18 Essential Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Cancer Treatment
Don't feel like you have to come up with all the questions at once and have them all answered in one office visit with your doctor. Cancer treatment is a process, and no doubt more questions will come up as you go through it. The key is to try and write down your questions as they come up between your doctor visits. Don't rely on, "Oh, I'll remember to ask that." While it may seem like a question that you don't think you will forget to ask, if you don't have it written down, you may get overwhelmed at your next office visit and forget to ask the question.
Your doctor and healthcare team should be focused on helping and supporting you through this difficult time. It's beneficial to be able to build a good relationship with your healthcare providers. This starts by asking them questions as they come up and getting as much information on your treatment as you can.
Trying to figure out your needs and how to communicate them to your doctor takes a little work and effort on both sides. Once you feel comfortable talking with your doctor, however, it will help give you some peace of mind and relieve some of your worries during your cancer treatment.