Your health care team is made up of specialists, such as your breast oncologist and oncology
nurse, who you see regularly. Rely on these
professionals to assist you in deciding which treatment option is right for you.
Some practices employ nurse practitioners who are certified oncology specialists. Their hands-on experience with different treatment options means they can offer an informed perspective. Your health care team may also include nutritionists, social workers, and counselors that can offer tips and advice to help you. You may find the knowledge, support, and care your team provides helpful.
Your team of health care professionals can help answer any questions or address
concerns you may have about taking a new medication. Knowing what to expect can
help ease any concerns you may have and can give you confidence to start or continue
with your overall treatment plan. The following suggestions can help you make the most out
of your relationship with your health care team.
Be an active participant
When it comes to your health, don’t be passive. Cancer and cancer treatments can
be complicated, so don’t hesitate to talk to your health care team about any aspect
of your condition. Communicating not only helps you stay informed, but also helps
you understand the treatment decisions your doctor makes.
Asking questions is a great way to engage your health care team. Write down a list of
questions as soon as you think of them, and bring your list to your appointments.
Your health care team is dedicated to helping you find the information you need.
These sheets will help you prepare questions for your next scheduled visit.
Knowledge is key
It’s very important to learn as much as you can about your condition. This may require
a little work on your part. Fortunately, there are plenty of
organizations out there for you.
Learning about metastatic breast cancer and available treatment options may also
help you to make decisions about your care. The first step in the learning process
is talking to your doctor. Every woman is different. What a doctor recommends
for one woman may not be right for another. Developing a list of questions to ask
is a good step to addressing concerns and getting information.
Be your own advocate
Extra communication can go a long way. Making a few follow-up phone calls after
office visits or lab work, and keeping good records of each visit, can help you
stay on top of what's going on today and what’s next. This will ensure that everyone
is on the same page when it comes to your condition.
Be open and honest with your health care team. Let them know exactly how you are doing and what you are feeling. This will help them when it comes to assessing your treatment plan and your diagnosis.
Download a list of helpful questions
Download a list of helpful questions to get the conversation started
with your physician at your next appointment.
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