7 Tips to Help You Find the Right Oncologist

After being diagnosed with cancer, the first thing to do is find a good oncologist. Cancer treatment is tough, so it’s important to find an oncologist who supports and cares for their patients in a way you would want to be supported and cared for. We’ve put together a list of tips for finding the right oncologist with information from cancerdocs.org.

Search for local oncologists. 
The first step in finding the right oncologist is to start with the ones closest to you. If you’re ill, you don’t want to have to travel too far for treatment if you can help it. Write down a list of local oncologists that you can then whittle down.

Get recommendations.
It’s highly likely that you will know someone (maybe several people) who have recently been treated for cancer. Ask them about their oncologist: did they like their doctor? how would they rate them? would they recommend them?

Research credentials.
Research the credentials of the oncologists on your list to ensure they are fully qualified to deal with your type of cancer. In addition, you may want to know if they have any outstanding malpractice lawsuits against them or if they have a history of disciplinary action.

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Check their experience.
Do they have a successful history of dealing with your type of cancer? How many patients have they worked with who have the same complications as you? Do they have experience performing specific procedures that may be relevant to your treatment?

Check your insurance.
Ensure your health insurance covers all of the treatment the oncologist is proposing. Choose an oncologist who is willing to work with insurance companies to ensure you get the best treatment.

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Review hospital quality and healthcare team.
You may like the oncologist but hate the hospital they work in. Likewise, you want the oncologist’s team to have the same level of commitment and care to your treatment. Does the hospital allow access to clinical trials? Is it a progressive hospital that embraces new technology and treatments?

Do they make you feel at ease?
You should be able to talk with your oncologist about any subject regarding your treatment without feeling silly or embarrassed. A good oncologist will take the time to explain anything you don’t understand and will listen to all of your concerns and answer any questions and respect your decisions regarding your treatment.

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  1. Lawrence Glickman says:

    Here is the main thing to look for in a Prostate Cancer Doctor. What is the range of options he is offering? Is he up to date on all new treatments? Or is he “selling” the one specialty he is familiar with. The severity of your condition may create different opportunities for less invasive treatments if it is organ confined. Finally how is he “staging” your case? Does he use PCA3,advanced MRI plus Ultrasound? Collor doppler Ultrasound? Or is he just using 12 needle biopsy and PSA? Lastly don’t be fooled most treatments will have sexual consequences at a 50% probability thats why rushing into surgery or massive radiation should only be used when necessary. Ask for the actual statistics for these problems before agreeing to treatment. There are many new less invasive treatments. Do your research.

  2. Chris Timmins says:

    When I questioned using the 12 needles first I was told this is what he does first. I did ask about some of the lesser ways of finding out what I may have,and they did not like me questioning them.

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