Here is a list of questions to ask your healthcare provider:
What kind of cancer do I have?
Has it spread beyond where it started?
What lab tests were completed, and what did they show?
Do I need any additional lab tests or diagnostic studies?
What is the purpose of each test or study?
How will this information help determine what types of further tests or treatments I should have?
What are my treatment choices?
What are the expected benefits of each kind of treatment?
What are the risks of each treatment?
What are the side effects of each treatment?
What do you recommend and why?
Are there new treatments or clinical trials that I should consider?
How long will my treatment last?
What are my chances of being cured?
How will we know if this is working?
How will each treatment affect my daily life?
Will I be able to continue working during treatment?
What are the chances of the cancer coming back again?
Based on what you know about my cancer, how long do you think I'll survive?
Is there anything else I need to know?
Where can I get more information?
Will my insurance cover treatment? How much will it cost?
What can I do to get ready for treatment?
How will I reach you after hours, or during weekends and holidays if necessary?