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How do you find the right doctor when diagnosed with AML?

Finding the best doctor can be crucial for successful leukemia treatment and finding a cure for your leukemia. When you or a loved one is diagnosed with AML, most likely your primary physician will have already referred you to a specialist. With AML, it is important to act quickly – there is not a lot of time to wait on treatment. Some people choose a treatment center first, while others begin by choosing a physician to manage the treatment. Some have the option to travel to another city or state to receive their care, while others do not. Whatever the situation, knowing the questions to ask, issues to consider and resources available will help you make informed choices.

Finding an Oncologist
Your local hospital most likely has a patient referral service – they can provide you with a list of oncologists practicing at that hospital.

  • Visit the National Cancer Institute to search for cancer treatment centers in your local area.
  • Visit ABMS for a list of doctors who have passed specialty examinations. You must register on this site but you can conduct searches by a physician's name or area of certification and a state name.
  • Visit the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for an online list of oncologists who are members of ASCO. They have a worldwide list of over 27,000 oncologists.

Finding a Treatment Facility
Selecting a treatment facility is an important consideration, in receiving the best care possible for your leukemia. If you are a member of a health insurance plan, your choices may be limited to those that participate in your plan. Your insurance company can provide you with a list of approved facilities.

Here are some resources to locate a treatment facility:

Personality & Family
When you first meet with a doctor, it is important to sit down and take some time to chat. You want a doctor who listens to you, explains things clearly and treats you with respect. It is also equally important to meet the office staff. A doctor's office staff is like his family and you will speak with them a lot. You do not want a doctor with a grouchy receptionist.

You've probably heard time and time again to go with your gut feeling, this works the same for doctors. If there is something about the doctor that makes you uneasy, uncomfortable or it just does not feel right, then it's probably not. Don't second guess yourself.