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How to Find a Treatment Center

A number of resources are available to help you find a treatment center. Your primary care doctor may be able to provide a referral or you can use doctor and insurance referral services.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) supports a national network of cancer centers. Each center must meet specific scientific, organizational and administrative criteria. See a list of NCI-approved cancer centers.

The following organizations can also help:


Questions to Help You Choose a Treatment Center

When you call or visit the treatment center you're considering, ask the following questions to help make your decision:

  • Is care at the treatment center covered by my insurance plan?
  • Does my primary care doctor or hematology-oncologist have confidence in this treatment center?
  • What type of accreditation does the treatment center have? Do the treatment center and staff have experience treating my specific type of blood cancer?
  • Does the center offer the most current treatments available?
  • Does the center participate in clinical trials (research studies) related to my diagnosis?
  • Are adequate support staff (nurses, social workers, case managers, patient advocates) available?
  • Will I see the same support staff members at each visit?
  • Is there a pharmacy on the premises or nearby?
  • If a stem cell transplant is part of the treatment plan, is this center experienced in performing the type of stem cell transplant I will need?
  • Can I speak to other cancer patients who are being treated or were treated at this center?

Click here to download lists of suggested questions to ask your healthcare providers.

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