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Why should I talk openly with my doctor if I have cancer?

If you have cancer, you may not be familiar with certain medical terms or know anything about the types of medicines that your health care team prescribes. Asking questions may be one of the best ways to learn about taking care of your health during and after cancer. Open communication with your health care team can also help you to be aware of new developments in care and treatments.

Good communication with your health care team can help you:
  • Find out about current information related to your cancer and treatment
  • Participate in decisions about your medical care
  • Better manage your symptoms and get quality follow-up care
  • Make the most of the time you have with your health care team
  • Reduce stress by making sure your questions are answered
  • Feel confident that you are getting the best health care

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