Reasons to consider different treatments:
- Concerns about possible side effects of the current treatment.
- New treatments or resources that were not options in the past.
- New information about successful treatments for your type of cancer.
- The first type of treatment was not as effective as your provider had expected.
- Changes in your insurance or health care benefit coverage.
Ask questions if you do not understand something or need more information. Medical journals and scientific articles provide information about treatment options. These can be found in medical libraries as well as online.
New information about treatment options can also come from loved ones, friends and health care team members. Nonprofit cancer organizations provide current information about treatment options as well.
The Navigate Cancer Foundation offers consultation services from experienced oncology nurses. They will work with you to answer questions. They can also provide information about your type of cancer and treatments available.
Get a New Treatment Plan Summary
If there is a change in treatment, ask your provider to give you a new treatment plan summary. Make certain that it includes updated information about:
- Types of cancer treatments used.
- Schedule of treatments (how often and how long).
- Symptoms, side effects and aftereffects.
- Pain management methods.