Plan ahead

Although a change to your daily routine could possibly throw your schedule off, by being prepared and planning ahead, you can take charge of your own health. Keep a log of your medications in your wallet or purse with your doctor’s contact information and the pharmacy where your medicine was filled. Leave a copy at home and make sure your family knows where to find the list in case of an emergency.

If you are planning to go away on a business trip or on a vacation, check that you have enough medicine to last in case your return is delayed. If you notice that you do not have enough medicine and it’s too early to ask for a refill, talk to your pharmacist. He or she may be able to call your insurance company and explain the situation on your behalf.

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Communicating your needs

A major strategy in helping you take your pills on schedule is to maintain open communication withmembers of your health care team. Whether you are having problems with side effects or feeling anxious about adhering to your treatment schedule, share your feelings with loved ones, your doctor, or an oncology social worker.

If you are having trouble with your vision and are worried about taking your medicine as directed,talk to your doctor. Your pharmacy may also be able to help by printing larger labels if you let themknow in advance.

Remember, the people in your support community, including health care professionals and loved ones, arethere to help you cope. By working together with them as a team, you can manage your treatment schedule and enhance your quality of life.