Patients have a choice in their care.
It is important for patients to know that they do have choices in their care, including making the choice to not proceed with treatment. Open and honest communication is vital between the patient, oncologist and all members of the care team. Treatment will not be initiated until the patient has been thoroughly educated and informed consent has been obtained.
Write it down.
If possible, it is nice for the patient to bring a family member or friend to your appointments be a second set of ears. It is an emotional time for the patient, and it’s not uncommon to forget a lot of the information, especially during in the first few appointments. It’s a good idea to take notes, so that you can refer to them later to answer questions you may have.
It’s also a good idea to write down any questions or concerns you have prior to meeting with your oncologist so that he/she can make sure they have addressed your concerns.
Other common questions include: