Vulvar Cancer: Questions to Ask the Doctor

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

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 vulvar cancer do I have?
  • What is the stage of my 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 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 for me? For my family?
  • Whom do I call for questions or problems?

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