thesecondopinion

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services, Cancer

Location: 1200 Gough Street Suite 500 San Francisco CA 94109 USA

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I referred several people to you that were given pretty grim verdicts. 2 are still alive 5 years later. Both have lower energy but all of them tole me "you saved my life!" It brings tears. Hopefully you know you came through for them. A 3rd person whose cancer had really spread when she came to thesecondopinion and she lived for 3 more years than expected which she undoubtedly would not have without your intervention. It took her son and daughter with one on the arms and one on the legs to have her get a second opinion. You have saved/extended lives. Thank you.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I as very grateful of the services provided to me the SecondOpinion Staff. I first met with the team when I was initially diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Cancer, during the meeting they were supportive, caring and informative reviewing my case. I went to them a second time this past June, which I was even more grateful, since they usually meet with a patient one time. After reviewing my case again, they recommended with a specific Doctor, that was approved by my oncologist. In short, I'm completing my recovery form the surgery and at this point off all medications for the cancer! I have recommended The SecondOpinion to many people for the great, supportive, honest and caring service that they provide.

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Rating: 5 stars  

After a recent diagnosis of breast cancer a friend mentioned her excellent experience using "the second opinion" to discuss her own cancer diagnosis. I met with my panel who had carefully reviewed all of my medical records. The panel listened very carefully to my concerns and helped me come up with a treatment plan that was specific to my situation and my family history. I was then able to approach my own doctors with the plan that was readily accepted. I was thankful to have a place to run by options and check out the advice given to me by my own medical team. In addition to the excellent knowledge, I found the panelists very warm and humane. I would recommend this service (and have) to others.

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2 people found this review helpful

Thesecondopinion provides a vital service unavailable even at the most prestigious of facilities FOR FREE to California residents. A group of reputable up-to-date physicians who specialize in cancer volunteer their time to assist vulnerable patients in the management of their disease.
Our client surveys consistently report how having access to a second opinion has helped them on multiple levels – from truly understanding their diagnosis and ability to plan for their futures, to ways to improve symptom management and connections to additional support services.
This is the only organization of its kind in the United States, surviving solely by word of mouth and volunteerism for more than 40 years!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it as much money possible to expand its reach to help cancer patients in need all over the country, not just California.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I was diagnosed with high grade T2 bladder cancer at a NCI-Recognized Cancer Center. Translation: bad news at a very good place. Almost on a whim I visited TheSecondOpinion. Short story: they discovered an error in the diagnosis that was accepted by my docs and reversed the direction of my treatment. Without TheSecondOpinion my life would be very different.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I am so thankful for having the opportunity to go to thesecondopinion and participate in a panel with their amazing doctors. It was a breath of fresh air to get a 2nd opinion. What a needed organization they run there!! All of the staff at thesecondopinion are special people. I hope they are around for another 25 years. I'm so blessed to have been selected to visit them. thesecondopinion is a wonderful service for people diagnosed with cancer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

To give moral support, I accompanied a friend to her appointment with thesecondopinion. I was very impressed with the welcoming attitude of the staff and the caring and positive atmosphere during the discussions that took place while we were there.
TSO is a wonderful organization, and I am so grateful that this benevolent service is available to cancer patients.
Kudos to all who give of their time and expertise to this organization!
Andrea Cross

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I have been associated with TSO since 2006 and currently serve as President of the Board of Directors. I recently had the opportunity to use our organization when my husband of 38 years was diagnosed with melanoma. Compassion, clarity and choice. That is what we do and I am so grateful that I can help with continuing the mission.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Having been in medical oncology practice for over 30 years I learned how important it is for patients to both understand their disease and have clarity with respect to choices of treatment. Thesecondopinion provides free second opinions to cancer patients in the State of California by utilizing over 60 volunteer cancer specialists who review the chart, imaging and pathology and meet as a multidisciplinary panel in person with the patient and their family in an informal setting. I have been privileged to be medical director of thesecondopinion for the past 3 years and have seen first hand the impact the organization has in helping people make peace with their disease.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the number of patients that can be served which is limited by the number of volunteer physicians, geography and finances

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 4 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I joined the board after attending six memorial services in seven weeks for friends, family members and neighbors all of whom had died from some form of cancer. I wanted to work with an agency that directly touches patients lives across all types of cancer and provides significant, immediate benefits.

TSO does just that. The physicians are passionate about helping patients and their families understand and make informed decisions regarding their disease and various treatment options.

The organization has been slow to grow and expand, which was another key attraction to me as there is much potential and the services should be easily replicated across other geographic regions. My background lends itself to this type of challenge, thus I hope that we can spur some growth changes so that many more cancer patients will benefit from the TSO model.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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