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. MORE: Facts and stats you may want to know about prostate cancer 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.