Take Charge of Your Care

PUBLISHED January 27, 2017
If you have questions or concerns, prepare for your appointments, because many times, time is short or things may be rushed during your oncology or care team appointment. Be organized and be prepared before your appointment to get the most out of your appointment. 
 
Speak up!  Don’t be afraid  to ask a question or pose a concern. You have the right to ask and get a response from your care team. On www.nlmsf.org, your “patient compass,” you will see what questions to ask when, and who to direct a particular question to on your care team.This guidance should be helpful to you. 
 
Take someone with you to your appointments if you canto help be an extra pair of eyes and ears, and take notes for you as you receive answers to your questions, and as other information is given to you that you will want and need to remember. If you don’t understand a medical term, ask what it means to get immediate clarification. After you get instructions or an explanation, repeat back what you thought you heard so you can reconfirm your understanding of the information and make sure that any key facts your doctor tells you are written down so you won’t forget. Have an organized notebook, with pocket folders, to house your lab tests, CT scan reports, questions you want to ask,  information, notes taken during appointments, etc. If you would like such a notebook already assembled for you, email:  annieachee!@aol.com or call me at 303 -783-0924.  You can see what the notebook looks like on the website under the merchandise page.
 
Additionally,  word to the wise . . . if you are in the hospital, make sure that the nurses and doctors are checking your ID bracelet to make sure you are getting the correct medications and medical assessment.  
 
Annie Achee-  National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation
 
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