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Talking to Your Doctor

Philadelphia chromosome–positive chronic myeloid leukemia (Ph+ CML)

Talking to Your Doctor About Your Condition and Treatment

Your relationship with your doctor and other health care providers is an important part of your treatment with TASIGNA® (nilotinib). Here are some suggestions for establishing strong communication with your health care providers.

BRING QUESTIONS

Bringing a list of questions can help you make sure you leave the doctor’s office with the answers you need.

ASK QUESTIONS

Don’t be afraid to ask your doctors and nurses questions. Your health care team is there to help you and wants you to have a good understanding of your condition and treatment.

TAKE NOTES

Bring pen and paper, or use the notes app on your smartphone, to jot down any information or instructions from your doctor. Not only can this help you remember important information, but can spur additional questions.

TAKE SOMEONE WITH YOU

Sometimes it’s easier to talk with your doctor when a spouse, friend, or partner is by your side. This person can also act as the note-taker.

SHARE INFORMATION

Chances are, you are working with several doctors and health care professionals regarding your treatment or other health conditions. Make sure that all of your providers are sharing important information with each other by providing your doctor with a list of all your physicians with their contact information, as well as a list of all the medications you're currently taking.

KNOW YOUR TEST RESULTS

Be sure to discuss your test results with your doctor and understand what they mean. It’s important to know if your treatment is working for you.

REMEMBER YOUR OTHER HEALTH NEEDS

Most of your energy right now may be going into treating Ph+ CML, but try not to neglect your other health needs. Be sure to have your blood pressure and cholesterol checked periodically and stay up-to-date on other periodic health exams.