Getting the news that you have cancer is never easy. Cancer, no matter the diagnosis and prognosis, can prevent you from doing your normal daily tasks. It can also be painful. Thankfully, there are numerous cancer treatments available to help you fight this disease. Going to the cancer center for the first time can be scary and stressful. It can be helpful to prepare for your initial visit so you will know what to expect. Here are some things you need to know:
Get to Know the Oncologist
One of the first things you will do is get to know your oncologist. An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in cancer. They can determine which part of your body the cancer is impacting and if the cancer is going to different areas of your body. The doctor will work with you and the medical staff to make sure you have access to the best resources and treatment options for your type of cancer.
As you get to know your oncologist, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. You can make goals, talk about your fears, discuss your needs, and get any information you will need to help you feel at ease. It is not uncommon for patients and oncologists to form a strong bond, even talking about each other's families, work, and hobbies.
Initial Medical Exam
When you come in for your first visit to a cancer center, you will undergo an examination in which the doctor will ask you a series of questions and go over your medical history. The doctor will evaluate any tests and scans you have already had. At that time, the doctor will prescribe a treatment plan best suited for your condition.
Discuss Future Visits
When you begin treatment at a cancer center, you will likely have to return frequently for ongoing tests and treatment. Some cancer cases require the patient to return to the center on a weekly basis. Others may have to go for treatment less frequently. Depending on the type of cancer you have, and the treatment recommended by your doctor, you will discuss a schedule, talk about the side effects you may experience as you move forward, and talk about the outcome of the treatment you choose.
Cancer can be a life-altering disease, and you will likely have many questions as you move through the treatment process. The goal of everyone at a cancer center is to make sure you are comfortable, and that you are always aware of what is going on with your health.
For more information, contact a cancer center.
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