NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults - page 24

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Version 2013
Part 2: Dealing with the diagnosis
Questions to ask
your doctor about:
Your doctor
Choosing your doctor
Sometimes the doctor who diagnoses the cancer is not the right person to treat
it. As we’ve seen, cancer is a different disease in AYAs than it is in people older
than 40. If your doctor has limited experience in treating people your age or
with the particular cancer you have, it might be best to seek out someone who
has more experience. Look for someone who:
Has expertise in treating the particular cancer you have (for example,
a doctor who has published papers or participated in clinical trials related
to that cancer),
Is associated with a hospital that has an AYA oncology program, or
Has extensive experience in treating AYAs with cancer.
How many patients have
you treated with this kind
of cancer?
How many of them were
my age?
Does your hospital have
a program for AYAs with
cancer?
If not, can you help me
access resources designed
for patients
my age?
Have you participated
in research on this kind
of cancer? On cancer
in AYAs?
Are you involved in
any clinical trials on the
treatment of this kind
of cancer?
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