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How to Find a Cancer Care Oncologist in Texas

Once you receive your cancer diagnosis, you have to face certain decisions you never thought you’d have to make. One of the most significant decisions you have to make is to choose the best oncologist as your cancer care doctor.  Different oncologists specialize in different types of cancer and treatment methods.  Your preferred oncologist will be with you during your treatment process and will also determine the course of your treatment.

Besides your oncologist supporting you during your treatment, they will start by explaining your cancer diagnosis and stage, your treatment options and help you manage cancer-related pain and side effects and how to cope with them. Usually, a patient receives a referral to an oncologist after a cancer diagnosis. But you can compare with other oncologists to find one you’re comfortable with.

Your primary care physician, local hospital in your area or your health insurance company can refer you to an oncologist who can treat your type of cancer. You can schedule consultations with the oncologist to get second opinions before choosing the right oncologist who will offer the care you are looking for.

Here’s how to find the right oncologist;

  • One who will focus on your type of cancer – An oncologist who specializes in treating your particular type of cancer will have an advantage when developing a treatment plan.
  • One who’ll accept your medical insurance – Cancer treatment is a long and costly process. To find an oncologist that will accept your health insurance will make your much-needed treatment more manageable.
  • An experienced and certified oncologist – Do your research and ask questions regarding the oncologist’s experience to establish whether they are board-certified or have advanced education and training in their field. You should also know how long they’ve been in practice and how many patients they’ve worked with who had your type of cancer.
  • Find a practice where you feel comfortable – During treatment, you’ll be spending a lot of time at your cancer care center, and it will help if you find a place where you feel comfortable to make the whole treatment process easier for you.

A patient diagnosed with cancer has special communication needs that may keep changing throughout the course of their cancer care. It is therefore important that you get an oncologist who will be sensitive to your needs and be able to respond to those changing needs. As you progress through your treatment, an open channel of communication is essential throughout all the phases along with supportive care.

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