Cancer treatment can be complex. If you’re weighing your options, your mind may be filled with questions for your doctor. But you may not be sure where to begin.
And when you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s easy to forget what you wanted to ask. Taking the time to write down your questions before doctor visits can help.
When you have answers, you may feel more confident about your choices.
Here’s a starter list of common questions. You’ll likely have ones of your own.
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1. What are my treatment options? Can you describe the risks and benefits?*
2. Which treatment — or combination of treatments — usually works best for my type and stage of cancer?
3. What other providers should I see to help determine the best treatment plan for me?
4. How and when will you know if my treatment is working?
5. What could happen if I chose not to be treated — or to stop treatment?