Talking often with the doctor is important to make informed decisions about your health care. These suggested questions are a starting point to help you learn more about your cancer care and treatment. You are also encouraged to ask additional questions that are important to you.
Prevention/before a diagnosis of cervical cancer
- Should I receive the HPV vaccine?
- Should I be tested for HPV infection? What does this mean?
- How often should I have a Pap test?
After a diagnosis of cervical cancer or precancer
- What is my diagnosis, and what does it mean?
- What is the stage of the precancer or cancer? What does this mean?
- Can you explain my pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
- What are my treatment options?
- What clinical trials are open to me?
- What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
- Who will be part of my health care team, and what does each member do?
- Who will be coordinating my overall treatment and follow-up care?
- What are the possible side effects of this treatment, both in the short term and the long term?
- Will this treatment affect my ability to become pregnant in the future? Should I talk with a fertility expert before starting treatment?
- How will this treatment affect my daily life? Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?
- If I’m worried about managing the costs related to my cancer care, who can help me with these concerns?
- Should I stop have sex during treatment?
- Will my sex life be affected after treatment?
- What can I do to stay healthy as possible during and after treatment?
- What follow-up tests will I need, and how often will I need them?
- What support services are available to me? To my family?
- Whom do I call for questions or problems?