Second Opinion for Brain TumorsNo matter how confident you (and your doctor) are in your initial diagnosis, get a second (or third) pair of expert eyes on your scans. In our case, that involved going to a second hospital (Cedars, where we ultimately ended up) and also emailing materials to a trusted family friend at UCSF.
Going to the experts at Cedars was a huge eye-opener. When I related the dreaded initial prognosis of six months to a year to Dr. Black, he looked taken aback, and said, "Oh, I would take that with a huge grain of salt," indicating that there was hope. And when you're in the early stages of getting your diagnoses, hope is a great thing.