- You must be able to talk with your doctor to get what you need
- Ask yourself, “How much do I want to know?”
- Giving and getting information
- Asking questions
- Remembering what your doctor says
- The doctor-patient relationship
- Getting a second opinion
- If you have a problem talking with your doctor
- Information from your doctor that you will need later
- To learn more
You must be able to talk with your doctor to get what you need
Cancer treatment often involves more than one doctor. You may even have a team of doctors, nurses, and other people taking care of you. You may get information from many of these people, but it’s a good idea to pick one doctor to be the one you go to with questions. Most people choose the doctor they see most often.
You should feel at ease with your doctor. But sometimes it takes a little time and work before this happens. Take the time to ask your questions and make your concerns known. Likewise, your doctor should take time to answer your questions and listen to your concerns. If you and your doctor feel the same way about sharing information and making choices, you will probably have a good relationship and your needs will be met.
Last Medical Review: 05/04/2012
Last Revised: 05/04/2012