Cancer Questions before treatment

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These are questions that you should ask your doctor

General cancer questions

  • What is the name of my cancer?
  • Which parts of my body are affected?
  • Is it possible to completely cure my cancer?

Questions about cancer investigations

  • Why are you doing this test?
  • What will this investigation involve?
  • What information will you get?
  • How accurate is this test?
  • What are the risks to me in this test?
  • Will the results of this test make any difference to the treatment you provide?
  • What are the results of tests I have already had?
  • What stage is my cancer?

Questions about cancer treatment

  • What is the aim of treatment that is being suggested?
    • is it to cure?
    • is it for temporary control?
    • is it to reduce symptoms?
  • What is the chance of the treatment working?
  • What will happen if I have no treatment?
  • How long before I know if treatment is working?
  • What difference will this treatment make to my quality of life – can I work, have sex, etc.?
  • Will I receive cancer treatment as an outpatient or be admitted to hospital?
  • How is the treatment given?
  • How does the treatment work?
  • How much will these treatments cost?
  • What else can I do to help treatment?
  • What if this treatment does not work?

Side effects of treatment

  • What are the possible side effects of treatment?
  • Can these side effects be prevented or controlled?
  • Are the side effects temporary or permanent, and how long will they last?

Participating in clinical trials

  • Are there any clinical trials suitable for me?
  • What are the benefits of the trial that you suggest for me?