Talking to Your Doctor About Sickle Cell Disease
by Amy Scholten, MPH
You have your own health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and background with sickle cell disease. By talking openly and often with your doctor, 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 doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About the Risk of Developing Sickle Cell Disease
About Sickle Cell Disease
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
About Your Outlook
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Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 3/4/2021
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