This can help make sure your voice is heard and your needs are met. It’s important that you find a healthcare team you can trust that listens to your concerns.
Some doctors might have a more take-charge attitude with their treatment approach. Others may prefer to talk everything through with you first. It’s completely up to you which you prefer. The important thing is that you have the information you need about what’s going on with your body.
We want to help you build a solid partnership with your healthcare team by becoming your own healthcare champion. Here are some tips:
Stay organized by:
Some questions that might be helpful:
Track any changes in your health:
If possible, consider having someone come with you to appointments.
They can help you by:
Research has shown that bringing another person may help you have a more productive appointment. This can help strengthen the relationship between you and your doctor as well.
Ask for records about your visit before you leave the office. If you made any requests to the doctor, you can make sure they were added to your file.
Ask your doctor if they would be willing to share updates on your treatment with the other members of your healthcare team.
No matter where you are in your multiple myeloma (MM) treatment, it may be helpful to ask for an expert or second opinion from an MM specialist. Seeking an expert opinion is common and is standard medical practice.
A strong support community is important. Let’s look at some ways to get the help you need:
Find out more about the differences in how older patients are sometimes treated.
Get helpful resources that can help people with lower incomes make their treatment more affordable.
Look at how living in a rural area can affect access to treatments and how to close that gap.
Learn about disparities in MM treatment for racial and ethnic minorities and how to advocate for the care you deserve.
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