Going through breast cancer or any illness can be overwhelming when it comes to your doctors visit. The doctors often use medical terminology that can be confusing, and you may not always think of certain questions to ask on the spot. Plus, doctor’s offices can often increase a patient’s anxieties and stress which can lead a doctor’s visit to be less productive. But we want to ensure you get the most out of your doctor’s visit, so here are a few things to remember.
1. Determine your goal of the doctors visit
By determining exactly what you are hoping to get out of this appointment, this will help you determine what questions to ask so that you can leave your appointment feeling much more comfortable and knowledgeable. Here are a few questions to ask yourself beforehand. You can also find more questions here.
- Is this appointment just a preventative or a follow-up?
- Are you looking for a new treatment plan or having issues with your current one?
- Do you want to talk about your future possibilities?
2. Create a list of your specific questions
Creating a list and taking it with you will allow you to be sure you don’t forget anything during your doctors visit. Plus thinking of the questions to ask beforehand gives you plenty of time to make sure you cover all the bases. Here are examples of questions you might want to ask…
- What exactly is my disease or condition and how will this affect me?
- What are my treatment options and suggested plan?
- What does this mean for my future?
3. Bring a journal or notepad
Having the ability to write down the answers and any new items you might learn will allow you to retain all the information the doctor tells you during your visit so that you don’t forget any important items from the questions you asked. You can bring a journal or just write down the answers in your notes on your phone but be sure to document so you don’t forget in the future. You can also download our free Create Wellness booklet that lists FAQ’s as well as has a place to write down the answers.