A doctor's appointment can be a frustrating situation. There are a lot of things to think about and a lot of details to remember. You will make the most of your time by making a list of questions for the meeting. Be certain that the most important questions are at the top of your mind. Prior to their doctor's appointment, some patients e-mail or fax their questions to the clinic. We have a few ideas for you:
1. Before you go, do some research
Having a basic understanding of lung cancer is always good. This foundational knowledge will enable you to ask more important, well-informed questions.
2. Before the appointment, write down any questions or concerns you have.
If you have specific questions or issues that you'd like answered, it's best to write them down before the appointment.
3. Take down some notes
With all of the details you'll get during your appointment, it's possible to become overwhelmed. Bring a pen and paper to scribble down as much detail as you can.
4. Bring somebody with you
Even if the person who is aiding you can only join you over the phone, getting a second set of ears and someone to comfort you through a tough time is priceless. It also allows them to ask any questions that they may have.
5. Do not be afraid to ASK
Ask for guidance or an explanation if you don't understand something; if you don't understand the language, ask the doctor to explain it to you in simple terms. This is your appointment, and the doctor should be able to spend some time placing you at ease by answering any questions you might have.
6. Don't be afraid to seek medical advice from a second doctor
At any time, you have the choice of seeing a new doctor. If you want to confirm that their prescribed care plan is the right one or if you didn't like your first doctor, don't be afraid to seek out another opinion or oncologist. You must trust and have confidence in this doctor because he or she will most likely be in your life for a long time.
7. Make copies of your records and reports
Even if you don't want to see another doctor right now, you might decide that you need a second opinion in the future. It is important to have copies of your medical records and documentation (such as CT scans, MRIs, and biopsies) on hand to ensure that this phase runs smoothly. Copies of these records can be difficult to come by if they are more than a few years old, so gathering them is vital.
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