Does anyone have experience trying to get a second opinion from Sloan-Kettering? What's the best way to initiate this process? And how long does it take to get an appointment?
I have likely had a recurrence of Hodgkin's lymphoma and would like to get a second opinion from Sloan-Kettering in NY. I live in San Francisco and my oncologist is at UCSF. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you.
My experience with Sloane-Kettering was with pediatrics. However, my experience was excellent. I called the general number for second opinions found on their website. They asked for the diagnosis and patient age. I was connected right away to the pediatric lymphoma department. The secretary took my insurance information and some details about my daughter's case. The next day, the secretary called and and asked for copies of the scans and the original pathology slides to be sent to them. Several days later, she called to schedule an appointment for us with Dr. Tanya Trippett. The whole process from first call to actual appointment took just under two weeks. The place is huge and intimidating but, I found it to be very organized. Everyone was kind an helpful. Best of luck to you.
Do you have an appointment soon with your current onc? If so, ask them for a referral. I've found that most of them will expedite the process to an appropriate onc at the receiving institution. This works well if you don't want to handle all the paper transfer, medical records, scans, etc. that SK would need for a counsult.
If you'd like to select your own onc there, based on the research they do or a recommendation that works too
I work at Sloan-Kettering, and the best way to arrange for a second opinion is to call for an appointment: 800-525-2225. The referral specialist will provide all the details you need to forward records and will be able to schedule the appointment for you. Best of luck, Ellen
How about a hybrid approach? Call 800-525-2225 and ask the referral specialist what works best in terms of forwarding records and making an appointment. He/she will be able to advise you on the most efficient and stress-free way to make this happen. Our docs are sub-specialized, and sometimes there are nuances in the way logistics are handled. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Best of luck, Ellen
I've gone twice for a second opinion at Sloan Kettering in NY. I have non hodgkins lymphoma since 1995. The doctor I saw both times is Carol Portlock. My doctor is in NJ and is on the TOP DOCS list and he taught under Dr. Portlock. I was able to get an appt. thru my doctor that knows her. However, both times I went, it was a long wait, a lot of paperwork, and an entire day, getting back and forth to the hospital, parking, etc., so just prepare yourself to spend the day. (and I only live in NJ) Good luck and I will be thinking of you. I do believe that Sloan takes a very "aggressive" approach, compared to other facilities. Patti
Hi I am recently diagnosed with SZML- who do you use in NJ. I am in Northern NJ. I had two opinions on treatment with varied greatly. First was to take treanda then rituxin, second opinion says take spleen out. So I went for a third opinion to cancer treatment center of america.. they say spleen out.