15 to 20 mins.
That’s the average length your oncologist has to talk with you at your appointment.
No wonder they’re not able to tell you about ALL your treatment options. Nor ALL the diagnostics available.
Your oncologist’s day is full to the brim: they see, on average, over 50 patients per week! Plus meetings, rounds, and learning new standard protocols. They are exhausted.
Between 47% to 74% of oncologists report burnout. 67% report exhaustion.
Those numbers don’t exactly inspire confidence…
Oncologists do not have time – even if they wanted – for personalized cancer research. Nor learning about all the NEW protocols beyond standard care. Not their fault; it’s just how public healthcare works.
This means, unfortunately, that it’s your job to find out that information for yourself.
It’s not fair. But it’s the reality.
Why Advocacy Is Essential
It’s why cancer self-advocacy is SO important.
And it’s why YOU need to be asking your oncologist the right questions so they can help you as much as possible.
Watch this video to discover the most important questions you should ask your oncologist.
If your oncologist is a decent human being and good doctor – which most oncologists are! – they will be thankful for your questions.
And they’ll appreciate you helping them to help you more.
Most oncologists are aware of the limitations within the public healthcare system. It’s deeply frustrating for them to not be able to offer better care to their patients. Many even report suffering from depression because of this.
How to Help Your Doctor Help YOU
So the very best thing you can do, for yourself and for your oncologist, is to ask them the right questions!
So they can help you access better diagnostics and treatment options.
If you’d like to know more about how to advocate for yourself, you can apply for a Cancer Care Strategy Session with me. And it’s free!
We don’t charge for this call because we want everyone to be empowered with their cancer care.
Either way, watch the video above and leave your thoughts in the comments. You can also send me an email and let me know any questions or feedback you have.
I’d love to hear from you.on October 14, 2020
Tags: Advocacy, Advocate, Healthcare, Knowledge is Power, Oncologists, Precision Oncology