Questions for Your Doctor and Preparing for Appointments

12 Quick Tips for Getting Organized After a Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

Getting organized after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can help you feel more in control.

For a dozen organizational tips, visit pancan.org, the website of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. You might also read about gathering information and making decisions, at lustgarten.org, the website of the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research.

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Questions to Ask During Your Healthcare Appointments

Some suggested questions to ask during your pancreatic cancer appointments are on cancer.net, the website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)


Talking often with the doctor and other members of the healthcare team helps you make informed decisions about your health care and treatment plan. It also helps to keep the lines of communication open.

Tips for Preparing for Your Healthcare Appointments

From writing down all your current symptoms, to making a list of all the medicines, vitamins, or supplements you're taking, there are a number of things you can do before your appointments so you can get the most out of them.

For some appointment preparation tips, visit Cancer.org.

Questions to Ask When Making Healthcare Appointments

Getting the answers to some practical questions, and the basic facts you need ahead of time, can reduce stress and anxiety about your upcoming appointments and help you get the most out of them.

For a list of questions to ask in preparation for your appointments, visit cancer.net, the website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Why and How to Keep a Personal Medical Record

  • Give new doctors the information they need to help provide you with the best medical care
  • Take the time you need at home to read and understand your records
  • Better manage health insurance claims, taxes, and disability and life insurance claims

For additional reasons why a personal medical record is important, and ideas for how to create and organize yours, visit cancer.net, the website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Making The Most of Your Visit (From a Doctor’s Point of View)

Your healthcare team may also have suggestions for making the most out of your appointments. Consider asking them directly how they’d like you to prepare for your appointments.

For one physician’s ideas about making the most out of your healthcare appointments, visit pancreasfoundation.org, the website of the National Pancreas Foundation.

How to Prepare for Chemotherapy

You may be surprised that many doctors recommend you visit your dentist before you start treatment. Your doctor and healthcare team will tell you if you should, and what else you should do to prepare for your specific chemotherapy treatment.

For information and general steps you may take to prepare for chemotherapy, visit Cancer.net.

How to Prepare for a Mental Health Appointment

A serious disease like pancreatic cancer can affect more than the body. Some people find the stresses and challenges of the disease can also cause symptoms of depression. Their primary physicians may refer them to specialists in treating conditions like these. Taking steps to prepare for the appointment can help.

For ways to prepare for a mental health appointment, visit MentalHealthAmerica.net, the website of Mental Health America.