7 Tips to Help You Find the Right Oncologist


After being diagnosed with cancer, the first thing to do is find a good oncologist. Cancer treatment is tough, so it’s important to find an oncologist who supports and cares for their patients in a way you would want to be supported and cared for. We’ve put together a list of tips for finding the right oncologist with information from cancerdocs.org.

Search for local oncologists. 
The first step in finding the right oncologist is to start with the ones closest to you. If you’re ill, you don’t want to have to travel too far for treatment if you can help it. Write down a list of local oncologists that you can then whittle down.

Get recommendations.
It’s highly likely that you will know someone (maybe several people) who have recently been treated for cancer. Ask them about their oncologist: did they like their doctor? how would they rate them? would they recommend them?

Research credentials.
Research the credentials of the oncologists on your list to ensure they are fully qualified to deal with your type of cancer. In addition, you may want to know if they have any outstanding malpractice lawsuits against them or if they have a history of disciplinary action.

MORE: Four topics to discuss with your doctor after your cancer diagnosis.

Check their experience.
Do they have a successful history of dealing with your type of cancer? How many patients have they worked with who have the same complications as you? Do they have experience performing specific procedures that may be relevant to your treatment?

Check your insurance.
Ensure your health insurance covers all of the treatment the oncologist is proposing. Choose an oncologist who is willing to work with insurance companies to ensure you get the best treatment.

MORE: Discover 11 signs and symptoms of lymphoma. 

Review hospital quality and healthcare team.
You may like the oncologist but hate the hospital they work in. Likewise, you want the oncologist’s team to have the same level of commitment and care to your treatment. Does the hospital allow access to clinical trials? Is it a progressive hospital that embraces new technology and treatments?

Do they make you feel at ease?
You should be able to talk with your oncologist about any subject regarding your treatment without feeling silly or embarrassed. A good oncologist will take the time to explain anything you don’t understand and will listen to all of your concerns and answer any questions and respect your decisions regarding your treatment.

MORE: Our resident columnist Radiant Racheli talks about her own personal tips for choosing an oncologist and how important the personal interaction between patient and doctor is for cancer patients. 

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One comment

  1. don scholter says:

    – Preferably go to a tertiary care center for your type of cancer, or confirm that the Oncologist worked at one.
    – Verify the Oncologist is involved in cutting edge research and/or has his own research lab.
    – Find out if he/she is running clinical trials.

    These are first and foremost to find the best Oncologist. Your list is just boilerplate recommendations that will steer you to mediocre or even poor practitioners (of which there are many).

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