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What to Ask Your Oncologist

It is estimated that in 2020, there were 1.8 million cancer diagnoses in America and approximately 600,000 deaths. This is a scary diagnosis that is not always fatal.

But the fear alone can prevent you from thinking clearly when you go to the doctor. Before you head to your oncologist Newport Beach, have these questions ready.

Ask your Oncologist

Spend some time at your first appointment getting comfortable, and don’t be afraid to make small talk to get to know them better. Every patient has their own approach, as does every doctor.

Write your questions down beforehand, because the emotions from just being there may have you forgetting your most important questions. Here are a few:

  • What is my diagnosis? What are the treatments?
  • How long will this take?
  • What are the benefits of each kind?
  • What are the risks, side effects?
  • What is your recommendation?
  • Can I still work?
  • Can I still have children?
  • Will I still have symptoms after treatment?

What to Bring With You

Before you meet your oncologist Newport Beach for the first time, take notes of all the different things happening in your life now. Are you more tired than usual? Do you have more pain? What is your family saying about your life now?

Write down every symptom. Everything that changes your life even a little now could be a symptom. Tell your new doctor everything.

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