Second opinion from German oncologist

28/11/2022

Finding answers to diagnostic questions and treatment plans for serious cancer problems can sometimes seem overwhelming. However, other points of view can help to receive more information and reach other chances and opportunities.

Oncological consultation

Oncology is a rapidly developing and very compound branch of medicine. Since cancer is more successfully treated in hospitals where advanced research is being carried out, treatment in German clinics and doctors is becoming increasingly popular.

Oncological consultationA cancer diagnosis might make a patient feel insecure, anxious, and overwhelmed. A consultation with a German oncologist will provide an opportunity to obtain as much information as possible about the disease, various treatments, the prognosis of recovery and how it will affect life.

A consultation with an advanced specialist can be a valuable support for coping with cancer. Good communication will help you get the most favourable cancer care. Most importantly, the patient will obtain all the answers on the staging and type of cancer. In addition, the doctor will talk about possible new treatments, side effects and their further impact on life.

Germany is a country with advanced cancer treatment technologies. Therefore, the introduction of a new one is always associated with a large number of ongoing clinical trials. A consultation with a cancer specialist will reply to the possibility of participating in these trials.

Distant consultation in Germany

A second medical opinion is given by a highly qualified and independent medical expert who estimates the right treatment strategy. It includes deciding whether surgery is required in a particular case or whether other options should be considered.

There are many ways to get a second opinion. Despite the development of information technology, face-to-face consultation remains a primary option. However, it is more costly regarding time and finances, including travel expenses, accommodation, and an interpreter. But on the other hand, imaging and the simultaneous presence of specialized doctors are required in some rare and specific diseases.

Online consultations have been developing rapidly in recent years. However, patients must remember that performing a physical examination online will not be possible. Instead, this type will consist of a thorough history taking, symptoms, personal and family history, and, if necessary, a request for biochemical, laboratory, functional and imaging tests. Such consultations exist in several types:

  • Video consultation - allow you to talk with an oncologist personally. During such consultation, treatment recommendations are usually discussed. It is held at a convenient time for all participants and sometimes is difficult to arrange. After the video consultation, the patient receives a written report summarizing the discussion and treatment advice.
  • Written consultation - an oncologist will provide a comprehensive written consultation on the relevant medical reports submitted beforehand.

The main advantage of online consultations is the absence of travel expenses, the speed, and the chance of getting an independent opinion of world-class doctors.

Studies show that alternative medical opinions and telemedicine influence approximately 65% ​​of cancer cases. It means that by double checking, the patient can save money and time and avoid unnecessary treatment, travel and getting it right the first time.

The best oncologists in Germany for a distant consultation

The best oncologists in Germany for a distant consultationAccording to the German National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, numerous doctors offer consultations in more than 25,000 practices in Germany. And this number is constantly increasing, especially with the onset of the crisis and COVID-19. So how do you find the right doctor in such a variety?

AiroMedical specialists do a great job of studying the doctors' expertise, monitoring their work, and identifying the medical practice. As a result, the recommended doctors are leaders in oncological research and professionals in certain areas.

  • Prof. Dr. med. Florian Bassermann's area of ​​research is the molecular pathophysiology of malignant diseases. He is particularly interested in studying bone marrow failure syndrome, autologous transplantation in multiple myeloma, hemoglobinopathies in thalassemia and sickle cell anaemia, and immunodeficiency.
  • Prof. Dr. med Harald-Robert Bruch MSc, PhD - is a specialist in internal medicine, haematology, oncology, gastroenterology, hemostasiology, tumour drug therapy, infectious diseases, pain therapy and palliative medicine.
  • Prof. Dr. med. Marcus Gorschluter is a specialist providing oncological care and advice to patients with benign and malignant tumours and metastases to various organs. In addition, he gives recommendations for modern therapy for almost any malignancy.
  • PD. Dr. med. Peter Reichardt - his areas of expertise are soft tissue sarcomas, bone tumours, gastrointestinal stromal tumours, malignant skin tumours, oesophagal carcinomas, gastric carcinomas, pancreatic carcinomas, neuroendocrine tumours, gallbladder and bile duct carcinomas.
  • Prof. Dr. med. Michael von Bergwelt is a specialist in treating gastrointestinal tract tumours, the reproductive system of men and women and the breast, and malignant ascites. An additional focus area is lung cancer, malignant diseases of the gallbladder, pancreas and liver, mesothelioma, head and neck tumours, soft tissue sarcomas and bones.
  • Prof. Dr. med. Markus Braun-Falco- his range of consultations and treatments includes general dermatology and allergology, surgical dermatology and dermatohistopathology. Priority areas are dermatology, oncodermatology and the treatment of rare skin diseases.
  • Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Eber is one of the best specialists in paediatrics and adolescent medicine, haematology, oncology, and hemostasiology. His consultations range from all forms of anaemia and blood clotting disorders to ending with all types of blood cancer (leukaemia).
  • Prof. Dr. med. Elke Jager - her area of ​​interest: treatment of leukaemia and lymphoma, radiochemotherapy, stem cell transplantation (autologous, allogeneic and cord blood transplantation), antibody therapy, immunotherapy, anaemia, etc. Of particular interest are consultations in treating bronchial carcinoma, malignant lymphoma, plasmacytomas, sarcomas, antibody therapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and cytokine therapy.

How to get a second opinion?

AiroMedical arranges second medical opinions for a variety of cancers. In addition, you can get a remote consultation on orthopaedic surgery, cardiovascular diseases, brain tumours, spinal surgery, and much more.

What do I need to do to get an alternative opinion? To do this, you need to take only two steps.

  1. Submit a request form.
  2. Provide all available medical information.

After submitting the form, the patient is contacted by a manager who will accompany and help throughout the process. Also, the specialist will provide a list of all the necessary medical information for a qualitative review. Then, the assistants will recommend which medical records, pathology slides, radiological images, or a combination of these tests needs to be provided. It is essential, as the expert opinion will be based on the information received.

The AiroMedical Second Opinion Service provides a thorough analysis of the diagnosis and treatment strategy and is completely independent and transparent. There are no unresolved questions and problems with AiroMedical. We will help you answer all queries and offer the best possible solution to the issue.

References:

  1. Cancer Therapy Advisor: After a Bladder Cancer Diagnosis: Questions to Ask Your Doctor
  2. Research Gate GmbH: Face-to-face versus telemedicine first appointment in orthopedic cancer patients: a cost analysis
  3. AiroMedical: Remote consultation of a doctor
  4. AiroMedical: Best oncologists in Germany
  5. WebMD: How to Ask for a Second Opinion