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Hi Lisa,

I live in California and called Mayo for a second opinion ( I start treatment next week here locally ) lung cancer adenocarcinoma stage 2B/3A (Doc wants to classify 3A due to lymph nodes) T1N2MO 9 weeks chemo/Immunotherapy then surgery, then more Immunotherapy-12-13 months treatment plan
I was told on the phone I have to come in person and that all new patients must come in person for an appointment. Are you saying this is not true? I would love to get a second opinion virtual appt-

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Hi @aprilradek, I removed your patient ID number from your message. Personal identifying information shouldn't be shared on a public forum like this one. 🙂

There are circumstances where virtual appointments are possible at Mayo Clinic. When the Federal health emergency was lifted May 11th, 2023, access to virtual appointments changed across the nation. Not all appointments are permitted virtually.

Mayo Clinic welcomes both new and existing patients for virtual and in-person care in adherence with federal and state executive orders and guidance. Virtual care is available for out-of-state patients IF the provider you are seeing is licensed in the state where you live.

You're right April, that new patients are typically seen in person for the first appointment.

Hi April (@aprilradek), I hope your treatment goes well. It can be so hard (or impossible) to travel when we feel terrible and need the second opinion the most. Possibly there is a National Cancer Institute facility closer to you (https://www.cancer.gov/research/infrastructure/cancer-centers/find). Of course, Mayo Clinic is world renowned, but there are also many other very capable comprehensive cancer centers in the US.