If you have a loved one with cancer, or if you have been diagnosed yourself, you know how important it is to find the right place to receive care. The cancer specialists at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) offer second opinions on all types of cancer. One of LVHN’s cancer specialists talked about why it’s important to get a second opinion during a one-hour PBS special about cancer.
“We want you to feel confident in your diagnosis and treatment plan, no matter what your prognosis is,” says Gregory Harper, MD, PhD, physician director of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program.
“When researching other cancer centers it is important to know that quality outcomes and survival rates can be misrepresented when an institution accepts and treats only certain, select patients who are likely to get better based on medical factors and financial means,” Harper says.
Lehigh Valley Health Network treats all patients, regardless of how advanced their cancer is, or of their ability to pay. “We have nationally recognized experts who care for advanced complex cancer cases, and we have a robust clinical research program, which gives patients more treatment options,” Harper says.
Financial counselors at LVHN can help you find ways to pay for care or enroll you in the health network’s free or reduced-cost-of-care program if necessary. “We care for everyone, no matter what your insurance situation is,” Harper says.
Another thing to consider when choosing a cancer center is location. Cancer treatment can be challenging for many different reasons. “Getting care close to home helps ease some of that stress,” Harper says.