• Where can I find real recommendations for doctors in my area? I am fairly new to area so don;t have people I know to ask.

    Asked by givemehope on Saturday, March 31, 2012

    Where can I find real recommendations for doctors in my area? I am fairly new to area so don;t have people I know to ask.

    A local online blog or something is one thing I was looking for but cant seem to find anything but the commercial sites.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      IMO, recommendations for a doctor are rather different than say a plumber or lawn care service. From a patient standpoint, most people tend to rate doctor's by their personality, availability, demeanor, etc. because these are things that most people can relate to. However, none of them have much to do with their medical skills. If you have a primary care physician, I would ask him/her for a referral to an oncologist. I think that would be a more "real" recommendation than any from a blog or even neighbors, friends, co-workers, etc.

      over 4 years ago
    • RuthAnne's Avatar

      My suggestion would be to find a cancer center that's affiliated with a research university. I understand that the University of Virginia has a cancer center, although I don't know how far away they are from you. the trip may be worth it. Short of the big cancer centers like Sloan-Kettering, I believe that these are your best bet. They are at the cutting edge of research and host their clinical trials and are aware of other trials for which you may be eligible. I go to Northwestern in Chicago and they have been absolutely incredible. I have four oncologists and they all communicate very well with one another and then with me. I am very well taken care of and my treatment has been very successful. - I do wish you luck in these most confusing and disorienting first steps in Cancer World. Know you're not alone.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Whoever diagnosed you to start with is where I would start. they will know all the oncologists in your area. I agree with Nancyjac, the doctors know who is tops in their bus. I wouldnt put too much emphasis in what one person or another says. I go with what my dr.'s recommend.

      over 4 years ago
    • mykidshavepaws' Avatar

      The Cancer Survivors Network is another online support and information site. It is also associated woth the American Cancer Society but has separate membership than What Next.

      over 4 years ago
    • mamajltc's Avatar

      Hi...if you do a search on the type of cancer you have, it may help (example, my husband has colon cancer: "colon cancer specialists in New England"). I would also call...right here..ACS...they are wonderful. If you do a search on a support group in your area, for your type of cancer, you will find others who are going through the same thing and will be able to help. Also, once you find a Dr. do a search and see the qualifications and what others may say.
      Best of Luck!!!!!!!

      over 4 years ago

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