COMMMUNICATING WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE TEAM
Clear communication helps you and your health care team. When you tell your doctors what you are experiencing, they can help solve problems and improve the outcome of your treatment. Teir answers to your questions can ease your fears and allow you to follow the treatment plan correctly.
Good communication lets you be an effective member of your cancer care team. Other members of your health care team—nurses, care coordinators, and licensed clinical social workers from Huntsman Cancer Institute Patient and Family Support—are also here to help you. Te more honest you are, the more they can help you.
Here are some pointers to help you communicate clearly:
• Bring a friend or family member with you to take notes at your appointments. Tat way, you can focus on listening to your health care team. Use the notes as a reminder later.
Good communication lets you be an effective member of your cancer care team.
• Ask your nurse or doctor to explain medical terms in simple language. Your team needs you to understand, and they will be happy to help you.
• After your doctor or nurse gives you instructions, repeat back what you heard. Tis will help your team know that you understand.
• Write down the instructions your doctor or nurse gives you. Tat way you can remember the details later.
• Ask questions about anything you do not understand. If you hear something that makes you feel scared, say so. More information from your doctor may help ease your fear.
• Tell your health care team about anything you have done that has helped with your symptoms or made them worse. Tis might include foods, herbs, or supplements you have taken. Your doctor will want to be sure they do not interfere with your treatments.
The more honest you are, the more your health care team can help you.
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