Cancer

Updated 14 March 2017

Getting the treatment you need

When you are diagnosed your treating doctor will discuss treatment options with you. Together, you and your doctor will agree on what your treatment will include.

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When you are diagnosed your treating doctor will discuss treatment options with you. Your doctor must explain the various procedures, and drugs that can be used to treat your cancer and all the side effects they may have. This is called ‘informed consent’ and is a legal requirement.

Together, you and your doctor will agree on what your treatment will include. This will be your ‘treatment plan’.

Once your treatment plan is agreed upon the process of informing your medical scheme about your condition begins.

If your treatment plan is denied for any reason below is a detailed, easy to use, easy to understand, step by step guide explaining exactly what actions you need to take should your treatment be turned down by your medical scheme.

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When you are diagnosed your treating doctor will discuss treatment options with you. Your doctor must explain the various procedures and medicines that can be used to treat your cancer and all the side effects they may have. This is called informed consent and by law your doctor has to explain in detail and in a manner which ensures you understand what all these treatments entail.

Together you and your doctor will agree on what your treatment will include – this is called your Treatment Plan.

Once your treatment plan is agreed upon, the process of requesting the procedure and drugs from the relevant hospital departments can begin. At this point you may have to go to another department to meet with another doctor.

Information provided by Campaigning for Cancer

- (Health24, December 2011)

 

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