It's important that you and your oncologist function as a team. If you're not satisfied with your relationship with your doctor for any reason, you can look for a new doctor at any point during your treatment. For example, maybe your doctor is hard to understand or not as friendly as you'd like him or her to be. Or perhaps traveling to his or her office poses a hardship for you and you need someone closer to home.
If you're considering changing your doctor, take these steps:
- Talk with your insurance company, family and friends, other healthcare providers or support group members to get recommendations for a new doctor.
- Call the new office and find out whether your healthcare coverage is accepted. Ask if the doctor is seeing new patients.
- Schedule a consultation visit.
- Arrange to have your records sent to the new doctor.
- Check with the new doctor's office before your consultation visit to make sure your records have arrived.
- Talk with your current doctor about your decision.
Remember: You have the right to change doctors. When you let your current doctor know about your decision, you don't have to give reasons. It's enough to tell him or her that you're doing what's best for you.