Follow-up visits
  • Maintain a list of your medications and keep it in your wallet or bring your pill bottles with you to every visit.  
  • Before the visit, check to see if you need any prescription refills.
     
  • Write down your questions when you think of them and list them in priority order.  
  • Ask your most important questions first before “the doctor is needed on the phone”.  
  • Be prepared to explain how a particular treatment affected you. Specific examples are helpful.  
  • If there is a specific article or paper that you think applies to you, read it and bring it with you.  
  • Bring your current insurance cards.  
  • If you have a billing question, bring copies of your bills to the financial counselor.  
  • Alert the staff of any new allergies that may have surfaced since your last visit.  
  • Inform your doctor of other doctor visits that are pending, new medications or new medical problems that have come up since your last visit.  
  • If you are tracking your blood pressure or weight, please ask the doctor’s assistant to write them down for you.  
  • Leave  with a clear sense of which mutally agreed upon goals are to be accomplished prior to the next visit.

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"At a time when our world had suddenly changed for the worst, our nurse consultant became our guiding light to help us make crucial decisions."
- Bill and Jane N.
Breast Cancer Survivor, North Carolina