Talking to Your Healthcare Provider About Esophageal Cancer
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about your personal risk factors and/or experience with esophageal cancer. By talking openly and regularly with your healthcare provider, you can take an active role in your care.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your healthcare provider:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Healthcare Provider
About Your Risk of Developing Esophageal Cancer
About Treatment Options
About Quality of Life Issues
About End-of-Life Preparations
When to Contact Your Healthcare Provider
You will be in frequent contact with your healthcare team. Arrange a time to discuss these important issues and events:
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Last reviewed December 2016 by Mohei Abouzied, MD
Last Updated: 12/10/2015
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