THE MEDICAL SIDE
WHO, WHAT, WHERE, AND WHEN – As in WHO (you) have cancer, now deep breath…. WHAT kind of cancer do you have? WHERE is that cancer in my body and WHERE is it going? WHEN as in the stage I am at, my prognosis, my timeline.
MAKE IT PERSONAL – with your doctor. Don’t let yourself be just another chart. Do whatever you can to build a relationship between your provider and yourself so you can be comfortable asking questions.
NURSES ARE YOUR BEST FRIENDS – At the office or in the hospital, you will spend more time with your nurse than with your doctor. Nurses are on the front lines of cancer and are a wealth of information. They chart everything, so treat them like the gold they are.
WHAT, WHICH, WHY – WHAT – are the treatment options for your type of cancer and circumstances? WHICH treatment option is recommended for your type of cancer and circumstances? WHY is the doctor recommending that treatment? Is it because that is what is recommended, or because that treatment is best for you?
AND THE GOALS IS – to beat my cancer into remission? To stop my cancer from spreading? To give me a few more months? Tough questions. There is no way around it. But since there is no way around it, it is best to know up front what you are getting into.
HOW LONG & HOW BAD – will it be? How long will your treatment last? What kind of side effects can you expect from your treatment?
IS THERE A CLINICAL TRIAL FOR YOU – to participate in? Well, ask your doctor, sure. But doctors can’t know everything. We have direct access to all available clinical trials right here at no cost. Search this database and see which trial might work for you. Then talk to you doctor about it.