Navigating Your Path to Breast Care:
I Would Like a Second Opinion

The Breast Cancer Second Opinion Tumor Board is a second opinion service offered at the Breast Care Center for individuals with a cancer diagnosis. This service offers an integrated approach to incorporate a woman's values into the scientific decision-making process.

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Educational Materials

At the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, we hope to provide you with information and support that will enable you to experiment and to explore ways of feeling better that best match you and your needs.

Below, you will find links to some of the educational information that is applicable for individuals interested in a second opinion. In addition, further information can be gathered at our Cancer Resource Center or by talking with your doctor.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are formal, controlled protocols designed to test the effectiveness of new treatments, including novel drugs, types of intervention or combinations of therapy. If you are interested in obtaining more information on specific breast cancer clinical trials available at UCSF, please visit the clinical trial section on the UCSF Breast Care Center website. You also can visit the National Cancer Institute's CancerNet, where you will find access to PDQ, the NCI-sponsored database of clinical trials nationwide.

Note: The clinical protocols listed here are presented as an educational service to doctors and patients; they should not be interpreted as providing medical advice nor be used for the diagnosis or treatment of cancer or any other health problem. Enrollment is based on satisfying eligibility criteria; final determination for inclusion in a study is made solely at the discretion of the principal investigator.

Diagram for Second Opinion

Different services and information are needed at different points in the wide spectrum of breast health care and breast cancer treatment. We have created the following map to serve as an example of a general path of diagnoses and/or treatment in order to help you to better understand your own individual experience.

View Diagram for Second Opinion

While there are common pathways to screening, diagnosis and treatment within breast care and breast cancer, you must be aware that your individual path may differ from that presented on our web site. It is important to discuss the details of your individual story with your doctor.

Navigating Your Path to Breast Care:


Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or health care provider. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor any questions or concerns you may have.