Frequently Asked Questions About Cancer Care
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer, we know you have many questions. Not only do you have concerns about the treatment process, but how will you cope with cancer treatment side effects? Getting to and from treatments? The financial burden?
At the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center, we believe every patient should have answers to important questions. That’s why we are here, to help you find answers, so you feel confident with your treatment plan.
Discover Answers to Your Cancer Questions
We hope you find the following questions and links to more information helpful as you learn more about cancer services at Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center:
- What social services are available to help me and my family deal with the emotional issues of cancer?
- Are there cancer care resources available to help me understand my cancer and treatment?
- How can I schedule transportation to and from cancer treatment?
- Is there affordable lodging near the Cancer Care Center?
- What is medical oncology?
- What is radiation oncology?
- How can complementary therapies help relieve cancer symptoms?
- Can good nutrition assist in tolerating the cancer treatment?
Talking with Your Cancer Doctor
In addition to the online information about the Cancer Care Center, we can help you find answers to any questions you may have. We encourage you to write down questions and give these to your treatment team during your appointments. The following questions are suggested by the American Cancer Society:
- Exactly what kind of cancer do I have?
- How do I get a copy of my pathology report?
- Where is the cancer located?
- Has the cancer spread beyond where it started?
- What’s the cancer’s stage? What does that mean?
- How does this affect my treatment options and my long-term outcome or prognosis?
- What are my chances of survival, based on my cancer as you see it?
- How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
- Will I need other tests before we can decide on treatment?
- What are my treatment choices?
- What treatment do you recommend and why?
- What’s the goal of my treatment?
- Should I think about genetic testing?
- Should I get a second opinion? How do I do that?
- Should I think about taking part in a clinical trial?
Informed Patients Improve Outcomes
If you have questions about any aspect of your cancer treatment plan or diagnosis at the Skagit Regional Health Cancer Care Center, don’t hesitate to call us at 360-814-2146.