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.
- Getting a referral
Ask your doctor for a referral to your nearest Icon centre. We have more than 100 dedicated specialists with experience across all cancer types. As a private patient, you have a say in where you are treated and who your specialist is. If you would like to talk to us about gaining a referral or being treated at Icon, you can send us a message or contact your nearest Icon Cancer Centre directly.
- Your first appointment
At the first appointment, you will meet with your experienced doctor who will talk you through your diagnosis and treatment plan, and address any concerns and questions you may have. Your doctor 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 doctor 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 doctor 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.