Changes to Your Treatment Plan

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There may be reasons to consider changes to your cancer treatment plan. You could learn about a new type of treatment. You cancer could go into remission. You might receive new test results. Be prepared to hear about your options for changes.

Resources

MyOncofertility.org

The Oncofertility Consortium is a group of researchers and medical professionals dedicated to exploring and expanding options for the reproductive future of cancer survivors. The online patient

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

The oncology reimbursement landscape continues to present challenges for all those that work with patients with cancer. Help is available through the NCCN Virtual Reimbursement Resource Room.

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition

CFAC is a coalition of organizations helping cancer patients manage their financial challenges.

Stupid Cancer!

Stupid Cancer is the largest charity that comprehensively addresses young adult cancer through advocacy, research, support, outreach, awareness, mobile health and social media. Our innovative, award

Cancer.Net

Cancer.Net brings the expertise and resources of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the voice of the world's cancer physicians, to people living with cancer and to those who care

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.

Stay Involved

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.

LIVESTRONG partners with the Navigate Cancer Foundation to offer consultation services from experienced 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.
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