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What can I do to understand my medical information while I’m coping with cancer?

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To better understand your medical information:

  • Ask your doctor and other health care providers to explain things you don't understand. They should address your questions and concerns.
  • Use resources and support offered by your hospital and community. Learning about your disease will help you feel comfortable with your treatment.
  • Ask your family and friends to help you sort through the information you get.
  • Talk with other patients and families about cancer and its treatment.

From: Coping With Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Cancer Society: ''Coping with Cancer in Everyday Life.'' National Cancer Institute: ''Advance Directives.''

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 27, 2018

SOURCES: American Cancer Society: ''Coping with Cancer in Everyday Life.'' National Cancer Institute: ''Advance Directives.''

Reviewed by Louise Chang on January 27, 2018

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