Talking with Your Care Team

Everyone carries responsibility for healthy communication. Actively participating in your health care helps to open the lines of communication between you, your family members, caregivers and your healthcare team.

Communicating Your Symptoms & Side Effects

University of Texas MD Anderson’s Video Coach: “Talking about side effects”

Wendy Harpham, M.D., a physician and multiple-time cancer survivor, talks about side effects and how to discuss them with your doctor. She speaks from the wisdom of her own cancer experience and also that of treating patients in her practice. This program is created by the Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Enhancement program at MD Anderson.

Pocket Guide to Talking to Your Doctor about your Side Effects

The University of Texas MD Anderson’s I*Care Interpersonal Care and Relationship Enhancement program has created an easy pocket guide to help you communicate your symptoms to your healthcare team.

TEAMWORK: The Cancer Patient’s Guide To Talking With Your Doctor

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship has compiled this booklet of tips and tools to help you communicate with your healthcare team.

Center for Communication in Medicine

SpeakSooner™ ask questions now, live the answers program looks at the treatment and management of serious illness conversations that must begin with you, the patient. The toolkit includes a video and Difficult Conversations Workbook (free downloadable PDF) which helps patients understand and communicate their values, concerns and priorities so they can get the support they need and become more effective partners in their care.

Becoming an Empowered and Engaged Patient

NIH OCCAM Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine – Talking about Complementary and Alternative Medicine with Health Care Providers:  A Workbook and Tips  

This workbook is designed to help you talk with your health care provider(s) about your complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use during and after your cancer care. This workbook can be used in its entirety or as individual sheets to best meet your needs and interests.

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Health Care – Guide to Communication and Patient Preparedness

Schwartz has compiled a list of ways to better prepare for visits with healthcare providers (caregivers). They have also presented wonderful webinars on compassion and communication, and created Communication and Patient Preparedness.

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