What recently diagnosed cancer patients need to know
Being diagnosed with cancer is a scary event. Your Polyclinic physician can help coordinate your care, whether it is provided by colleagues within The Polyclinic or by other specialists in the greater Seattle medical community. The Cancer Team at The Polyclinic brings together board-certified doctors and clinicians with diverse specialties to give patients the best care possible and outcome. Referring primary care physicians are included in all discussions to insure continuity of care.
The Polyclinic has compiled information for recently diagnosed cancer patients to pull resources together from coping with cancer, what to ask the doctor and more. An informed patient is an empowered patient. Believing that the patient is a key decision-making member of the care team and to help prepare for the best possible outcome, The Resource Notebook helps answer many of the questions that may come to mind. Information included helps to increase understanding of the recommended treatment, possible side effects, the role of the medical professionals involved in your care, as well as suggestions for additional resources that will help support you and your family while you are living with cancer.
Utilize these pages to track your health and organize important information. Use it to:
- take notes about how you're feeling
- write down questions you may have for your doctor
- keep track of your treatment schedule, physicians you've seen and medications you're taking
- manage your appointments
- save educational materials you have received
Not all of the information on this site will apply to every patient, so please ask questions of your health care team.
The Polyclinic Oncology Team