Surviving Mesothelioma
Benefits of recording your conversations with the doctor

After being diagnosed with any type of cancer, your conversations with your doctor tend to be very important. 

As a mesothelioma patient, you may have hundreds of questions.  The emotional turbulence going on inside of your mind combined with the sometimes hurried manners of some physicians, can often lead to these talks not being as informative or as substantive as you may like.  This is why it can be helpful to write down your questions ahead of time and record your key consultations with your doctors.


First you must get permission from all participants to record the conversation.  It can be illegal if you do not do this.  Once the tape recorder is rolling and all participants have agreed (on tape) to be recorded you may find the following advantages


Physicians are just like anyone else and when they are being recorded they may make an extra effort to spend more time with you, answer your questions as completely and accurately as possible, and be conservative about any claims.  For example, a doctor who tells you we will do this because this is the treatment we have for mesothelioma may take more time to explain the pros and cons and the success or lack of success to date when being recorded.


In addition, recording the conversation gives you “total recall” and the ability to focus on the conversation and not writing notes or trying to remember what was said.  A recording will give you a very accurate rendering of what exactly was said and by who.


Patients who record important consultations with their doctor  often can make more informed treatment decisions because they may get a more accurate picture of treatment options, know exactly what was said and be able to review the conversation and reflect on its content during a more peaceful time such as when they are home and away from the hospital.  For all these reasons such a strategy has its advantages.  But remember to get a person’s permission before you record them!


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Disclaimer: The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this article.