Step 4: Medical Team

Accurate Diagnoses and Timely Treatment Requires Professional Medical

WHY NEEDED: (108, 109)

  • Spotting a sign or symptom does not mean you have cancer. It does require an evaluation by a medical professional to diagnose the potential issues and if necessary recommended proper treatment.
  • A medical team, based on family history and your current health, can help you to develop a monitoring and testing plan for your long term wellness.

WHY NOW:

  • It is important to chart your existing medical baseline to have an accurate understanding of your current health status based on personal and family history. The medical team will maintain your baseline in their records. We have provided a baseline form for you to complete and use as a reference to monitor your body.

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  • It is easier to select a medical team when there is NO crisis. This gives you time to research for providers you trust, have confidence in, and with whom you have established a rapport.
  • When you are sick or need immediate medical attention, you want to be comfortable seeing someone you know and trust and, even more importantly, someone who knows YOU and your medical history.
  • It is easier to obtain a timely appointment or referral if you are a regular patient.
  • You need the ability to schedule regular doctor visits, routine testing and imaging that can help catch small problems before they become serious.

 

cancer medical team

Typical Medical Team

It is suggested that you select your primary doctor and discuss recommendations for other team members, a hospital, and testing centers. Here’s what a typical medical team might look like:

  • Primary doctor
  • Urologist/gynecologist
  • Dermatologist
  • Dentist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Supplementary Cancer Specialists suggested by your Primary Doctor

How To Find A Primary Doctor (110)

  • Check with your insurance carrier to see if you have to choose a primary caregiver from a specific network based on your policy.
  • Ask friends and family for recommendations.
  • Ask your local pharmacy, medical emergency center, or hospital.
  • Search online.- Check reviews
  • If moving, get a referral from current Physician.

Proceed to Step 5 in the Spotting Cancer Program:  

Family Cancer History

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