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What should I ask my doctor?
People with cancer often feel more confident about their treatment when they understand what's happening and what to expect. Your doctor is always your single most important source of information. Feel free to ask your doctor, nurse, or other specialists about any concerns you have. Please don't hesitate to ask them to explain anything you don't understand, especially if it sounds too technical. Your medical team will respect your desire to take an active interest in your own care.
It helps to prepare questions ahead of time and to take notes when you speak
with your doctors. You might consider asking a friend or family member to
come along to help you remember everything the doctor says. You might even
ask if it's okay to use a tape recorder.
To further stimulate discussion with your medical team, why not print out pages from this Web site that contain issues you'd like to discuss. Bring a copy for yourself and the doctor to your next appointment.
You might want to consider asking:
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