The value of an MSO on a cancer diagnosis
According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second leading cause of death globally. It was responsible for approximately 9.6 million deaths in 2018. That means 1 in 6 deaths is a result of cancer. When...
10:01 11 November
5 steps to maintain your sense of well-being
Learning your diagnosis is a serious medical condition can be life-changing. Here are some steps you can take to maintain your sense of well-being.
Step 1 – Ask for the facts
Be sure to ask for the medical facts...
How to be a health champion
When a partner, family member or friend has been diagnosed with a serious medical illness, they may feel uncertain about what to do next. They may feel discouraged, anxious even, fearful. Naturally you want to help.
But how? Sometimes, the...
11:34 28 October
A medical second opinion from a team of experts tends to yield the most accurate insights
The rise of chronic illnesses like cancer and heart disease, along with an aging population, has led to a situation where doctors must manage patients suffering from multiple health problems....
09:05 21 October
Where to Begin and What to Expect
Here’s how WorldCare’s Medical Second Opinion service works, and all it takes is a phone call or email to begin.
When you’ve been diagnosed
with a serious medical condition, it’s only natural to want to make sure the
diagnosis is correct. But...
Tips for Living with a Serious Medical Condition
Put your mind at ease with the power of knowledge and understanding in order to live your best when on life's sick list.
Living with a serious medical condition means sweeping changes in your daily routine, your relationships,...
08:00 23 September
by Tina Karas
you need more experts to break a tie.
or someone you love, faces a serious or life-threatening medical condition, a medical
second opinion can guide crucial treatment decisions you and your doctor make. But
what happens when your first and second opinions clash?
What you need to...
16:03 17 September
Top five things to know about requesting an MSO
Checking up on a diagnosis or treatment plan via a medical second opinion is good medicine.
Taking a deep breath and telling your physician that you’ve decided to seek a medical second opinion is an important moment along...
New study concludes estrogen may form the basis of future treatments
Roughly 600,000 people across the United States and Canada suffer from Parkinson’s disease and researchers have long been aware of the increased risk that comes with age. Men and postmenopausal women have a higher risk...
Newly Discovered Protein Explains Treatment Resistance
Leukemia treatment often proves to be more complicated in comparison to treatment for other types of cancer. For leukemia patients, researchers at Northwestern Medicine believe multiple overactive protein complexes may be to blame. Thus, by moving away from the idea...
Molecular tool removes toxic protein
From successfully achieving the first remission of a pediatric cancer case in 1948, to creating the most revolutionary medical achievements WorldCare Consortium® medical second opinion (MSO) providers, Dana-Farber and Massachusetts General Hospital have successfully created a molecular tool that helps...
EFIRM can detect early forms of lung cancer
It is safe to say that many of us fear hearing the word ‘cancer.’ But, with the continued evolution of cancer research, we have begun to see many breakthroughs in cancer treatment and detection methods. One such example...
Concept shows great potential to help at-risk women
Researchers and doctors alike recognize the importance of preventing or reversing cancer before patients are in the position of having to treat more advanced cases. Michael Goldberg, Ph.D., of Dana-Farber has contributed to a collaborative group effort into...
A Groundbreaking Genetic Mutation Discovery
Groundbreaking research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) from a research team at WorldCare Consortium™ member Mayo Clinic discovered the genetic repeat mutation known as c9orf72 in 2011 could potentially hold insight on how to cure or possibly even prevent ALS in...
Fighting for the correct diagnosis
Ben Smith, a 25-year-old resident of New South Wales, Australia, was concerned about a hard lump on his left testicle in December of 2017, when his general practitioner told him that the swelling and pain was probably just hormonal and that...
08:00 20 June
Bacterially produced tryptamine shows promise
Researchers at WorldCare Consortium® member Mayo Clinic have discovered that genetically engineered bacteria show promise as a new treatment for constipation, after a study in mice was conducted at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and published in Cell Host...
The Need for Medical Second Opinion in Cancer Diagnosis
Louise Gleadell, a 38-year-old mother of three from Leicester, United Kingdom, was pregnant with her son Jude in late 2015 when she first presented with serious health concerns that were repeatedly dismissed by her doctors. She...
Dementia Diagnosis and Medical Second Opinions
In November 2016, Jacqueline Dibb and her husband Rob were told by consultants at Hull Royal Infirmary in the United Kingdom that Jacqueline had frontotemporal dementia, a neurodegenerative disease classified as the “worst” type of dementia that “makes you violent”...
Understanding the Complex Chronic Pain Disorder
Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain disorder that affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. and an estimated three to six percent of the world population. The disorder causes widespread pain and tenderness to touch that can occur body-wide...
A benign brain tumor begins as a growth that arises from normal cells, but the growth of these cells is not rapid enough to qualify the tumor as malignant. The most common kind of these tumors is known as a meningioma, a tumor that arises...
The Role of MSO in Ensuring Correct Diagnosis
A study published earlier this year from WorldCare Consortium® member Mayo Clinic found that more than 20 percent of patients who sought a second opinion had initially been misdiagnosed by their primary care providers.
The study found that...
Are MSO services subject to ERISA?
At WorldCare, we are sometimes asked if medical second opinion (MSO) services as part of an employee benefit plan are subject to ERISA. MSOs may or may not fall within ERISA's reach - this is complicated stuff and the rules...
09:54 05 July
Not All Medical Second Opinion Providers are the Same
Medical second opinions have the capacity to save lives. By utilizing the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team of medical specialists and sub-specialists, misdiagnosis can be prevented and the optimal treatment plan can be identified and implemented. However,...
09:55 17 April
The Physical and Mental Benefits of a Second Opinion
Receiving an unanticipated diagnosis can be overwhelming for patients and their families. These three benefits show the importance of always getting a second opinion.
1. Avoiding Misdiagnosis
Being misdiagnosed is not an uncommon occurrence. Many illnesses start with...
13:40 08 July
The Rise of Second Opinion Benefits in the Workplace
Let’s say an employee at your company is diagnosed with a serious illness or complex disease. Both the employer and employee want to ensure that the best possible care is being provided. But with medical errors now...