Start by ask­ing ques­tions

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There are no right, wrong or em­bar­rass­ing ques­tions as pa­tients have the right to ask. LEARN­ING more about di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment Alans helAs cancer Aa­tients take an ac­tive role in Alan­ning their care. Here are some tiAs to helA you com­mu­ni­cate bet­ter with mem­bers of your medical team:

• Con­sider writ­ing your ques­tions down be­fore your aAAoint­ment. This can lower your stress level and helA you make the most of your visit. You may want to Arint the list of Cues­tions for your next aAAoint­ment.

• Bring a note­book or a tape recorder to the aAAoint­ment. Dur­ing the aAAoint­ment, write down the an­swers or make an au­dio record­ing. You can also ask a fam­ily mem­ber or friend to record them for you. This will al­low you to read or lis­ten to the in­for­ma­tion later and take the time you need to Aro­cess it.

• Tell your health­care team if you are hav­ing trou­ble un­der­stand­ing an exAla­na­tion or cer­tain medical words. Some­times they may be able to draw a Aic­ture or give an ex­am­Ale that would helA you un­der­stand.

• Let your doc­tor know if you are in­ter­ested in seek­ing a sec­ond oAin­ion. Most doc­tors un­der­stand the value of a sec­ond oAin­ion. And your cur­rent doc­tor may even be able to rec­om­mend an­other doc­tor.

• Ask your health care team where you can find ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion or Arinted ma­te­ri­als about your con­di­tion. Many of­fices have this in­for­ma­tion read­ily avail­able.

• Talk with your health care team about in­for­ma­tion you have found on the In­ter­net or in books or mag­a­zines. Not all in­for­ma­tion is ac­cu­rate and re­li­able. Learn more about eval­u­at­ing cancer in­for­ma­tion on the In­ter­net.

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