Tips for Telling Your Healthcare Team How You Feel During Treatment for Leukemia
Treating your leukemia to get the best results is important. But your quality of life also matters. Let your doctor or nurse know if you are experiencing any side effects or discomfort. Make sure to tell your doctor or nurse how these problems affect your day-to-day life. Your healthcare team is there to help you manage your symptoms as well as to treat your leukemia.
It’s normal to worry about any problems you may have. You may ask yourself, “Is the leukemia getting worse?” or “Are the treatments working?” Talk with your doctor or 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 take it to your appointments.
It may help to keep a chart of your symptoms. Yours might look something like this.
Sample Symptom Tracking Chart
Symptom or Side Effect
(What did you do? Did it work?)
Tried to watch a funny video, but couldn’t pay attention. Put a cool, wet towel on my forehead and lay down in a dark room. After nap, felt better.
Last Reviewed Date: 08/22/2009
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