You and your family play an important role in making sure that your health care needs are met as successfully and safely as possible.

It is important for patients to take an active role in their health care. Be prepared with questions to ask your doctor, and make sure you understand all of your treatment options. Think about who should be involved in decisions about your treatment, and plan ahead for unexpected medical events and end-of-life care. Being open with your doctor and making informed decisions will help you get the best care possible.