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Below you will find a set a tools designed for you to print and take to doctor's appointments. Each one contains prompts for information you should be getting from your providers and space to take notes. Don't forget: you have the right to ask as many questions as you need to. 

Here are some tips we've found helpful at doctor's visits: 

  • Make a list of questions for your care team

  • Always ask the most important question first

  • Bring a list of your medications, know your family history

  • Make a list of your prior surgeries and other medical problems

  • Coming prepared allows you more time to talk things over with your care team

  • Bring a friend or family member to take notes or ask to record the counseling session so you can listen to it again

 

  1. Know Before You Go: Abnormal bleeding - print and take this with you to guide a discussion with your doctor about abnormal bleeding. (This might be with your primary care doctor, or your ob-gyn) 
  2. Know Before You Go: Surgery - print and take this with you to your appointment with your surgeon (a gynecologic oncologist)
  3. Know Before You Go: Chemotherapy - print and take this with you to your first appointment with the doctor providing your your chemotherapy treatments (a medical oncologist) 
  4. Know Before You Go: Radiation- print and take this with you to your first appointment with the doctor providing your your radiation treatments (a radiation oncologist) 

If you have comments, questions, or feedback about the Know Before You Go tools, please click here, or send us an email at: info@ecanawomen.org

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A note about the sources we use for education materials:

We believe in providing you with information that you can trust. That means we take everything into consideration: strong medical evidence and wisdom and knowledge from the community. We also lean on health care providers focused on Black women’s health to contribute.

We don’t have all the answers. We also want to hear from YOU. Submit information that we might have missed or questions that you would like us to address.