Understanding and Remembering What the Doctor Says

There are many reasons why people often don’t understand or remember important parts of talks with their doctors. Just as important, there are many TEAMWORK tools you can use to help you with this important part of your cancer experience:

Ask a family member or friend to go with you
Take notes during the visit
Try to picture (visualize) what is being explained to you
Ask the doctor to explain in terms familiar to you
Ask how you can learn more
Reword your question and/or the doctor’s answer
Verbalize (say) what you heard
Take a small recording device like a tape recorder or cell phone with you