Making decisions about cancer treatment can be both difficult and confusing. If you have been newly diagnosed, you are probably suddenly faced with a lot of new medical information to absorb. This can be overwhelming at first, especially if you are still struggling to understand your cancer.
To help you feel more confident in making treatment decisions, here are a few suggestions:
1. Learn as much as you can about your cancer
Learning about the type and stage of cancer you have will help you understand what types of treatment are available to you and how you want to proceed. Ask your doctor for any recommendations on where you can obtain the best information about your specific cancer.
2. Talk to your doctor
Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor any and all questions related to your cancer and your treatment options. By establishing good communication with your doctor, you will feel more comfortable discussing every aspect of your treatment in detail and voicing your worries and concerns in a safe environment with someone you trust. We have written some useful questions to ask your doctor to help you get started.
3. Get a second opinion
Making decisions about cancer treatment is a difficult process. Your doctor will understand that you may want to seek a second opinion about your treatment options and may even encourage you to do so.
4. Know all of your options
Once your doctor or treating team has discussed treatment options with you, try to find out more information about each option. Knowing ahead what to expect and how to deal with any possible changes in your body or lifestyle will greatly help in making you feel more confident before starting treatment. For each option find out:
- The benefits vs. risks of a particular treatment option
- Potential side effects and their expected severity
- Financial costs/insurance policies
5. Sort out your finances
When dealing with a serious disease such as cancer, it’s usually hard to focus on the financial aspect of treatment when the prime concern is to start the right treatment as soon as possible.
- If you have cancer coverage or any other international private insurance, find out if there are any particular treatment procedures your coverage will or will not cover.
- If you intend to pay in cash or credit, talk to the Accounting Department ahead of time to sort out a schedule for payments.
- If you need financial support, explore your available options. Here at KHCC we offer financial support programs that you may be eligible for. If you would like to discuss KHCC financial support in more detail, contact the KHCC Patient Affairs Office by calling (+962-6) 53 00 460 (ext.1101 or 1537) to help you further.
6. Seek support
Besides your physicians, you may feel that you need support from others to help you make decisions about your treatment and how to proceed.
- Counselors can help talk you through any emotional issues as you come to terms with your cancer.
- Social workers can assist you in figuring out logistics such as transport and accommodation.
- At KHCC we offer extensive support services to help you figure out the best way to manage your treatment.