About Us

CancerOpinions.com is the leader in cancer second opinions. We are a network of elite cancer specialists hand-picked from across the United States to deliver expert cancer guidance to cancer patients who otherwise would not have access to this level of expert care. CancerOpinions is your access to highly specialized cancer physicians who are each recognized leaders in a specific cancer type and have the highest level of experience and knowledge of your cancer and your best treatment options.

These physicians have trained at the most prestigious cancer centers, have active clinical practices, are involved with the latest cancer research and are active in committees designing guidelines for cancer treatments.

CancerOpinions makes every effort to replace your confusion, anxiety, and concern into understanding and recommendations that will empower you and your local oncologist with the highest level of cancer care guidance.

With CancerOpinions on your team, you will have peace of mind that your treatment is the best option for your fight against cancer.

Nordquist Simmonds Medical Network

Dr. Luke Nordquist, a cancer physician practicing in Omaha, NE, believes that cancer patients deserve a thorough and clear understanding of their cancer and knowledge of the most advanced treatment options available. His experiences gave him an idea:

To provide cancer patients from anywhere in the world Internet access to a select team of nationally recognized and highly specialized U.S. cancer physicians who could provide comprehensive second opinion consults in an easy-to-understand format.

Dr. Nordquist approached businessman Mike Simmonds about the concept. A cancer patient himself since 2002, Mike realized the importance of getting more than one medical opinion. And he knew too well that when it comes to cancer there are many different treatment options, with different side effects and outcomes. Mike also had experienced the time demands and expense of travel, along with difficulties in finding a true specialist in his type of cancer.

These two individuals came together to form the Nordquist Simmonds Medical Network. Since then, they have researched, developed and established CancerOpinions.com, the first of its kind Web-based system for cancer patients and their physicians. This powerful online access to the experts provides patients with oncologists’ recommendations for treatment and care management in a timely manner . Never before has this kind of access to leading cancer physicians been available. Now all cancer patients can receive this cost-efficient option, not just those who have the ability and finances to travel beyond where they live.

Mission & Vision

It is the mission of CancerOpinions to provide every cancer patient, regardless of location or ability to travel, the opportunity to receive a prompt second opinion from some of the most sought after cancer experts in the country. Every patient needs to truly understand their cancer and be made aware of all of their treatment options including the most advanced research available. It is our goal to become an enduring partner for each cancer patient along the course of their disease.

Founders

Luke Nordquist M.D.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Luke Nordquist was raised in a household of six boys in South Dakota. In his youth, he crossed paths with an influential surgeon who served as the White House physician and personal physician to the late President Harry Truman. This acquaintance became a strong inspiration and source of guidance to a young man to pursue his career in medicine.

Dr. Nordquist received his Pharmacy and Medical Degrees from Creighton University. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of South Florida/H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and his Medical Oncology Fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

He has practiced as a Medical Oncologist in Omaha, NE as a partner with the Nebraska Cancer Specialists, PC. Dr. Nordquist has an expertise in Urologic cancers and is active in research and serves on several local and national committees for these types of cancer.

He takes the fight against cancer personally. Dr. Nordquist lost his father to cancer and also has seen through his patients and their families the suffering the disease causes. He strives to provide cancer patients with the education and tools so that they can understand and use them against their cancers, ultimately providing them with the best care possible.

Michael Simmonds
Co-Founder & Chairman

Mike Simmonds has been an accomplished business entrepreneur for more than 30 years. An equally commendable achievement is the personal fight he has waged with cancer.

Mike holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He began his career working for a Burger King franchisee in Alabama. Under his leadership and direction, the company grew to owning and operating more than 90 restaurants with three separate concepts. Over the past two decades, he was consistently recognized as one of the premier franchise owners in the Burger King Corporation during the past twenty years.

He is active in the local community serving as president of the Board of Directors at the Methodist Hospital Foundation and Bellevue University, both in Omaha, NE. He is a board member of The Salvation Army and other nonprofit organizations. Mike recently was inducted into the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame and the Omaha Restaurant Hall of Fame in recognition of his many years of successful business development and community support.