We welcome the opportunity to provide a second opinion on your child's diagnosis or treatment plan. University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital is at the forefront of medicine, and can offer solutions not widely available at other hospitals. Our specialists are dedicated to helping you understand your options so you can select the best care plan for your child's needs.
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Second Opinions by Condition
The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital welcomes the opportunity to provide a second opinion on the diagnosis or treatment plan of your child’s cancer or blood disease. Our pediatric hematologists, oncologists and bone marrow (stem cell) transplant specialists are at the forefront of cancer care for children and can provide expertise to help guide your decision about treatment for your child. We are experienced in all types of childhood cancer and blood diseases and are national leaders in clinical care and research. UChicago Medicine also offers access to the latest therapies and clinical trials often not yet widely available.
We experts in:
- Brain tumors
- Stem cell transplantation for malignant, genetic and non-malignant diseases
- Non-malignant blood diseases including hemoglobinopathies, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, congenital neutropenias, aplastic anemia and bone marrow failure syndromes
We are dedicated to giving you a second opinion on a timely basis. Most opinions can be accommodated within two days of contacting the program, but can be expedited depending on urgency.
We will help you understand your options so you can choose the best treatment plan for your child.
To make an appointment for a second opinion for cancer care, call 1-888-824-0200 or schedule an online second opinion.
You may also contact our patient navigator Kelly Kramer at 773-702-6808.
We believe that all children with refractory epilepsy deserve a second opinion at an epilepsy center. If you bring your child to the Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Comer Children's, we will work with your referring neurologist and/or your child’s pediatrician to review diagnosis and treatment, and we will offer tests and treatments that may not be available at your community hospital.
Some of the questions we will address are:
- Have your child's medications been given adequate time to work?
- Have the appropriate medications for your child’s seizure disorder been tried?
- Have other treatment options been explained or explored when or in case medications fail?
In addition to providing anticonvulsant (anti-seizure) medication for your child, we will conduct a reassessment, looking for genetic causes of epilepsy and subtle brain abnormalities (cortical malformations) that can cause seizures. If we find that your child has these abnormalities or genetic predispositions, there may be more effective treatment options available.
We will also review your child's test results. We may recommend recording your child’s actual seizures to better understand his or her epilepsy. Once we’ve completed diagnostic testing (EEGs, neuroimaging and, possibly, genetic testing), we will provide treatment options based on the results.
Maximize your child's treatment options.
Because we are a Level 4 Epilepsy Center for children, the treatment options we offer are often more extensive than options available at other hospitals. Some of the treatment options available at the Pediatric Epilepsy Center are:
- Targeted, minimally invasive surgical techniques performed with sophisticated technology
- Responsive neurostimulation (RNS)
- Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)
- Ketogenic diets
To provide additional options to our patients, we often participate in pediatric epilepsy clinical trials, testing new drugs that are not yet generally available elsewhere.