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Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Your Treatment

Here are some questions to ask to help you decide on the best treatment for you.

  • What treatment options are available? 
  • What is the standard treatment for my tumor type?
  • What are the benefits and risks of each treatment option?
  • Are there clinical trials available for my tumor type? If so, where can I find clinical trials information?
  • When do I need to make a treatment decision? And when would I start treatment?
  • How long will I be on the treatment?
  • How will the treatment be administered (oral, IV)?
  • Where will I receive treatment?
  • How will you know if the treatment is working?
  • How often do you recommend I have imaging tests?
  • What are common treatment side effects?
  • How do you manage treatment side effects?
  • Are there long-term effects of the treatment?
  • Can I work and carry on with my normal activities during treatment?
  • What symptoms do I need to report? And what is the best way to report symptoms?  
  • How do I contact your team if I have treatment-related questions during the day, night, and weekends?
  • Will insurance cover the treatment?
  • If I want a second opinion, who do you recommend that I see?

We encourage you to print these questions and bring them with you to your appointment.

  • Posted: August 13, 2018

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