Cancer and cancer treatment can cause other health conditions, even many years later. At St. Jude, we want you to receive the health care you need as a survivor. You will still come to St. Jude to see your primary doctor for long-term follow-up appointments related to the cancer. You also need a doctor in your home community for regular treatment, checkups, and prescription medicines. This includes care for some health conditions caused by your cancer or cancer treatment.
Why do I need a local doctor?
You are likely to need care more often than it is convenient to come back to St. Jude. It is also safer to have a doctor in your home community. A doctor near your home can see you more often and keep a closer watch on any problems. We want to make sure you get the best medical care possible.
When should I start seeing a local doctor?
That depends. Your St. Jude primary doctor and medical specialist will decide when a local doctor is the best option for your care.
Who will help me find a local doctor?
Your primary St. Jude doctor and the doctor at home who referred you to St. Jude can help. The St. Jude Transition Oncology Program may help, too. Your St. Jude doctor will see you and prescribe medicines until you have a local doctor. Once you have a doctor in your local community, they will be responsible for your care.
What if I don’t have insurance or enough money for care?
St. Jude will help you find local medical care. The Transition Oncology Team can help you find health care resources and programs in your home community. We do this because we believe it is important for your health. Having a local doctor helps you get the care you need, when you need it.
What if my local doctor has questions?
St. Jude will give your new doctor a summary of your St. Jude care. We can send them other medical records as needed, including test results, clinic notes, and medicine information. You can pick this information up to take to your local doctor’s office or the St. Jude medical records staff can send it by mail or fax.
What if I have new health problems related to my cancer or treatment?
Call your local doctor first. If they have questions about your cancer diagnosis or St. Jude treatment, we can send them your medical records. Your primary St. Jude doctor can also talk with them about your condition and care.
What if I live in the Memphis area and want to see my St. Jude doctor?
You might be able to do this if they have an office outside St. Jude. Many St. Jude doctors have these offices, and you can see them there. St. Jude does not pay for these visits or treatments. If your St. Jude doctor does not have an office outside St. Jude, you can find a new doctor for this care.
Notes for my local doctor
You can fill out the information below at a St. Jude visit, and share it with your new local doctor.
Today, I saw Dr. ______________________, who specializes in _________________________. They asked me to see a local doctor in the next ________________________ (amount of time).
They recommend these lab tests or other tests:
List of my medicines from this doctor
|Name of medicine||How often I take it|
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your social worker or primary clinic at St. Jude.
This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.
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