A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. You have lots of questions – here are some to remember to ask your doctor(s). And you may want to bring a family member or friend with you to your appointments, to listen and help take notes.
- What stage is my cancer?
- Can you tell if this is a fast-growing type of cancer, or a slow-growing type?
- What tests will I have?
- When should I expect the results from these tests?
- What will these tests tell me about my cancer?
- How long after I have these tests will I know the results?
- If I need to get copies of my records, scans, X-rays, whom do I contact?
- Do I have to do anything special to prepare for the tests?
- Do these tests have any side effects?
- How many doctors will be involved in my care? Who are they? What are their roles?
- Who will be in charge of coordinating my care and the rest of the doctors?
- What is the standard treatment for my type of cancer?
- Are there any other treatments that might be appropriate for my type of cancer?
- What treatment do you recommend? On what do you base your recommendation?
- What are the risks or benefits of the treatment you are recommending?
- How long does each treatment last?
- How long is the entire course of therapy?
- What type of results should I expect to see with the treatment?
- What will it feel like to get treated?
- Can someone accompany me to my treatment?
- Can I drive to and from my appointments? Is parking available?
- Can I stay alone after my treatments, or do I need to have someone stay with me?
- Are there any lifestyle changes you would recommend?
Provided by the WellStar Cancer Network. wellstar.org