After a patient receives a cancer diagnosis, the next step is to schedule an appointment with an oncologist, who is a doctor that specializes in providing treatment for various types of cancer. It can be difficult to find the right oncologist for their recommended course of treatment, whether it’s chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation therapy. To make the process easier, Southeast Radiation Oncology Center has put together this guide to help you find the best fit for your needs.
Where To Find An Oncologist
Typically, the doctor that provided the patient with the diagnosis will provide a referral to an oncologist. Whether or not this is the case, we recommend that patients schedule consultations with multiple oncologists to provide second or third opinions, allowing the patient to have the freedom to choose the treatment that will best meet their needs.
To find an oncologist, contact your primary care physician, health insurance provider, or a local hospital in your area. Let them know that you are looking for an oncologist that can treat your type of cancer, and they will most likely be able to provide a few referrals.
How To Find An Oncologist That Is The Right Fit
Once you have compiled a list of multiple oncologists, the next step is determining which one will provide you with the most effective treatment. Below are a few factors that you should take into consideration before and during your first appointment with them, which should help determine if they are a good match for you.
- Specialized in Treatment For Your Cancer - having a doctor that is focused specifically on the treatment of your specific type of cancer has
a better chance of providing more effective treatment.
- They Accept Your Medical Insurance - The process of cancer treatment is a long and costly one, so making sure that the practice accepts your
medical insurance and that it will apply to your treatment will help relieve that financial burden.
- Board Certified & Experienced - Whether you choose to research them online or ask them in person, familiarize yourself with the oncologist’s
experience. Having a doctor that is board certified with more advanced training and more time practicing may be able to provide more effective
- Comfort & Support - During your treatment you will be spending a good deal of time in a cancer treatment center or hospital for your therapy sessions. You will also be spending a lot of time with the medical staff that will be administering your treatment. That’s why it’s important to find a place where you feel comfortable, that also has a staff that makes you feel right at home by giving you the support you need.
Reach Out To Us With Your Questions!
If you have any questions or need assistance with finding an oncologist, just contact us at the Southeast Radiation Oncology Center and we’ll get you the information you need. We offer professional radiation cancer therapy to treat a wide range of cancer conditions, along a medical team that is there to support you through the entire treatment process.