Start by asking questions
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.