Second Opinion


If you have a diagnosis of cancer, whether or not you have started treatment, we can help you feel confident that you are getting the very best treatment options available to you

This will either include new choices, or it may confirm that you are already receiving the best treatment available ­– either way it can help you make an informed decision about what’s best for you.

At LOC, one of our specialist cancer consultants will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your current and past medical history, and your type and stage of cancer. All of our oncologists work as part of specialist multidisciplinary teams at HCA Healthcare UK.

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Make an appointment on 0203 130 6875

Why do I need a second opinion?

Asking for another opinion is very common within both NHS and private healthcare. You should not feel concerned about causing offence. A good consultant will always support your decision and should encourage you to feel completely comfortable before making any decisions on treatment.

They can then make clear treatment recommendations.

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At LOC, we can offer a second opinion if:

  • You have doubts about your diagnosis
  • You are unhappy with the treatment recommended to you
  • You do not fully understand all the information you have been given
  • You are not comfortable talking to your specialist about your diagnosis or treatment
  • You have been offered several different treatment options and need help to decide on the best course of action
  • You have been diagnosed with a rare or unusual type of cancer
  • You are interested in clinical trials.

A second opinion can offer many benefits, such as:

  • You and your loved ones can have peace of mind that you are on the right treatment
  • You may be offered access to the most advanced treatment options
  • You can take control of your diagnosis and treatment
  • You can choose a doctor you really like.

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Why HCA UK?

We want to be able to help you make informed decisions about your cancer diagnosis and treatment.  We provide second opinions on cancer surgery procedures, anti-systemic cancer therapy (Chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy or immunotherapy)  and radiotherapy options. We aim to give you access to the most experienced consultants who are best suited to your diagnosis and provide the most advanced and innovative treatment options available to you.

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  • You will be assigned dedicated patient liaison officer team who will be your first point of contact and there to guide through every step of the process, at your own pace
  • 45minute one-to-one appointment with a carefully selected specialist in your type of cancer
  • Guaranteed appointment within 2 working days
  • A comprehensive medical report which will be provided to you within 3 days of your appointment.

Opportunity to be assessed for enrolment for suitable clinical trials, as part of HCA’s state of the art drug development unit Sarah Cannon Research Institute UK

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How to pay for your Second Opinion

For patients with Private Medical Insurance
If you have private medical insurance, please check with your insurance provider to confirm if your policy covers Second Opinion appointments.

For self-paying patients

Our self-paying fee for a Second Opinion appointment with a Consultant Medical Oncologist or Consultant Clinical Oncologist is £350.

Our self-paying fee for a Second Opinion appointment with a Consultant Cancer Surgeon is £275.

Our dedicated patient liaison team are always on hand if you have any questions or need further information. Contact us on 0203 130 6875 or email CancerSecondOpinion@hcahealthcare.co.uk

What information do I need to provide?

Once you have provided the medical information outlined below, we guarantee you an appointment with one of our leading cancer experts within 2 working days. Our patient liaison team work very closely with all of our consultants and will ensure that you are referred to the most appropriate consultant for your particular type of cancer.

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If already know which consultant you would prefer to see, please let our team know. If you have a preferred consultant, we will try our very best to secure an appointment within 2 working days, however this will depend on their clinic schedule.

In order for you to obtain the most out of your appointment and before we can make an appropriate referral, we require the following information:

  • Histology report – confirming the type of cancer (from a biopsy)
  • Any recent scan reports
  • Medical report – a letter from the current oncologist (or GP) detailing the diagnosis and recommended treatment plan / treatment to date
  • Images of any diagnostic studies (if available)

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If you would like to make an appointment

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, contact our dedicated patient liaison team to make an appointment or request a second opinion online. No direct referral from a doctor is necessary.

If you have all, or most, of the required information listed above, and are ready to share these with us to secure an appointment please follow the link below.

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If you do not currently have this medical information or would like to speak to a member of our patient liaison team before sharing your documents with us:

Give us a call on 0203 130 6875 or email CancerSecondOpinion@hcahealthcare.co.uk with the following information: