Questions to Ask Your Doctor When You Find Out You Have Cancer
Learning that you have cancer can be a shock, and you may feel overwhelmed at first. When you meet with your doctor, you will hear a lot of information. These questions may help you to find out more about your cancer and what to expect going forward.
Questions about the cancer
- What type of cancer do I have?
- Can you explain my test results to me? Will I need more tests before treatment begins?
- What is the stage of my cancer? Has my cancer spread to other areas of my body?
- What is my chance of recovery?
- How will cancer and its treatment affect my body?
Questions about finding a specialist and getting a second opinion
- How do I decide where to go for treatment?
- Will I need a specialist(s) for my cancer treatment?
- Will you help me find a doctor to give me another opinion on the best treatment plan for me?
Questions about clinical trials
- Would a clinical trial (research study) be right for me?
- How do I find out about studies for my type and stage of cancer?
Questions about lifestyle, finances, and resources
- How will my daily activities, such as work or school, change?
- How can I get help if I feel anxious or upset about having cancer? If I need help coping with family responsibilities?
- What costs will my insurance cover? Who can answer my questions about how to pay for treatment?
- How can I get help with financial and legal issues (for example, getting financial assistance, preparing a will or an advance directive)?
- How can I get help with my spiritual needs?
- Can you suggest a support group that might help me?