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Choices that are right for you

Cancer treatment is a journey, and even if you're faced with difficult decisions along the way, it's important to know that you're in good hands. Our expert, responsive doctors and care teams can help you understand your options and choose what's right for you. Learn how we care for the whole you — and support your family.

Choosing an oncologist

Smiling doctorDuring diagnosis, you'll be referred to one of our highly qualified cancer specialists, who will personalize a treatment plan for the type of cancer you have and give you information about Kaiser Permanente clinical trials for which you might be eligible.

You can choose or change your oncologist. Visit their home pages, and ask other patients for recommendations.

Second opinions

You can get a second opinion about your condition or treatment plan from any Kaiser Permanente doctor in your area. It's not uncommon for doctors to get this request, and your doctor can help you set it up.

Your care team

You'll also have a team of specialists, pharmacists, nurses, nutritionists, class instructors, and others to care for and support the whole you, body and mind. A nurse, social worker, or counselor can help guide you to additional resources and support, such as:

kp.org

With kp.org, you're connected to your doctor, your care team, your medical records, and many convenient online services, all from the comfort of your home.

How we talk with you

Man with care teamHave you ever heard the same thing a few times before you really got it?

Though your doctor will help you understand your options, she may not always tell you what you need to know in the way you need to hear it. It's important to tell your doctor and care team what you need.

  • If you don't understand something, ask your doctor to explain it again. You can also call or email your doctor between visits. 
  • Let your doctor know how much information you want and can handle at one time.
  • Answer your doctor's questions honestly, and be prepared to update her on your progress.
  • Be as specific as you can, and report any unusual symptoms. Let your doctor know if you're having any problems between visits.

Getting the most out of appointments

Woman helping a coupleThe more prepared you are at your appointments, the better we can customize your care and help you feel your best.

Learn all you can about your type of cancer and treatment options.

Talk to your doctor about complementary care you may be considering.

Bring a friend or family member to take notes, help you ask questions, and remember answers.

Bring a list of questions with you, or use our checklists. Don't know what to ask? Get help with your list of questionsKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites, or mobile apps..

Reviewed by: Michael Russin, MD, February 2016
Additional Kaiser Permanente reviewers

© 2016 Kaiser Permanente

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