Let’s face it. There are a LOT of things on your mind after you’re diagnosed with cancer. Your “normal,” everyday life immediately gets compounded by a whole new set of concerns, and it’s often hard to stay clear-minded for specific things like appointments with doctors. Well, never fear. We’ve collected some helpful and quick hints to keep by your side as a guide. Before your appointment
- Any and all questions that you think of for your doctor—they’re ALL important!
- Any symptoms you're experiencing, even those that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
- Key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
- Your family history of cancer. Do you have any family members who have had cancer? Jot down what relation they are to you, the type of cancer, the age at diagnosis and whether he or she survived.
- A list of all medications, vitamins or supplements that you're taking.
- All of your records that relate to your cancer diagnosis and treatment. Organize your records in a binder or folder that you can easily take to your appointments. Side note: You’ll likely spend a lot of time with this folder, so consider decorating it with positive affirmations or memories of your journey.
- A family member or friend! Sometimes it can be difficult to absorb all the information provided during an appointment. Someone who accompanies you may remember something that you missed or forgot, and who doesn’t want to hang out with their friends?
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