Quality of Care: Making Cancer Choices
Facing a cancer diagnosis can be a life-changing event for you and your family, presenting important and sometimes overwhelming questions and decisions. The treatment choices you make first can make a difference in your outcome and your quality of life. With rare exception, you and your family have time to sort through your options and carefully consider how best to proceed. But where to start?
How to make your best, most informed decision
As one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is committed not only to pursuing the most innovative research and treatment for cancer but also to serving as a community resource for education and information. This section of our website is designed to provide you with answers, and to connect you to other resources, to help you make your best and most informed decisions about your cancer care.
- You can always call our Cancer Information Program at 800-811-8480, but we hope this section offers a good starting point.
How should I choose a cancer treatment team?
Cancer is not one single disease, but a collection of many different diseases and different subtypes. When faced with this serious diagnosis, you should consider a variety of factors, including the range of treatment options and the level of expertise offered for your specific type of cancer. For instance:
- What questions should I ask as I choose a treatment facility?
- What questions should I ask as I select a doctor?
- Where can I find out more about choosing a doctor or treatment facility?
- Should I get a second opinion?
What can I expect if I come to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center?
- What clinical trials are available for my type of cancer?
- What do you do to help with my quality of life?
- Where can I learn more?