Knowing Your Diagnosis

Your specific diagnosis and other factors will help determine which treatment option is best for you, so it’s important to understand all there is to know about the type of cancer you have. Ask your doctor to provide the following:

  • Name and description of your cancer
  • Where it is located
  • What stage it is in
  • Any other details that may be important in making decisions about treatment options

Our intake team will also work with you to obtain medical records so our physicians can make a thorough evaluation and recommendation for the best treatment for you.

What is proton therapy?

Knowing Your Treatment Options

Use these questions when speaking with your primary doctor or oncologist; they are designed to evaluate which treatment is right for you.

  • What are all of my treatment options? What do you recommend and why?
  • Is proton therapy an option for me? What are the pros and cons?
  • How long would my treatment last—at each appointment and overall? What is the treatment like? Is it safe?
  • Will I need to alter my daily routine (e.g. going to work, exercising) because of the treatments?
  • How do we know if the treatment worked?
  • If my cancer were to come back some day, could I receive treatments again?
  • Where do I go to receive treatment?
  • How much will this treatment cost? What does my insurance/Medicare/Medicaid pay?
  • Once we have decided on a course of treatment for my diagnosis, what do I do next? Who do I call? When should I start? What information do I need to have available?
What is proton therapy?

Knowing the Side Effects

Before treatment begins, you should ask your doctor about any possible side effects.

  • During therapy, what side effects or complications could I experience with the different treatment options?
  • After therapy, what long-term side effects or complications could I experience with the different treatment options?