As you begin the process of seeking treatment for your secondary brain tumor, it can be helpful to decide which qualities are important to you in a doctor, practice or hospital. Aside from our practice (Neurosurgeons of New Jersey), there are many choices in the New Jersey area, including both private practices and hospitals. Knowing what you are looking for can help you find the provider that is right for you.
There are several qualities you may wish to consider when evaluating a provider. While some may be of higher priority to you than others, be sure to take all of these aspects of a provider’s profile into account when making your final decision.
Look for a Patient-Centric Approach
The Tri-State Area has a large population, and many hospitals and practices have such a high volume of patients that you can easily get “lost” among the rest. To combat this problem, some providers instead specialize in individualized care, taking what is called a patient-centric approach.
Your condition is a very individual one. Secondary brain tumors come from one type of cancer located elsewhere in your body, which can vary significantly from patient to patient. The location of your secondary brain tumor and the presence of other complicating health conditions you may have make focused attention to your specific case extremely important.
Finding a doctor who understands that no two secondary brain tumor patients are alike can make a world of difference in your treatment experience.
Find a Provider with a Safe and Convenient Location
Your secondary brain tumor treatment is going to require many trips to your doctor’s office. All of the travel back and forth is going to add up, so it can be helpful to find a practice that is conveniently located for you to minimize travel time and expenses.
You should also find a practice in a safe location. Again, you will be making frequent visits, so it is important you feel comfortable with the area and don’t have to worry about your own safety or leaving your vehicle unattended. When undergoing treatment, it’s helpful to minimize as many external stressors as possible, so finding a provider that is close and secure will make your trips more pleasant.
Trustworthiness Is Key
When you visit a doctor for treatment, you are entrusting him or her with your health. If you visit someone you don’t feel is being honest with you, how can you feel confident that you are receiving adequate care?
Find someone who makes you feel comfortable and is transparent with you about your treatment. If you feel like something is off, it probably is. Trust your instincts, and consider finding another practice if you have any doubts. Your comfort is paramount throughout the entire process, and a having a trustworthy doctor can make you feel more at ease.
Look for a Proven Track Record
One way to ensure you will receive excellent care is to find a practice or doctor who has a great reputation for treating secondary brain tumors. Reach out to family and friends for recommendations. Even if you don’t know anyone who has had direct experience with this treatment, someone in your network is likely to know a friend of a friend who has.
Another resource is literally right at your fingertips. Searching online might help you find more information on a practice’s website that can give you an idea of its doctors’ track record in treating secondary brain tumors. You may also be able to find reviews written by other patients to help you gauge a particular doctor’s reputation and determine if their practice sounds like a good fit for you.
Finally, your insurance company may also have a list of doctors that provide secondary brain tumor treatment in the New Jersey area. While the list may not offer insight into the success rate of a particular doctor, it can give you a jumping-off point to begin your search.
Putting It Together
Whatever qualities you are looking for in a doctor or practice, be sure you take the time to find somewhere that is a good match for you. You will be spending a lot of time and energy on your treatment, and it is important that you are comfortable with the quality and type of care you receive.
Consider Neurosurgeons of New Jersey
You may be but one of millions of people in the Tri-State Area, but you are the only person with your exact secondary tumor, and you are the only person with your exact treatment needs. You deserve to be treated that way.
Neurosurgeons of New Jersey prides itself on putting the patient first, delivering individualized care tailored specifically to you. With doctors who specialize exclusively in treating brain tumors, at Neurosurgeons of New Jersey you will receive care from someone with expertise in your exact condition.
As a professional academic practice, the doctors of Neurosurgeons of New Jersey employ evidence-based treatments and state-of-the-art technology, using a conservative approach. The doctors understand that not every patient will require surgery. They will work with you to develop a treatment plan appropriate for your secondary brain tumor, whether that involves surgery or a different approach.