Choosing The Cancer Treatment Team

May 28, 2010 at 9:24 pm Leave a comment

The healthcare team you chose to treat your cancer, or that of a loved one, can be a very crucial decision.  It may make the difference between cure (or at least a comfortable long survival), and inadequate treatment that can shorten the expected survival.  If you have been diagnosed with cancer, finding a qualified doctor or getting a competent second opinion are essential decisions.

All physicians who treat cancer patients with medical treatment are doctors who have completed medical school, advanced internal medicine training, followed by a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology.  Some also have research experience.  Every hematologist/oncologist has had approximately six to eight years of advanced training after completion of medical school.  Along the way they have to obtain formal certification first by the Medical Board of Internal Medicine, and then later by the subspecialty boards of Hematology and Oncology.  Once they have completed and passed their Board Examinations, they are considered specialists in the hematology/oncology field.

The best way to find a doctor who specializes in cancer care is to ask for a referral from your primary care physician, who is in a sense an insider and knows the best specialists in your area. You may know a specialist yourself, or may find one through the experience of a family member, or friend. If you have difficulty locating a satisfactory hematologist/oncologist in your area, at Ronnie Lippin Cancer Information and Resource (RLCIRL) Line we can help you select one in Los Angeles or assist you with other cancer-related needs.

If you don’t have a specialist or primary care doctor to provide you with suitable care give RLCIRL a call. Our experienced social worker is standing by.

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