Your relationship with your doctor is a critical part of your care. Ideally, you will have one doctor who coordinates all of your care. This doctor should be someone with whom you feel comfortable, someone you feel listens to your concerns and answers all of your questions thoughtfully and thoroughly. Your doctor will explain your diagnosis, health status, treatment options, and progress throughout treatment. There also will be nurses and healthcare professionals working with your doctor who have specialized knowledge and skills. These healthcare professionals are there to assist you with your treatment or any side effects you may have. In many cases, they can answer your questions directly. They also can help you get the answers you need from other members of your healthcare team.
Like all successful relationships, your relationship with your doctor is a two-way street. Please ask questions to become educated about your treatment and health -- to become an active part of your cancer care team. If your doctor is giving you too much or too little information, let them know. Ask them whatever questions you have, and keep them informed of your needs. As in any relationship, clear and honest communication is the key to success. Your doctor will discuss your treatment plan with you. The following are examples of questions to ask during the discussion:
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