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Questions to ask your doctor

Use the questions below to help prepare for doctor visits throughout your journey

Questions to ask your doctor about your diagnosis

  • What kind of cancer do I have?
  • Where is the cancer located?
  • How do I get a copy of my pathology report with my diagnosis?
  • Has the cancer spread beyond where it started?
  • What’s the cancer stage? What does that mean for my health?
  • How will this affect my treatment options?
  • What are my chances of survival?
  • Will I need other tests before we start treatment?
  • Should I think about taking part in a clinical trial?

Questions to ask your doctor before treatment

  • What’s the goal of my treatment?
  • How does the treatment work?
  • How is the treatment given?
  • How often will I get treatment?
  • How many treatments will I have?
  • Where will I get treatment?
  • What lifestyle changes will I have to make?
  • What if the treatment doesn’t work or the cancer comes back?
  • What risks and side effects should I expect?
  • Will I be able to work during treatment?
  • Will the treatment hurt?
  • How can I best prepare for treatment?

Questions to ask your doctor during treatment

  • How will I know if the treatment is working?
  • Are there any limits on what I can do?
  • What symptoms or side effects should I tell you about right away?
  • What can I do to manage my side effects?
  • Will I need special tests during treatment? How often?
  • Can a family member or friend come with me to my treatment sessions?

Questions to ask your doctor after treatment

  • After my treatment, do I need to change the foods I eat?
  • Are there any limits to what I can do?
  • How often will I need follow-up exams and tests?
  • How will I know if the cancer has come back? What should I watch for?
  • What are my options if the cancer comes back?