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Your first appointment to discuss your cancer diagnosis with your physician can be overwhelming. You will probably feel a mix of emotions and you may not know where to begin.
There are two things to keep in mind right away:
Here are basic questions you may want to ask your doctor when first diagnosed:
It can be difficult to remember everything your doctor tells you during your first appointment. Bring a family member or friend with you to help you make sure all of your questions have been answered.
If you don’t understand something your doctor tells you, ask your doctor to explain it differently. You should feel comfortable talking to your doctor and you should leave your appointment with all of your questions answered.
Remember to take this news one day at a time. You are not alone in your cancer journey and there is a lot of support available.
Learn more about cancer services at Edward-Elmhurst Health.
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