|Take an active role in your treatment. Let
your doctors and nurses know you wish to participate in your health decisions. Find out
what your insurance covers and if necessary, research financial
Ask for a second opinion if you feel uneasy
or uncomfortable with either your doctors or what they say.
Remember that the doctors have many patients and their time
may be limited. Be prepared for your appointments. Make a list of questions. Note any
differences since your last visit. Review the material on talking with your medical
Hear, understand, and remember what is said. Take notes,
bring someone with you. If you don't understand something -- ask for an explanation. Don't
leave until you are comfortable with the information you've received.
Read the questions to ask when dealing
with cancer and it's treatments.
Read our collection of materials about how to
communicate with your doctor and others
in the medical community.
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