NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Version 1.2017
Dealing with the diagnosis
Many insurance companies will pay for
opinion. Check with your insurance
company about its rules on 2
want to know about out-of-pocket costs for
doctors that are not part of your insurance plan.
Make plans to have copies of all your records
sent to the doctor you will see for your
opinion. Do this well before your appointment!
If you run into trouble having records sent, pick
them up yourself and bring them with you.
If this doctor offers other advice, make an
appointment with your first doctor to talk about
the differences. If you’re not sure what to do, get
opinion. Do whatever you need to feel
confident about your diagnosis and treatment
• Cancer doctors who specialize in treating
cancer are called oncologists.
• A medical history and physical exam are two
of the most basic tools of diagnosis.
• If something abnormal is found by you or
your doctor, tests will be done to collect
blood, urine, or other fluids from your body.
• Imaging tests are used to take pictures
(images) of the inside of your body.
• A pathologist is a doctor who’s an expert in
testing cells to find disease.
• Staging tells the extent of cancer in your
• You can take that time right after diagnosis to
get a 2