Managing Your Care

Treatment for cancer is complex, and managing all of the different aspects of treatment can be stressful. There are different doctors to consult, many tests to schedule, and instructions relating to your care to understand.

The information in this section is designed to help make the time you spend with your doctors more beneficial and productive.

Taking Charge of Your Care

Get tips on how to become a self-advocate for your cancer care, which can include seeking help from others.

Choosing a Cancer Treatment Facility

Cancer is a disease that requires specialized treatment, so it is important to find a treatment center that meets your specific needs. This includes finding the right oncologist and finding the right treatment center.

Organizing Your Cancer Care

You may be gathering cancer information, making appointments, getting test results, and learning about treatment options. One way to avoid feeling overwhelmed is to become well-organized.

Tracking Your Medical Bills and Health Insurance Claims

Most people with cancer receive a large number of bills and health insurance claims, creating a cycle of paperwork that can be overwhelming. To reduce your stress and maintain financial health, it is important to develop a clear system for tracking payments and filing important documents.

Keeping a Personal Medical Record

Learn about the importance of keeping an accurate record of your personal medical history, what to include, and how to compile it.

Medical Forms

This section includes a collection of treatment summary forms your doctor can complete to provide you a summary of your care and information on your follow-up care plan. The section also provides a list of forms you can download and use to keep track of important medical information during treatment.  

Mobile Applications

Links to mobile applications for people with cancer, survivors, and caregivers.

Understanding Electronic Medical Records

Find out what electronic medical records are and why an increasing number of health care providers are using them to keep track of patients’ medical information.

When Cancer Is Not Your Only Health Concern

Learn how chronic medical conditions you experience in addition to cancer can affect your cancer and cancer treatment, and get questions to ask your doctor about the safest way to manage those conditions during treatment.

ASCO and NCI Patient Information Wallet Card

ASCO and NCI have developed a card that patients can carry in their wallets that will guide them to Cancer.Net and NCI’s Cancer Information Service if they are displaced from their homes due to a disaster situation.