More than 35,000 patients have benefitted from a free, comprehensive second opinion about their disease and treatment options
SACRAMENTO (March 2023) – On April 8th the Sacramento tennis community will come together at Gold River Sports Club, 2201 Gold Rush Drive, Gold River at noon to raise funds for thesecondopinion. The day will include a tennis tournament, raffles, silent auction, lunch and music. The Gold River Sports Club welcomes the public to come and watch the tournament and participate in the fundraising activities.
Thesecondopinion, a nonprofit that provides free multidisciplinary, comprehensive second opinions to adults in California diagnosed with new or recurrent cancers. Since 1969, the organization has served more than 35,000 patients throughout California. Thesecondopinion offers free second opinion consultations to cancer patients using a unique panel format in which doctors, patients and their family members all participate. They provide cancer patients the clarity they need about their diagnosis, treatment plan and benefit of treatment, so the patient and family can make informed medical decisions.
The need is great: studies show that as many as 60 percent of patients who have sought a second opinion received a change in their diagnosis or treatment. More than half of the patients thesecondopinion serves have a combined income of $50,000 or less; 65 percent are disabled, retired or unemployed; and 35 percent are breast cancer patients.
Addressing a big need: breast cancer patients
The availability of new diagnostic and treatment choices has actually increased the need for independent second opinions for breast cancer patients who face numerous critical and confusing decisions, including:
- Whether to undergo lumpectomy, mastectomy, or even bilateral mastectomy
- Whether and when to undergo reconstructive surgery
- How to assess and manage lymph node involvement
- Whether and when to undergo radiation treatment, hormonal and/or chemotherapy treatment
- How to compare potential treatment benefits compare when considering the effects on their quality of life and the prognosis
Breast cancer patients look to thesecondopinion for hope and direction because they want to be certain not only about their diagnosis and treatment options, but also that their personal concerns about quality of life have been aired, understood and addressed.
Inspiring survivor stories fuel our mission
When Diane was diagnosed with a sub-type of early-stage triple negative breast cancer, she found it was so rare that there was little research on it, including a lack of understanding from her healthcare providers. “Thesecondopinion pathologist was able to explain that even though it wasn’t pure, it had five of the six characteristics of a pure medullary tumor and therefore did not need treatment. This was very reassuring to me since I was choosing not to do chemo; the support from thesecondopinion meant a lot to me at a very difficult and uncertain time in my life.”
What thesecondopinion offers:
- The opportunity to have four to seven independent, board-certified cancer specialists carefully review your medical records, images and pathology reports
- Virtual in-person communication so you and your family can have all your questions answered
- A detailed explanation of the extent of the disease and treatment options
- Peace of mind and confidence that you are pursuing the best possible course of action
- A patient-centered and compassionate service, regardless of income
Thesecondopinion has over 70 volunteer physicians who are at the heart of its service and mission, and contribute an average of 635 volunteer hours annually. Since its inception, the organization has recruited and provided volunteer opportunities for hundreds of physicians.
Thesecondopinion is not affiliated with any hospital or organization, but works in conjunction with physicians, nurse navigators and social workers from several medical centers and cancer support organizations to make sure cancer patients know about the service.
Funds raised from the “Breast Cancer Tennis Tournament will help support breast cancer patients in receiving a second opinion.
The “Breast Cancer Tennis Tournament” is being organized by Milla Austin and Ana Klein along with women and men in the Sacramento community that know the value of a second opinion. They want to ensure that anyone that is diagnosed with breast cancer can access a free, comprehensive second opinion and to that end they hope to raise $10,000. If you live in the community please plan on attending the event, participating in the activities and learn about thesecondopinion.
Thesecondopinion is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving the California cancer community since 1969. The organization was founded by surgeon William Lester Rogers, MD, and a group of pioneering Bay Area physicians who recognized the need for multidisciplinary cancer consultations. Since its inception, thesecondopinion has provided free consultations to more than 10,000 adults in California diagnosed with new or recurring cancers. The diverse experiences in cancer diagnosis and treatment of our board-certified physicians, allow us to provide an unbiased and patient-centered service not duplicated by any other agency in California. Find out more at www.thesecondopinion.org, connect with us on facebook.com/thesecondopinion501c3, @SecndOpinion.