Medical terminolgy?

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Medical terminolgy?

by Snowdr on Mon May 19, 2014 03:21 AM

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Is there a place to refer to when dumbfounded by all the medical terminology?  Sometimes even the Dr is not only way over my head - but being from another country is hard to understand.  Not to mention I seem to always forget to ask something while there and it is only once a month we see her.

Thanks -

Melanie

RE: Medical terminolgy?

by kat54 on Mon May 19, 2014 11:51 AM

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I kept a notebook handy and wrote question as I thought of them and took it too all apointments then asked de to spell words and talk slowly. i wrote down everything. 21 years later I still use same notebook. 

RE: Medical terminolgy?

by RobinMB on Mon May 19, 2014 09:15 PM

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Hi Melanie,

The medical terminology associated with cancer is truly complex.  I found brochures available in the oncologist's office that explained much of the terminology.  Please ask the doctor if there is a publication available that will help you understand the terminology.  You can also go to the following websites:

MyCancerAdvisor.com   or PatientResource.net

Please take care and remember that if you want to ask some questions about the terminology, we are all happy to help on this site as well.

All my best,

Robin

RE: Medical terminolgy?

by johngiustino on Tue May 20, 2014 03:02 AM

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I hope this will be helpful:

http://www.abta.org/brain-tumor-information/

Best regards,

JG

RE: Medical terminolgy?

by jon4156 on Tue May 20, 2014 10:37 AM

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Bringing a notebook is a good idea.  Write down questions when they come to you so you can ask at your next appointment.  Write down info the doctor tells you so you don't forget it later on.

Be polite, respectful, but assertive with the doctor.  If you don't understand something just say, I don't understand please repeat that.  Or literally ask them to speak in "plain language" so you can understand.  I never leave the office with any questions because it's too important to make sure the care you give at home is performed correctly.

A general GOOGLE search of medical terms will typically get you all the references you need.  Some folks in this forum are pretty good with understanding or researching medical terms so ask here as well if you can't find it yourself.

 

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