Ba­sic ques­tions to ask?

C.A.R.E. - - Beginning The Journey -

Ask­ing your doc­tor ques­tions is an im­por­tant part of man­ag­ing your care. Your spe­cific ques­tions will be based on your unique sit­u­a­tion and they may change over time. Th­ese are the most com­mon ques­tions:

• What type of can­cer do I have? Where is it lo­cated? Has it spread?

• What is the stage of my can­cer? What does this mean?

• What is my prog­no­sis, or chance of re­cov­ery?

• How­much ex­pe­ri­ence do you have treat­ing this type of can­cer? Should I get a re­fer­ral to some­one with more of a spe­cialty?

• What are the treat­ment op­tions for my symptoms? Which treat­ments, or com­bi­na­tion of treat­ments, do you rec­om­mend? Why?

• What di­ag­nos­tic tests or pro­ce­dures will I need? How of­ten?

• When will I get the re­sults, and how will I re­ceive them? Over the phone or at my next ap­point­ment?

• What is the ex­pected timeline for my treat­ment? How soon will I begin it? Where?

• What are the short- and long-term side ef­fects of this treat­ment?

• How will you treat side ef­fects that I ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing treat­ment?

• How can I keep my­self as healthy as pos­si­ble dur­ing treat­ment?

• Will I be able to work dur­ing treat­ment?

• What life­style choices should I begin to make right now?

• What re­sources

and peo­ple should I reach out to right now, and in what or­der?

• Should I con­sider ge­netic testing or clin­i­cal tri­als?

• Is there any­thing else I should be ask­ing?

In the early stages of your di­ag­no­sis it is ben­e­fi­cial to seek mul­ti­ple opin­ions and

prop­erly chose your med­i­cal team. See Get­ting a Sec­ond Opin­ion on next page.

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