Optim Oncology wants to provide a vital source of strength and support.
After a cancer diagnosis, it may feel like time has stopped. At Optim Oncology, we want to make the cancer treatment journey as easy as possible. One way we do this is by helping you to be prepared and know what to expect throughout your cancer care. We provide resources to help you prepare. Click below to learn more.
- What to expect for your first appointment with Optim Oncology.
- Complete list of recommended Support Services & Resources
- Patient Portal - Our online resource for requesting and accessing your test results
For Family and Friends
Family and friends can help their loved one throughout the cancer treatment process. Family and friends are a key part of the team, and at Optim Oncology, we welcome their involvement from start to finish. They are important to you, so they are important to us. We encourage you to bring the key people in your life to your initial consult and to any other appointments following. (However, please note, we do have to limit 2 visitors per patient during chemo sessions, and children under 12 are not allowed in the chemo infusion area for their safety and the safety of our patients.) Our oncologists and staff will welcome your cancer support team, and view their questions and concerns as important as we view yours.
A diagnosis of cancer doesn’t just affect one person. Anyone who cares about a person with cancer – especially family and close friends – becomes a front-line participant in the fight. At Optim Oncology, we believe family members and friends need to be involved in the treatment and recovery process. So here’s what we advise:
- Educate yourself. Knowledge is power. Not knowing or understanding what is going on with your loved ones health compounds stress. Make time to learn more about your loved one’s type of cancer, cancer treatment options, and what to expect. Visit the excellent Web sites in our Cancer Resources section to start.
- Come to appointments. This is huge. You are welcome here! Your attendance – from the initial physician consult through regular radiation and/or chemotherapy sessions – is a gift to the person with cancer. When we are ill, it is especially important to have a second set of ears listening to what’s said and asking questions for understanding.
- Take notes and ask questions. Ask our physicians or staff anything and everything. There will be a lot of information to absorb, from medications and dosages to schedules and ways you can help. A notebook or folder is a handy way to keep questions, answers and paperwork together.
- Be there. Just be there. Your support will give your loved one strength. Nobody should fight cancer alone. Have a chat over coffee. Go to church together. Make dinner. Bring the grandkids over. Make a phone call for no reason. Interact as much as possible. Your family member or friend is in the fight of their life, fighting for their life.