Tell Your Health Care Team How You Feel During Treatment for a Brain Tumor
Treating your cancer to get the best results is important. But your quality of life also matters. Let your doctor and nurse know if you are experiencing any side effects or discomfort. Make sure you tell your doctor or nurse how these problems affect your day-to-day life. Your health care team is there to help you manage your symptoms as well as to treat your cancer.
It’s normal to worry about any problems you may be having. You may ask yourself, “Is the cancer getting worse? Are the treatments working?” Talk with your doctor and nurse about your concerns. You also need to let them know as much about the problem as possible. Keep a record of the following information and bring it to your appointments.
What the problem is. Describe the problem (diarrhea, depression, appetite loss) that you’re concerned about. Be as specific as possible. Include what it feels like. For example, if you have discomfort somewhere, is it itchy, achy, or burning?
It may help you to keep a chart of your symptoms. Your chart might look something like this.
Sample Side Effects Tracker
(What did you do? Did it work?)
I tried to watch a funny video, but I couldn’t pay attention. I put a cool, wet towel on my forehead and lay down in a dark room. After a nap, I felt better.
Last Reviewed Date: 09/05/2010
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