The one thing I wish my oncologist did better was to explain things more than once. I think as a patient, you are overwhelmed that you have cancer and everything doesn't sink in right away. Sometimes I get caught up on one thing he says and I miss everything else. I always bring a friend with me to be a good listener when I can't but it would be helpful to just make sure I'm on the same page as him every visit.
The other thing I wish was better was that I was instructed to call with any side effects from my chemo, but when I call, the office just notes the sides effects but doesn't give a solution or even a time frame when the side effects will improve. I kind of feel why bother calling if nothing is going to change. I can see calling if the side effect was severe but all the little stuff that I can handle myself, I don't see the need to call.
I do appreciate my oncologist reviewing my blood work with me and explaining the goals of the values during chemo. He also explains why each test is important. I also like that I can e-mail with a question and he gets back to me in a day or two or someone from his office will.
Thank you for asking this question. I know there are a lot of people on this site that do not have good experiences with their oncologist so I'm sure you will get lots of good information.