Tips on how to talk to your doctor about cancer

KYW Staff
November 13, 2019 - 4:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Talking about cancer can be complicated and confusing, and it can be hard to take in all the information your doctor gives you during a visit. 

Here are some tips on how to talk with your doctor about your cancer:

Make a list of questions before your visit and list your most important ones first. Bring a pen and paper to take notes, or ask your spouse or another family member to come and take notes for you. 

You can also ask if you can record the visit so you can listen to the information again at a later time.

Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand something, and repeat your own questions if necessary as sometimes your doctor may not understand your question or concern and may not fully answer your question.  

Finally, ask if your doctor or another staff member is available by phone to answer questions once you get home.