What to Know About Doctors and Appointments

Where can I learn what my insurance covers?
Contact your insurance provider and review your policy to understand what is covered. Consider seeking...
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What surgery is needed? Is surgery an option at this point?
The type of surgery needed will depend on the specific type and stage of cancer. Consult a doctor for...
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What questions should I ask my doctor?
What is the stage of my cancer? What are my treatment options? What are the potential side effects of...
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What is radiation?
Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells...
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What is chemo?
Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to kill cancer cells.
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What does Stage 1, 2, 3, and 4 mean for me?
The stages of cancer describe the extent of the cancer and how it has spread. Stage 4 is the most advanced...
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If I am Stage 4, what legal paperwork should I have in order?
Consider having an advanced directive, a will, and a durable power of attorney for healthcare. Consult...
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I don’t have good insurance. How will I pay for procedures?
Consider seeking financial assistance from patient advocacy organizations, negotiating with healthcare...
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How do I know if I have the best doctors for me?
Research and compare doctors' credentials, experience, and patient reviews. Get a second opinion if desired.
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How do I keep my doctor appointments organized? How do I use the system provided by the hospital to track my appointments.
Use a planner or calendar to keep track of appointments and make sure to arrive on time. Ask the hospital...
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How can I find other people who have been in my position?
Join a support group, attend a patient conference, or search online for resources.
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Do chemo and surgery have to go together? How successful are they?
Chemo and surgery can be used together, but the specific combination will depend on the individual case.
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Do chemo and radiation have to go together? How successful are they?
Chemo and radiation can be used together, but the specific combination will depend on the individual...
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