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Talking to Your Doctor About Sickle Cell Disease
by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
You have a unique medical history. It is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with sickle cell disease. By talking openly and regularly 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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Tips for talking to your doctor. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at:
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Updated May 2014. Accessed December 13, 2016.
Last reviewed December 2016 by Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 5/20/2015
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