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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 is the stage of my disease? 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?
- Can chemotherapy control my cancer?
- What is the goal of each treatment?
- What treatment, or combination of treatments, do you recommend? Why?
- What are the possible short-term and long-term side effects of each treatment?
- 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?
- How will this treatment affect my daily life? Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?
- Could this treatment affect my sex life? If so, how 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 medical care, who can help me with these concerns?
- How can I keep myself as 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?