People can be confused when confronted with a health event.
This may be related to a diagnosis of cancer (see urological cancers), recommendation to have a procedure, or a suggested plan of management for an ailment.
Usually, the medical advice given is appropriate and correct. However, there are often situations where there may be several options available for management, or a specific procedure has been suggested.
Patients can be reassured by having their case reviewed, and discussed with a second consultant.
Second opinions are recommended by governing bodies such as the Australian Medical Association (AMA), the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand, when a patient or their family are uncertain as to how they should proceed.