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Why is it important for cancer doctors to have experience?

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A cancer specialist should have a lot of experience treating the specific type of cancer that you have. Ask your doctor how many cases she has treated over her career and over the past year. How many is enough? There’s no easy answer, but you should have the feeling that your doctor treats people like you on a regular basis.

From: Your Cancer Specialists WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Terri Ades, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN, director of cancer information, American Cancer Society, Atlanta. Jan C. Buckner, MD, chair of medical oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Harold J. Burstein, MD, staff oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.  National Cancer Institute web site: "How to find a doctor or treatment facility if you have cancer."



Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 2, 2019

SOURCES: Terri Ades, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN, director of cancer information, American Cancer Society, Atlanta. Jan C. Buckner, MD, chair of medical oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Harold J. Burstein, MD, staff oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.  National Cancer Institute web site: "How to find a doctor or treatment facility if you have cancer."



Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 2, 2019

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