When it’s time to meet with your oncologist for the first time, they
will usually have you walk them through your story. This serves
First, it allows them to confirm the information collected and fill
in any gaps.
Secondly, it gives them an opportunity to get to know you better.
As a result of this conversation, they’ll be able to learn more about
your hopes, concerns, and goals, and can work to create a
treatment plan that is best for you.
In telling your story, it’s important to never withhold information.
Try to be as complete as you can be, and when in doubt, err on the
side of oversharing. The more information you provide, the better
aligned you’ll be with your team. Don’t worry if you get stuck;
your doctor will have your medical chart, and they can use it to
help guide you through each milestone.
In addition, you may find it beneficial to have someone
accompany you during your initial visit. Not only can they provide
emotional support, but they can also take notes, help you
remember important dates, and process things after the visit.
“These conversations are always helpful and absolutely essential.
By hearing my patient’s perspective, I’m able to get a sense of how
to best meet their demands and help them reach their goals,” says