Read, Read and Read
Educate yourself to be able to make informed decisions about your treatment options and to take an active role in your care or that of your loved one.
Question, Question and Question
You have the right to ask any
question that will affect your health and treatment of the disease.
Here are some Questions to Ask.
Do not go to appointments alone
It is difficult enough accepting that you have cancer, so understanding and remembering all the information about the disease and treatment is even more difficult. Keeping straight all the information can become frustrating and overwhelming for the patient.
Keep a journal
Keeping a journal on each meeting or discussion will assist you in keeping the facts straight and will assist in straightening out any oversights or misunderstandings.
Be an advocate for your loved one
Our loved ones who are fighting cancer may feel overwhelmed, confused, angry, or depressed and not able to advocate for themselves. Family and friends are often encouraged to take on this advocacy role to ensure their loved one is getting the best care available.
This is your body and your health that is at risk. Do not be scared to speak up and ask for something, even if you do not think it is possible.
Don't be afraid to seek a second opinion. Your family doctor can usually refer you for this. A second opinion can help make sure the care and treatment that you are getting is the best for you.
Clinical Trials are research programs to evaluate new medical treatments, drugs or devices with the hopes of creating new and improved methods of treatment. Consider this option from the start. Ask your doctor or contact us for search assistance.
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