The Importance of a Family Doctor in your Cancer Care

Being diagnosed with cancer is a life-altering event, and it can be one of the most difficult challenges that we can face. Because there’s so much to take care of during diagnosis, treatment, and beyond, you need to have an advocate, someone who knows you well and who can guide you through these challenges.

Beyond your network of family members, loved ones, friends, and spiritual leaders, there is a person that’s well equipped to help you through these tough times – your family doctor. You see, family medicine doctors know you well, can double check your medications and be your advocate through treatment and remission. Further, they can continue to follow you and your progress and take care of important screening and monitoring assessments after your cancer treatment team has moved on.

Importantly, your family doctor can help your family members in the moment and as they age. In the moment, family doctors are sensitive to the emotional toll that cancer can take, and are a good resource for counseling and support. And, as family members age, family doctors can help with appropriate screening tests and surveillance in the case of genetically-related cancers.

So, if you haven’t reached out to your family doctor recently, now’s a good time. Now’s a good time to follow up on those surveillance tests that you might need. And, if you’re a family member of someone with cancer, and overdue for a screening test, like a mammogram or colonoscopy, now’s the time to get that taken care of.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day,

– Dr. Paul Thomas with Plum Health

Plum Health is a Family Medicine practice in Detroit, Michigan that delivers affordable, accessible health care services. We specialize in building meaningful relationships with our patients and we pride ourselves on delivering the best primary care experience in Detroit. If you’d like to learn more, don’t hesitate to call, text or email – 313.444.5630 or More information at our website:


Paul Thomas, MD
Physician with Plum Health DPC
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