Which type/s of oncologist/s do you need? Now, you may be a Mensa member but this area is a matter of information, not IQ. Further, if you’re a take-charge CEO with a bundle of money, take care not to drown in it.
- A trained surgical oncologist? Exceedingly rare. Its not the same as “cancer surgeon”, you know.
- A gynecologic oncologist? Yes, they do exist as a superspecialty to treat malignancies of the female reproductive tract.
- A marrow transplant specialist? Oh my. Count them on the fingers of one hand.
- A sarcoma pathologist? Ditto.
- Many other instances apply, I’m afraid.
- Seek a second opinion.
- Can parts of the treatment plan be executed at another hospital? Many of the docs cover smaller/cheaper institutions. Major cancer centers can also refer you to a gamut of networked specialists, from provincial areas to large first world institutions. Your options would be greatly expanded.
- “…but this is my budget.” The Team will discuss current standards of care, ie, “best”/ideal treatment. Frequently, there are alternatives that would not sacrifice outcome significantly.
- “Do you have ongoing clinical trials for me?” You don’t pay to go on a trial. The investigational medication is usually provided by the pharmaceutical companies.