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Your Lifestyle; Your Health!

Communication is key...

Knowing about your disease or condition is one of the first steps in understanding what can be done to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Many of your questions can be answered by your doctor. Below is a sample list of questions that can aid you in learning about your condition or disease.

General Information

  1. What do you think is causing my problem?
  2. Is there more than one condition or disease that could be causing my problem?
  3. What tests will you do to diagnose the problem?
  4. How good are the tests for diagnosing the problem and the conditions?
  5. What is the likely course of this condition? What is the long-term outlook with and without treatment?
  6. If my symptoms worsen, what should I do on my own? When should I contact you?
  7. Should I watch for any particular symptoms and notify you if they occur?
  8. Are you aware of each of the medications that I am taking? Can they adversely interact with the medications you are prescribing for me?
  9. Should we monitor for side effects of the medications that you are prescribing or for their interactions with other medications I am taking?
  10. Can my condition be treated?
  11. How will this condition affect me now and in the future?
  12. Should I make changes in my lifestyle?
  13. What over-the-counter medications should I avoid?

Blood Pressure

  1. How often should I have my blood pressure checked?
  2. What should my blood pressure be?

Cancer

  1. What type of cancer do I have? What is the stage or extent of my cancer?
  2. What is my prognosis?
  3. What treatment do you recommend? Why?
  4. What is the goal of treatment; cure or control of my symptoms?
  5. What are the possible risks or side effects of treatment?
  6. What are the pros and cons of my treatment?
  7. Are there other treatments for me to consider?
  8. How often will I need to come in for treatment or tests?
  9. How long will my treatments last?
  10. Will my life change? Will I need to make changes in my work, family life, and leisure time?
  11. What are the names of the medicines I will take? What are they for?
  12. How will you know that my treatment is working?
  13. If other specialists take part in my care, who will coordinate my entire treatment program?
  14. What symptoms or problems should I report right away?
  15. If I do not feel sick, does that mean the treatment is not working?
  16. What are the chances that my cancer may recur (come back), with the treatment programs we have discussed?
  17. What can I do to be ready for treatment?
  18. Are there any special foods I should or should not eat?
  19. Can I drink alcoholic beverages?
  20. What is the best time to call you if I have a question?

Diabetes

  1. What is the right weight for me?
  2. What kinds and amounts of food are right for me?
  3. If you take medicine for diabetes: How much medicine should I take? When should I take it?
  4. If you smoke: What can I do that will help me stop smoking?
  5. How should I take care of my feet? How do I check for loss of feeling in my feet? If there is loss of feeling, you should report it to your doctor.

Leukemia

 
  1. Exactly what kind of leukemia does me or my child have?
  2. What are the prognostic features?
  3. What are the treatment choices?
  4. What do you recommend, and why?
  5. What side effects are there to the treatments that you recommend?
  6. What is me or my child's outlook for survival?
  7. What can be done to help reduce the side effects from the chemotherapy?
  8. What are the chances that the leukemia will come back once me or my child is in remission?

Surgery

  1. What operation are you recommending?
  2. Why do I need the operation?
  3. Are there alternatives to surgery?
  4. What are the benefits of having the operation?
  5. What are the risks of having the operation?
  6. What if I don't have this operation?
  7. Where can I get a second opinion?
  8. What has been your experience in doing the operation?
  9. Where will the operation be done?
  10. What kind of anesthesia will I need?
  11. How long will it take me to recover?
  12. How much will the operation cost?
  13. How old is the doctor?

Tests

  1. What kind of tests will I have?
  2. What do you expect to find out from these tests?
  3. When will I know the results?
  4. Do I have to do anything special to prepare for any of these tests?
  5. Do these tests have any side effects or risks?
  6. Will I need more tests later?

Treatment

  1. What is the treatment for my condition?
  2. When will the treatment start and how long will it last?
  3. What are the benefits of this treatment, and how successful is it?
  4. What are the risks and side effects associated with this treatment?
  5. Are there foods, drugs, or activities I should avoid while I am on this treatment?
  6. If my treatment includes taking a medicine, what should I do if I miss a dose?
  7. Are other treatments available?

Women's Health

  1. How often do I need a mammogram?
  2. How often do I need a Pap test?

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