When you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it is normal to feel overwhelmed. It can be helpful to understand what to expect next. While everyone is different, the following steps are a common pathway for our patients after an initial diagnosis.
- Talk to your specialist or general practitioner about a referral to your nearest Icon centre. We have more than 100 dedicated specialists. It is important to remember that you have a say in where you are treated and who your specialist Ask your doctor for a referral to your nearest Icon centre
- Your first appointment
At the first appointment, you will meet with your experienced cancer specialist who will talk you through your diagnosis and treatment plan, and address any concerns and questions you may have. Your cancer specialist will continue to care for you throughout your entire treatment and beyond.
- Before starting treatment
Further to your initial appointment, one of our experienced care team will take some time to discuss your treatment, what to expect, possible treatment side effects and how to manage them. They will also chat about possible anxiety you and your family might be feeling. Our team works together with your specialist to ensure your care is truly tailored to your needs and those of your loved ones.
- Starting treatment
The length of your appointment and cycle depends on the treatment being given. Throughout your treatment and beyond, your specialist and care team are here to monitor your progress, address your side effects and listen to any concerns or fears you may have. Never be afraid to seek clarity and reassurance to ensure you are confident in your treatment and choices.