Lacrimal Gland Tumor: Questions to Ask the Doctor

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 08/2015

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 medical 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 after getting a diagnosis

  • What is my diagnosis?

  • What type of tumor is it? Is it cancerous?

  • If benign, will it turn malignant?

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

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

  • Do I need treatment right away?

Questions to ask about choosing a treatment and managing side effects

  • How often do you treat people with this type of tumor?

  • What are my treatment options?

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

  • What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?

  • What are the advantages of combining surgery and chemotherapy and radiation therapy?

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

  • Could this affect my vision? How and for how long?

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

  • Should I get a second opinion?

  • What is my prognosis (chance of recovery)?

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

  • Who will be coordinating my overall treatment?

  • 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?

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

  • Whom should I call for questions or problems?

  • Is there anything else I should be asking?

Questions to ask about having surgery

  • What type of surgery will I have? Will lymph nodes be removed?

  • How long with the operation take?

  • How long will I be in the hospital?

  • Can you describe what my recovery from surgery will be like?

  • What are the possible long-term effects of having this surgery?

  • Can you recommend an experienced surgeon?

  • How will you be able to tell if the entire tumor was removed during surgery?

  • Will I have problems with my vision afterwards? For how long?

  • What changes to my appearance can I expect?

  • Will I need to see a plastic surgeon?

  • Will I need to see an ocularist (a person who makes prosthetic eyes) or an anaplastologist (a person who works with the surgery team to reconstruct the face)?

Questions to ask about having an eye removed

  • How do I adjust to using one eye?

  • How long will it take me to recover?

  • What rehabilitation services are available?

  • How soon can I get a prosthesis (artificial eye)?

  • When do I get a permanent prosthesis?

  • How do I care for my prosthesis?

Question to ask about having radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or immunotherapy

  • What type of treatment is recommended?

  • What is the goal of the treatment?

  • How long will it take to give this treatment?

  • What does the preparation for this treatment involve?

  • What is the risk to my vision with this treatment?

  • What side effects can I expect during treatment?

  • What are the possible long-term effects of having this treatment?

  • What can be done to relieve the side effects?

Questions to ask about planning follow-up care

  • What is the risk of the cancer returning? Are there signs and symptoms I should watch for?

  • 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 coordinating my follow-up care?

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

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