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    How can I calm my nerves when going to the doctor?

    Q. Ever since my diagnosis, going to the doctor makes me very nervous. What can I do to calm my nerves?

    A. Going to the doctor can be very stressful, even without a cancer diagnosis. To help stay calm, start by leaving early for your appointment, so you have plenty of time to drive, park, and get into the office.

    Remember, it helps to be prepared: Keep a notebook of questions you want to ask and bring a pen to write down the answers. Ask the doctor to repeat the information if you can’t write everything down fast enough, or ask if it’s okay to record your conversation to listen to later. Don’t be afraid to admit that you don’t understand something, and ask that it be repeated in a different way. It may also help to bring a friend or relative along for support, if possible.

    While you’re waiting, practice deep breathing exercises—give yourself a few deep breaths to help you focus and relax.

    Para solicitar información en español, llame al 1-800-227-2345. Un especialista en información sobre el cáncer le asistirá en español.

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