How to evaluate a cancer doctor?
I like my doctor. He is very nice and does a good job of calming me down. But I was given a life expectancy of 3-6 months,3 months age so everything seems so urgent to me, and it seems my cancer is progressing, so being a nice person might not be enough. I realize when the hospital assigned him to me, I never asked how much experience, how many patients have you treated with my particular cancer? I wonder if there’s a way to find this out. I also wonder if there are statistics that show how successful different oncologists are treating particular cancers. I feel like asking now would be really rude and might create a tainted relationship. Wondering how patients can find out things like that without fearing insulting their doctor. Also if there are other things I should ask. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this at the time I met him….