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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health, Health Support, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: The mission of thesecondopinion is to provide free multidisciplinary second opinions to adults in California who have been diagnosed with new or recurring cancer. Patients often need a better understanding of their disease and their options. Some are looking for confirmation of their diagnosis before proceeding with a treatment, while others are seeking support sorting out difficult choices in order to manage their cancer.

Target demographics: vulnerable populations of cancer patients and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 1,200 individuals because: • The equivalent of 204 doctors sat on 37 Review Panels that provided over 1,600 hours of volunteer physician expertise • 282 patients with 104 supporting family members representing 37 different types of cancer and 23 different counties received seco

Geographic areas served: all counties in California

Programs: free second multidisciplinary second opinions to cancer patients and their families in order to assist them in making informed decisions about their cancer and their treatment options. Whether newly diagnosed or having recurring cancer, the lives of cancer patients are saved or improved with a better understanding of their disease and their options. Over our history, thesecondopinion has made a significant impact on the lives of thousands of cancer patients and their families from all over California by providing clarity, compassion and choice in the face of an overwhelming situation.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my cancer recurred earlier this year, I was shocked. My husband and I wanted an independent 2nd opinion to help us decide how to proceed. The Second Opinion did just that! They freely gave of their time and expertise, including with follow-up questions. They took care of details big and small. They made my husband and me feel comfortable. We are very grateful that The Second Opinion thought to provide a recorded audio file of our session with the panelists. The panelists covered so much useful information with us that was hard to absorb it all in real time. The recording allowed us to review the information at our leisure. This helped us to proceed with confidence.We are still very touched by the kindness, thoughtfulness, efficiency and generosity that was shown to us by the folks at The Second Opinion. The service that they provide at an anxious time is truly amazing! We HIGHLY recommend them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a volunteer with thesecondopinion. As a cancer survivor myself, I know the value of receiving a second opinion. This organization is the answer many patients are looking for when they need to understand their diagnosis and make treatment decisions. I see the care and compassion given to every patient by the staff and the volunteer physicians. What an incredible organization!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thesecondopinion is a unique organization in that patients and their families have the opportunity, free of charge, to ask face-to-face questions of an objective panel of doctors who specialize in the patient’s specific treatment needs. This experience provides clarity for cancer patients who face difficult decisions in their treatment.

I had the honor of attending a second opinion panel in support of a patient, and I found the panel physicians to be very knowledgeable, professional, and informative. The staff obtained all of the medical records, pathology slides, and radiology for second opinion panel to review. They were very welcoming and made us feel right at home!

Thesecondopinion in an invaluable resource for patients with cancer and families coping with the illness of their loved ones.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you to the second opinion doctors and staff for all the information and help! I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and I was not feeling comfortable with my treatment plan. I wanted a second opinion to be sure I was on the right path and that the medical industry was not out to save money and not give me the best treatment plan possible. After sitting with a panel of very kind and informative doctors I learned I was in fact on the best treatment plan and they also gave me hope. I walked out of there feeling better than I have about my diagnosis in weeks. Thanks again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just want to express my gratitude to Lori and Dr. Kleckner at the Second Opinion during my time of desperate need. I was in a situation where two doctors gave me two different treatment options which caused me a lot of anxiety and stress in making the final decision. In addition, i had a time constraint to make my decision. In order for one of the treatment to be effective, I need to start right away...what should I do??? Thanks to Lori and Dr. Kleckner who were able to quickly helped me with their valuable advices which gave me the confidence and comfort that I need to make my final decision for my treatment. The Second Opinion is truly a terrific organization which provided much-needed support for cancer patients.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization not only helped me in understanding my cancer diagnosis but also gave me the reassurance I needed to proceed with the proper treatment that is necessary in defeating this disease. I am utterly grateful to both the coordinator, Lori, and the panel who oversaw my case. If facing unknowns or uncertainties regarding your cancer diagnosis and treatment, or even need reassurance that you are headed in the correct direction, I highly recommend reaching out to thesecondopinion for help. We need more organizations like this out there!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to be granted a panel second opinion with Thesecondopinion. It was a wonderful experience. Everyone was professional and caring. It gave me relief to know I was getting the best treatment and that everything is being done to give me the quality of life I want to have. Thank you to everyone on the panel as well as all the ladies in the office. You made the experience for my family and I very comfortable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my husband was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer, we were overwhelmed with the choices of treatment available and which one to choose. Not one doctor would tell us what he should do! Thankfully, the wonderful staff and Doctors at The Second Opinion helped us navigate the mirade of options and make a decision on how best to proceed to treat my husband's cancer. The relief and peace of mind we felt were just what we needed at that time! My husband even received personal phone calls from one of the Doctors, which was very comforting to him. I'm so grateful to this amazing organization and all of the work that they do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5


Just a note to say how grateful we are to you, Lori, Cheri, Joanie, Dr. Kleckner and the members of the panel for a wonderful experience last Friday. Your combination of professionalism, expertise, generosity, warmth and humor is extraordinary, and we left with a sense of confidence that we are pursuing the right treatment track.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Prior to working for this wonderful nonprofit I referred numerous women diagnosed with breast cancer to thesecondopinion. Most of these women were newly diagnosed and often times were delaying treatment, because they were undecided about their treatment options, or did not fully understand the benefits of each treatment option. Some of the women I referred just wanted to hear from an outside independent medical team that they were receiving optimal care and doing all they could to prevent the cancer from returning. Having free access to an independent second opinion helped these women gain the knowledge they needed to make informed treatment decisions. It also helped to alleviate some of the anxiety and emotional trauma of a cancer diagnosis.