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ffective communication with your doctor is important to your overall health, and when your diagnosis is cancer, that exchange can be critical. There can be many treatment options for cancer
 

Summary: ffective communication with your doctor is important to your overall health, and when
your diagnosis is cancer, that exchange can be critical. There can be many treatment options for cancer
and some entail more side effects than others. Understanding your diagnosis and treatment options can
be vital to your overall satisfaction with your treatment and care. What is the first step toward creating
good communication with your doctor? Don't be afraid to tell your doctor how you want to be treated.
Do you want medical details about your cancer, or just a simple overview? Do you want information delivered in
a businesslike manner, or shared in a more gentle way? Many patients find it helpful to bring a family member
or friend to listen and take notes. Some patients have a family member do their talking for them. Others keep
a journal and make a note of any concerns and questions that they want to ask the doctor. Think about the best
approach for you, and remember, open and honest communication is the best way to get the help you need.
Here are some commonly asked questions for you to ask the doctor:
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Source: Abagyan, Ruben - School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California at San Diego

 

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