In this section, you'll find the forms that we find invaluable. Make plenty of copies, take them with you and fill them out. It may seem like a lot, but it will save you enormous amounts of time and stress to have all of this information in one place, right at your fingertips.
Our Quick Guide was written for you by people who have been right where you are today. It is designed to give you the important information you need now without going into tremendous detail. We hope it will help stop your head from spinning as you begin to navigate all of the complications and implications of your loved one's cancer diagnosis.
List of Current
Each new doctor and appointment will likely require this information. Make it easy for you and them. Prepare ahead of time.
Keep important numbers close at hand, including: parents, children, children's schools, children's doctors, neighbors, babysitters, ministers, and other people who can help.
Doctors and Insurance
It is important to keep track of all the doctors your spouse sees. Begin with their primary care physician (PCP) - your first contact for referrals. Their secretaries and nurses will be your first line of contact with doctors, so their information is crucial. You will not be able to attend every appointment, and you have only one insurance card per person.
Make the most of every visit. Prepare questions prior to an appointment, and take notes on answers, next steps and more.
Document all the people you speak with regarding insurance questions. The insurance company tracks every discussion they have with you, and if you can tell them who you talked to previously, you are more likely to get your situation resolved.
Note: If you know how you would like your conflict resolved before you call, you stand a better chance of seeing it happen. Be proactive. Calling only to complain or letting the phone operator decide how to resolve the issue is not in your best interest.