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What Questions Should I Ask As I Choose a Treatment Facility?

The following is a list of questions you may want to ask about any hospital or cancer center that you are considering for your care:

  • How many cancer patients does this center treat?
  • Does this center specialize in my type of cancer?
  • Does this center have teams of specialists in specific types of cancer who meet regularly to discuss cases (called tumor boards or conferences)?
  • If so, how specialized are these teams? What types of specialists are involved in these meetings?
  • What support services does this center provide?
  • How will this center support my quality of life during and after treatment?
  • Is the center designated by the National Cancer Institute?
  • Is the center approved by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer?
  • Is the center accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations?
  • Is this center part of a Magnet hospital recognized for quality nursing care?
  • What new or innovative technologies or procedures does this center offer?
  • Is this center covered by my health plan?

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