ON THIS PAGE: You will find some questions to ask your doctor or other members of your health care team, to help you better understand your diagnosis, treatment plan, and overall care. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.
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.
- What type of GTT do I have?
- Can you explain my pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
- What is the stage of the tumor? What does this mean?
- 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 I be able to have children after treatment? Should I talk with a fertility specialist before treatment begins?
- Could this treatment affect my sex life? If so, how and for how long?
- 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?
- What are the chances that the GTT will recur?
- 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?
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