Medical oncology is a form of medicine focused on cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The role of a medical oncologist is to treat patients with cancer through things such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, or immunotherapy.
A medical oncologist can collaborate with other physicians to determine the best care plan for you. They will show you the form and the stage of your cancer diagnosis. You will also be helped with controlling your symptoms and side effects on your cancer.
How to set up an appointment with an online oncologist?
Since being diagnosed with cancer, at one point or another you are likely to see a medical oncologist. You should understand the diagnosis and the timetable of your treatment for cancer. Prepare your medical history and full diagnosis ahead of the call in order to best utilize the expertise of the specialist our platform provides.
Depending on the type of treatment you require a specific type of online oncologist will be made available to you. Some of the main types of oncological physicians we partner with are listed below:
- Medical oncologist – with specialties in chemical medication, hormone therapy, specific treatments or immunotherapy.
- Radiation oncologist – specializing in radiation therapy
- Surgical oncologist – with expertise in biopsied, tumor removal as well as tissue examination
- Gynecologic oncologists – specializing in cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer .
- Oncologist hematologist – with expertise in blood work and blood related cancers (myeloma, leukaemia, lymphoma)
- Pediatric oncologists – specializing in children’s cancer illness
How to prepare for your online doctor appointment with an oncologist
Bring medical papers, such as imagery test copies (like MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays). Any prescribed medication you are taking should also be mentioned for a more accurate assessment and diagnosis. Some of our specialist prefer if you have the packaging itself handy in case you are using a generic version which they are not familiar with.
It also helps to get a friend or family member involved so they can participate on the call. During the appointment, you can receive a lot of details and they will assist you with notes and listening, should you miss something. They can also provide assistance to the doctor in case you forget any details or specifics. Before you enter, write down as many questions as possible in order to make sure that all of your concerns have been alleviated. Some sample questions are below for your convenience:
- When can I begin treatment, and what are the options for my treatment?
- What is the length of treatment?
- What are the surgical risks and side effects?
- How will my everyday life or routine be affected?
What to expect at an appointment in oncology
It could take several hours if this is your first oncology appointment. Your medical history will be reviewed by the specialist for the first time as well so set aside ample time to go over it in detail.
Because physical examinations can show symptoms that doctors don’t treat in your case on a regular basis, any medical records form your last physical will also be reviews in great detail. If something is missing our specialist will redirect to a partner clinic to complete the assessment.
Your online oncologist may also order additional tests such as image scanning (for example CT scans, MRIs or ultrasounds) or request you to take blood or urine samples at a partner clinic near you. You may also be requested to have to have a biopsy if results of recent one have not been provided along with your medical history.
The oncologist will provide you with an approximate average duration of care that you’ll be requiring during your first visit. They might also give you an idea of how you are going to respond to the treatment. Throughout the preparation of your treatment plan you may be required to meet other physicians. They will go in to more detail regarding particulars like payment and insurance policy.
We do not require our patients to have insurance. Our service subscription is $29.00 and your first phone or video call with an online oncologist will be billed at $10.00. You will have the ability to continue text chatting with the same specialist free of charge, however any new phone or video call will be billed at additional $10.00 You subscriptions provides you access to a members area dashboard where you will have a dedicated section to upload medical history records. Having them in digital format will significantly simplify your communication with our specialist. We suggest that you use out platform as a second opinion to your primary care physician.
Last updated: January 2021