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Newly Diagnosed With Cancer

Take time choosing a cancer doctor - generally a specialist called an Oncologist.

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Although it may go without saying that you should choose the best doctor available to treat your cancer, many people make the choice by the seat of their pants, often on the belief that a choice has to be made right away. In fact, there is generally time to gather facts and make a reasoned decision. Your primary doctor can tell you whether a choice of cancer doctor is urgent or not.

It is preferable to find a doctor who is a board certified cancer specialist and who has a good deal of experience with your particular cancer and stage. For some types of cancers, another specialist may be just as good as a cancer specialist. For example, for certain female cancers, a gynecologist with experience with the particular type of cancer can provide the care you need.

Interview several doctors until you find the one that is best suited to your needs. This may be a doctor who is top in the field rather than one with a good bedside manner. For additional information on choosing a cancer specialist and for an interactive chart that helps you make the choice, please see "To Learn More."

NOTE: If you haven't already, this is a time to learn how to maximize your time with a doctor.

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