Before starting any cancer treatment, you will meet with a medical oncologist who will review your past medical history and perform a physical examination. No two individuals are the same, and the medical oncologist will develop a treatment plan that is best for you. Sometimes, more information is necessary to develop the best treatment plan for you and the doctor may order more tests.
If the doctor recommends chemotherapy as part of your treatment, the medical oncologist will discuss the potential risks and benefits of this therapy. You will have the opportunity to ask questions during this visit, but if you forget a question during the first visit, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions on subsequent visits. If you agree to receive chemotherapy, the doctor will ask you to sign permission and will give you a proposed schedule to start your therapy. Depending on the type of chemotherapy that you will receive, the doctor may prescribe several medications that will help with some common side effects associated with the proposed treatment.
In addition, you may meet with other members of the oncology team, such as a radiation oncologist, the social worker, nutritionist, nurse navigator, among others. If you don’t meet these individuals on your first day, you may get to meet them on subsequent visits to the Agnesian Cancer Center.