Questions You May Want to Ask Your Doctor About Diagnosis and Treatment

You may want to consider asking some of the following questions about your diagnosis and treatment options.
  1. What kind of cancer do I have?
  2. How quickly will I be seen by a specialist?
  3. What are my tests for and when will I get the results?
  4. Is my doctor a recognized cancer specialist?
  5. Can I seek a second opinion?
  6. Will my general practitioner be notified of my diagnosis?
  7. How quickly will treatment start, what will it be like and what are the side effects?
  8. Can I have chemotherapy in my local hospital?
  9. Who should I contact if I am worried about my diagnosis, treatment or prognosis?
  10. Who can offer support to me and my family?
  11. What are the early signs of my type of cancer?
  12. What are my treatment choices?
  13. What are the risks associated with treatment?
  14. How long will my treatment last?
  15. How will treatment affect my daily activities?
  16. Do I need an operation? What kind of operation will it be? How will I feel after the operation?
  17. Will I need more treatment after surgery and how long will I be in the hospital?
  18. What are my treatment choices?
  19. What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment and what can be done about them?
  20. Will I have to be in the hospital to receive treatment?
  21. What are the chances that the treatment will be successful?
  22. Is there research for new treatments?
  23. What can I do to take care of myself during therapy?