Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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Vaginal Cancer

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 10/2012
Questions to Ask the Doctor

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 vaginal cancer do I have?
  • Can you explain my pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
  • What is the stage of my cancer? What does this mean?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What clinical trials are open to me?
  • What treatment do you recommend? Why?
  • Who will be doing the surgery? How experienced is this surgeon with this type of cancer?
  • 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?
  • Will I need reconstructive surgery?
  • What are the possible side effects of treatment, both in the short term and the long term
  • How will this treatment affect my daily life? Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?
  • How will this treatment affect my sex life, and for how long?
  • Could this treatment affect my ability to become pregnant or have children? If so, should I talk with a fertility specialist before cancer treatment begins?
  • If I’m worried about managing the costs related to my cancer care, who can help me with these concerns?
  • How can I keep myself as healthy as possible during treatment?
  • What are the chances that the cancer 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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