Today we’re going to share our top three “Do’s” for getting better cancer care…based on our 14 years experience supporting patients like you and their loved ones to get the most effective treatment possible.
These simple philosophies are your keys to unlocking the care you need…
How to advocate for better cancer care
1. Ask questions
Ask your oncologist these key questions before you agree to any treatment plan.
These questions are designed to help you ensure that your treatment plan involves each life-saving aspect of Precision Cancer Medicine – aka that you are giving yourself the best chance at beating cancer asap.
Or to put it another way: that you’re getting the most accurate diagnosis, the most effective treatments, and most accurate treatment monitoring…based on the newest medical science and leading-edge cancer research.
So if you haven’t already, please go ahead and download or print out this handy list of 20 questions!
2. Know your rights
Here’s the catch: when you ask those questions, your oncologist may or may not give you the answers you need!
So you need to know: first off, you can always change oncologists to someone who is a better fit for you. It might seem scary or risky to do, but believe me – it’s far riskier to stick with an oncologist who is unwilling to listen to your needs or who is stuck on traditional cancer treatments.
We’ve had so many patients who’ve successfully changed oncologists and every one of them was so much better off for it. My team and I also regularly refer our clients to other forward-thinking oncologists in our network with great success. Anything is possible.
3. Be persistent
Where there is a will, there is usually a way.
For example, if you want comprehensive genetic testing but your oncologist refuses to recommend it for you, there are companies like ours who can assist you in getting it done.
Or if you heard of another treatment that might work, but your doctor refuses to look into it, you can book a Second Opinion with us and we can help you to determine if it’s the right treatment for you.
Just because an evidence-based, FDA-approved, life-saving treatment hasn’t yet been integrated into standard cancer care in Canada (or wherever you live) doesn’t mean you should not have access to it!
And if you decide to stick with your current oncologist – which is also completely fine! – persistence is often required in order to help them help you better. But as long as you can provide your doctor with the necessary data to show a treatment will benefit you, they will almost certainly be willing to prescribe it.
This is because…
Regardless of what your oncologist says is the best option for you, or what they can and can’t offer you, when you present your oncologist with the peer-reviewed data that shows a certain treatment will be better than what they’ve prescribed, your oncologist is obligated to help you access it.
And that’s exactly what me and my team are here to help you do!
Advocacy is key to getting the treatment you need
To sum up?
The most important thing for you to remember is:
You have options…you just need to advocate for them!
You have options for your cancer treatment, for which type of genetic testing you get, and for whom your treating oncologist will be.
This is your life, it is no small thing.
I want you to always know that you have a right to the best care available.
If you’d like to chat more about what your options are, book a Free 30-min Cancer Care Strategy Session with me. I’d be happy to talk with you and help you make the cancer care choices that feel best for you.
You can do this.on March 1, 2023