Here is a list of questions to ask your healthcare provider:
What kind of cancer do I have?
Where is it?
Has it spread beyond where it started?
What's the stage of the cancer? What does that mean?
Is this cancer linked to genetic (inherited) factors? Are my family members at risk?
What have the tests shown?
Do I need any more lab tests or imaging scans?
What is the purpose of each test or scan?
How will this information help decide what types of other tests or treatments I should have?
What are my treatment options?
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 advise 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 soon do I need to start treatment?
How will we know if treatment is working?
How will each treatment affect my daily life? My sex life? My ability to have children?
Will treatment affect how I look? How my body works?
Will I be able to work during treatment?
What are the chances that the cancer will come 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 I have to pay?
What can I do to get ready for treatment?
How will I reach you after hours, or during weekends and holidays?