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Take Someone With You To Doctor Appointments

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A person who accompanies a patient to doctor visits is generally referred to as a Patient Advocate.

Experience indicates that having someone with you is particularly important for the initial meeting with a surgical oncologist. Patient advocates can help ask questions, help remember what the doctor said, and review the meeting with you afterward. 

To learn more about patient advocates, including the qualities to look for in the person, are in the document noted in "To Learn More."

Professional patient advocates are available if you do not have a family member or friend to fill the role.  (See "To Learn More.")

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