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Click any sign on the guide post to read Key Information.Dr. John WeaverFamily Physician
John W. Weaver, M.D.
High Point Family Practice, High Point, NC

Once you’re diagnosed with cancer, what role does your primary care doctor play? Dr. John Weaver explains who is in charge of what during your cancer treatment and how to balance the avalanche of doctors who now share responsibility for your care. Dr. Weaver has practiced family medicine for nearly 25 years and has counseled many patients through their cancer journeys. His experience became much more personal in 2009 when his wife Cathy was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Key Information from GPS’s family medicine expert:

Once you are diagnosed with cancer, your family doctor doesn’t go away. However his or her care for you may take a backseat during active cancer treatment. During that time your main care giver may be your oncologist or your surgeon. Just remember that your family doctor is always present in the background and eager to follow your progress.

The information sharing and correspondence within an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system helps your primary care doctor stay apprised of your diagnosis, treatment and progress.

Your normal medications may need to be altered or even temporarily stopped during chemotherapy. While your primary care doctor remains responsible for overseeing management of blood pressure and cholesterol medications, for example, he or she will work with your oncologist and determine if any of your medications need to be stopped during therapy and then resumed once it’s completed.

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“Who do I call when I get sick now that I have cancer?” That’s a valid question even if it you have a relatively minor health problem like a sinus infection. Most of the time the oncologist and your primary care doctor will consult with each other and decide who should treat the problem.

During cancer treatment it’s important to understand that you are not alone or limited to one area of medical care. You always have the care and support of your primary care physician with the added expertise of your cancer specialist. Never hesitate to contact either of your doctors if you have a question.

After Cancer

After your cancer treatment is over, not only will you be followed by your oncologist, you also need to resume your usual visits to your primary care doctor. Don’t forget your routine wellness exams too – exams like colonoscopies and mammograms. The reality is that once you have had cancer your chances of developing another are somewhat increased so we need to maintain vigilance with your routine tests and exams. Don’t ever forget that your family doctor and his team know and treat you as a whole person and are committed to your well-being.

Links / Apps

American Cancer Society — For cancer screening guidelines.

Key Info Stay In Touch After Cancer Links and Apps

 

Key information

Once you are diagnosed with cancer, your family doctor doesn’t go away. However his or her care for you may take a backseat during active cancer treatment. During that time your main care giver may be your oncologist or your surgeon. Just remember that your family doctor is always present in the background and eager to follow your progress.

The information sharing and correspondence within an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system helps your primary care doctor stay apprised of your diagnosis, treatment and progress.

Your normal medications may need to be altered or even temporarily stopped during chemotherapy. While your primary care doctor remains responsible for overseeing management of blood pressure and cholesterol medications, for example, he or she will work with your oncologist and determine if any of your medications need to be stopped during therapy and then resumed once it’s completed.

Stay In Touch

“Who do I call when I get sick now that I have cancer?” That’s a valid question even if it you have a relatively minor health problem like a sinus infection. Most of the time the oncologist and your primary care doctor will consult with each other and decide who should treat the problem.

During cancer treatment it’s important to understand that you are not alone or limited to one area of medical care. You always have the care and support of your primary care physician with the added expertise of your cancer specialist. Never hesitate to contact either of your doctors if you have a question.

After Cancer

After your cancer treatment is over, not only will you be followed by your oncologist, you also need to resume your usual visits to your primary care doctor. Don’t forget your routine wellness exams too – exams like colonoscopies and mammograms. The reality is that once you have had cancer your chances of developing another are somewhat increased so we need to maintain vigilance with your routine tests and exams. Don’t ever forget that your family doctor and his team know and treat you as a whole person and are committed to your well-being.

Links / Apps

American Cancer Society — For cancer screening guidelines.

 


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