Online Second Opinions

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neuro-Oncology team offers online second opinions for families looking for additional feedback on their child’s diagnosis, treatment plan and clinical trial options. 

As a global destination for pediatric neuro-oncology care, we’re proud to offer the same level of expertise and evaluation to patients around the United States. Our multi-disciplinary team of oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, and more work together to provide a comprehensive, individualized report for each child. 

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What is an online second opinion?

An online second opinion provides a person with a medical opinion from a physician without having to be seen in person. Based on a review of medical records and test results, a physician submits a recommended treatment plan directly to the patient and their established physician.

The written guidance can be used as part of the current care plan and can also answer specific questions or offer advice on other treatment options, which could differ from the patient’s current plan.

An online second opinion is different from a telehealth appointment. Telehealth appointments typically use video conferencing tools. With an online second opinion, the provider reviews the medical records and answers questions through a written report rather than video conferencing.

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Why should I consider an online second opinion for my child?

Online second opinions allow parents to receive expert medical advice without the commitment and investment of traveling to another state or across the country for in-person care. An online second opinion can help parents make informed and confident decisions about their child’s care, while also learning about new treatment options or clinical trials. In some situations, it may result in a change in the original diagnosis. 

Online second opinions can provide peace of mind when receiving confirmation of the current care plan, or offer other options to consider. 

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When should an online second opinion be considered?
  • When a more specific answer (diagnosis) is needed
  • For children with complex, life-threatening condition
  • To allow exploration of other (alternative) treatment options like clinical trials and advanced surgical options
  • When the established care team has no other treatment options available
  • When a child’s condition is getting worse or is not improving

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Why should I request an online second opinion from Nationwide Children’s?
  • Specialized care - Experts who understand the specific diagnosis or treatment plan.
  • A team of doctors from different specialties (multidisciplinary care) - A team of health care specialists who can discuss the best plan for your child together. 
  • Clinical Trial Availability: Nationwide Children’s is part of every major pediatric neuro-oncology consortium in the county and has over 30 neuro-oncology clinical trials open now for enrollment.
  • Nationally Ranked Experts: Our cancer team is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top hospitals in the country

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What should I expect after my request is submitted?

Once you request an online second opinion through the form below, a member of the Nationwide Children’s Neuro-Oncology team will review your information and reach out to learn about your child’s specific situation and determine the best next steps, including discussing any potential fees associated with the request.

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