, or working diagnosis, and a list of his symptoms
- any MRI/CAT scan films
- any pathology slides and reports
- any operation notes (if your child has had surgery)
- a summary of radiation therapy (if your child has had radiation)
a complete list of previous chemotherapy drugs your child has taken, along with the dates and doses (if your child had chemotherapy)
What should I expect on the day of my child's appointment?
On the day of your consultation, you should expect to spend most of the day here at DF/CHCC. All patients coming in for a second opinion are seen by the appropriate oncology staff physician. You may also see an oncology fellow, the radiation oncologist and/or the surgeon.
After the initial evaluation, we’ll meet with you to have a thorough discussion of your child's diagnosis, any further testing and recommended treatment. We’ll also discuss our recommendations with your referring physician.