Follow the Health Fusion podcast on Apple, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. “Always understand what we’re trying to accomplish with the treatment we’re proposing,” Fujioka says. “Are we trying to control the cancer? Are we trying to control it for a period of time? And be sure to understand the balance between acceptability of side effects versus quality of life.” For comments or other podcast episode ideas, email Viv Williams at email@example.com. Or on Twitter/Instagram/FB @vivwilliamstv.
“The most important thing is to ask questions,” Greeno says. “And to not be afraid — when you’re overwhelmed and its not making sense, or you just asked a question and you got an answer that flew right over your head — to ask again so you really understand what’s going on.” Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Make sure you know exactly what kind of cancer you have.Once you know the type of cancer you have, make sure you understand how far advanced it is. Treatment for an early cancer may be very different than treatment for a more advanced cancer. Be sure to understand what the cancer means for you. Have an honest and open discussion with your health care provider about realistic expectations.Be sure to understand what the goals are for treatment. Dr. Edward Greeno and Dr. Naomi Fujioka are oncologists at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. They listed the five key pieces of information you should get from your health care provider in order to make informed decisions about your cancer journey. The first is a no brainer, but the most critical.
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