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    Asked by vtwebwitch on Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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    Somehow I come away from every doc meeting feeling I don't have enough answers.. The doctor isi very positive and I don't seem to have a tangible understanding of why.

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    • amontoya's Avatar
      amontoya

      Maybe because being positive is better than being negative. I went to every doctor appointment with a notebook of questions we had and I took notes when the doctor gave answers. If you're not understanding ask your doctor to slow down, take notes, and ask a lot of questions and you'll feel more informed. It's not only up to the doctor, as patients and caregivers we have to take an active role in our own treatment. Ask questions!!!

      over 6 years ago
    • RachaelC@StF's Avatar
      RachaelC@StF Community Outreach Coordinator 317-528-7794

      Having a loved one accompany you during your doctor visits might be helpful too - a second set of eyes and ears is always helpful in getting a more complete picture. You might hear something your loved one didn't, and vice versa. Also, ask that person to take notes for you. I'm sure you are taking in a lot of information at each doctor's appointment.
      One more thing- if you leave your appointments feeling like your physician isn't paying you the attention you deserve or being thorough in their answers, get a second opinion! Find a physician who will take the time to explain every last thing to you. You need a physician you can trust!!

      over 6 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      I always go in with a list of questions written down, and I usually take a tape recorder as well to record the meeting...try doing those things and also bring someone with you. You shouldn't be feeling that way, something tells me that your oncologist is very vague. Good luck and best wishes!

      over 6 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde

      Are you telling him you don't get it? He may not know you don't understand if you aren't communicating this to him.

      Also, he may be positive because you are in a good place. Cancer does not have to be all doom and gloom. Are you too busy looking for the negative to see the positive?

      over 6 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      It does seem that you may need to ask more questions. I would be happy to have him having a positive attitude. Mine have always had a positive attitude and the feeling that, this is nothing, we got this! A little gung ho even. I appreciate that, I don't want a bunch of Debbie Downers around me. Tell me like it is, but don't harp on it.

      Now for more information, I ask until I get the info I need, one doctor I even got up and stood in front of the door so he couldn't get out, as he was trying to escape the exam room before I had answers. So don't be afraid to speak up and ask what you need until you understand. Wishing the best for you!

      over 6 years ago
    • HeidiJo's Avatar
      HeidiJo

      Keep a pad of paper handy somewhere at home and write down all the questions you have. No question is too small. Bring the paper to the doctors with you. My doctor would answer all my questions, no matter how long it took.

      over 6 years ago

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