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When You’re Seeking Certainty, Seek Out a Second Opinion

The more we know, the smarter — and more effectively — we can treat your type of cancer. When you’re faced with cancer, a second opinion can help you confirm your diagnosis and explore additional cancer treatment options, so you feel more confident in your care.

Understanding HPV and the Link to Cancer

HPV is a group of more than 200 related viruses, some of which are spread through vaginal, anal, oral sex and other intimate forms of skin-to-skin contact.
HPV types fall into two groups, low risk and high risk. Low-risk HPVs mostly cause no disease. However, a few low-risk HPV types can cause warts on or around the genitals, anus, mouth, or throat. These are the infections that your immune system usually controls so they don’t cause cancer. 
High-risk HPV infections that persist can cause cancer. Sometimes HPV infections are not successfully controlled by your immune system. When a high-risk HPV infection persists for many years, it can lead to cell changes that, if untreated, may get worse over time and become cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, about 44,000 new cases of cancer are found in parts of the body where HPV is often found. HPV causes about 34,800 of these cancers. Cancer often takes years, even decades, to develop after a person gets HPV. The CDC recommends HPV vaccination to protect against these cancers.

The HPV vaccine series is recommended for girls and boys at the age of 11 or 12; the series can be started at age nine. For young people who didn’t get vaccinated on time, HPV vaccination is recommended up to age 26.

Yes, the vaccine can be given to adults between the ages of 27 and 45 who didn’t receive all vaccine doses earlier. Adults in this age group benefit less from the vaccine because they are more likely to have been exposed to HPV already. But if you are concerned that you are at risk for new HPV infections, you should talk with your health care provider about whether the vaccine may be right for you.

  • Cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in women
  • Penile cancer in men
  • Anal cancer in both men and women
  • Oropharynx, or back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils cancer in both men and women
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Choose Certainty

You didn’t choose this challenge. But you can choose the best cancer care for you and your family. When you’re ready to give it all you’ve got, a second opinion can help you begin your treatment journey more informed and more empowered. Our second-opinion experts can serve as a fresh pair of eyes, helping bring clarity and certainty to you and your family. Re-evaluating your tests and consulting with different oncology specialists can help you feel more confident and in control of your care, either by confirming your diagnosis, shedding new light, or opening the door to new treatment options.

We also encourage you to consult with experts in other disciplines, such as hematology, radiation, and surgical oncology, and explore clinical trial options, which give eligible patients access to some of the latest treatments and medications.

The more you know about your diagnosis and care options, the better you’ll feel about choosing the right path to wellness.

Top-Ranked, Whole-Person Care

As one of the top-ranked cancer programs in the nation, we’re recognized for delivering whole-person cancer treatment that’s focused on nurturing your body, mind, and spirit. We’re honored to deliver comprehensive, whole-person care by some of the country’s leading oncology specialists. Beyond helping you fight cancer with many of the latest innovations and advances, we also support you with personalized patient navigation to take some of the logistical burdens off of you and your family, so you can focus on healing.

How To Prepare for a Second Opinion

You’re ready for concrete answers, so you can receive the most effective treatment possible. The more information you can give your second-opinion physician, the better we can develop the best recommendations for your care.

Before your second-opinion visit, we recommend that you:

  • Speak with the doctor who initially diagnosed you for a referral recommendation, or call to help set an appointment with our specialists.
  • Request that medical records from your initial doctor be forwarded (if you are seeing another oncology specialist within the AdventHealth, formerly Florida Hospital, network, your records and tests will likely be accessible to them through our electronic medical record system).
  • Prepare questions about treatment options.
  • Request pertinent imaging and test results.
  • Come prepared to undergo a comprehensive evaluation from your second doctor.
  • Be open to repeating or undergoing additional diagnostic testing.
A nurse navigator helps to coordinate the care of a patient that has received a second opinion on their cancer diagnosis

Personalized Patient Navigation

You’ll always feel empowered and prepared. Day after day, our compassionate and knowledgeable Nurse Navigators will coordinate your appointments, talk you through every treatment option, and more. We’ll make sure you’re always supported.

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New Day, New Treatment Options

Cancer care is evolving every day. With new discoveries being made at a record pace, we’re working hard to bring you new treatment options through research and technology. As one of the most active clinical trial sites in Florida, we are proudly affiliated with the National Cancer Institute, Duke Oncology Network, and various pharmaceutical companies.

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