• Communicating with Your Care Team after Cancer Treatment

    "Patients who are ending their treatment need to ask the question: 'Who is in charge of my care after treatment is over?"
    — Bernard M. Bandman, PhD 

    Effective Communication with Your Care Team

    Asking questions is one of the most important things you can do when you see your doctor and other members of your care team. Before you visit with your doctor, take time to prepare, so that you're ready to tell the doctor about your health and ask questions. This helps both of you work well together.

    What You Can Do

     

    At your first follow-up visit, ask your doctor or health care team about: 

    • The tests and follow-up care you need, and how often you will need them.
    • The kinds of physical problems you may have from your cancer treatment and what you can do to prevent, reduce, or solve them.
    • The potential long-term effects of treatment and the warning signs you should be aware of.
    • The warning signs that cancer may be coming back and what to do if you notice them.
    • Fears you may have about follow-up care.

    Find out more about your medical care after treatment. Understanding what to expect after cancer treatment can help survivors and their families plan for follow-up care, make lifestyle changes, stay hopeful, and make important decisions.

    Develop a wellness plan. When you meet with your doctor about follow-up care, you should ask about developing a wellness plan that includes ways you can take care of your physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.

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      "When I was discharged from the hospital, I couldn't believe how nervous and afraid I was because I had no idea what was going to happen next, in terms of testing and follow-up."
      – Richard Boyajian, RN, MS, ANP
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