Uterine Cancer - Questions to Ask the Doctor

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 04/2016

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.

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. You may want to print this list and bring it to your next appointment, or download Cancer.Net’s free mobile app for an e-list and other interactive tools to manage your care.

Questions to ask about your risk of uterine cancer

  • Do I have a genetic predisposition to uterine cancer?

  • [If applicable] If I take tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer and later develop cancer of the uterus, will that affect my chances for successful treatment?

Questions to ask after getting a diagnosis

  • What type of uterine cancer do I have?

  • Can you explain my pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?

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

  • What is the grade of the tumor? What does this mean?

Questions to ask about choosing a treatment and managing side effects

  • What are my options for treatment?

  • What clinical trials are available for me? Where are they located, and how do I find out more about them?

  • Is hormone therapy one of the treatment options for this type and stage of uterine cancer?

  • What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?

  • What is the goal of each treatment? Is it to eliminate the cancer, help me feel better, or both?

  • Who will be part of my health care team, and what does each member do?

  • Who will be leading my overall treatment?

  • What are the possible side effects of each treatment, both in the short-term and the long-term?

  • Will this treatment affect my ability to become pregnant? 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 of cancer care, who can help me?

Questions to ask about planning follow-up care

  • What is the chance that the cancer will come back? Should I watch for specific signs or symptoms?

  • What long-term side effects or late effects are possible based on the cancer treatment I received?

  • What follow-up tests will I need, and how often will I need them?

  • How do I get a treatment summary and survivorship care plan to keep in my personal records?

  • Who will be leading my follow-up care?

  • What survivorship support services are available to me? To my family?

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