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Why You Should Insist on Good Communication with Your Oncology Team

Fighting cancer is a very personal battle, but it’s one where a lot of players take part. Everyone around you, from your family members and doctors to others on your treatment team all play a role. The closer you work together as you go through treatments and put yourself on the road to recovery, the more likely it is you’ll gain the outcome desired. That’s why communication is critical for ensuring treatment success. The reality is cancer takes a toll not only on the body, but also the mind and the spirit. The more open those lines of communication are, the more effective treatments are likely to be.

How Can You Ensure Communication?

The key to communication with your treatment team is ensuring that you work with a patient-first practice. Your doctors, nurses, and others involved in your care should be willing to answer questions, explain procedures and potential side effects in-depth and talk with you about other concerns. From your lifestyle and the way you eat to how you’re holding up emotionally should all be topics of interest to them as they seek to treat not just the cancer, but also you as a person.

If your treatment team isn’t willing to answer questions, provide input or hear your concerns, you might find yourself feeling a bit alone as you go through the battle. Be sure to screen doctors and teams in advance. Ideally, you’ll want to work with a practice that not only brings expertise to the table, but also compassion.

Family and friends also play a large role in your recovery, but remember they too are going through their own personal battles as you fight yours. Be open and honest with each other and respectful of feelings and you’re likely to find your loved ones provide you the support and strength needed to see the fight through.

While cancer is a personal battle, a lot of players are involved in its fight. The more open communication happens to be, the more likely it is you’ll get the information, support, and guidance you need to put yourself on the path to good health.

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