Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Your Treatment
Here are some questions to ask your doctor to help you decide on the best treatment for you.
- What treatments (chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, surgery, etc.) are available for my tumor type?
- What is the standard treatment for my tumor type? If there are not standard guidelines, what treatment options would you recommend for my tumor type and why?
- What are the benefits and risks of each treatment option?
- If my treatment requires a specialist, such as a neurosurgeon or neuroradiologist, could you recommend one?
- Are there clinical trials available for my tumor type? If so, where can I find clinical trial 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 (orally, intravenously, or via another form)?
- Where will I receive treatment?
- How will you know if the treatment is working? If the treatment is not working, are there other options?
- How often do you recommend I have imaging tests?
- What are common treatment symptoms or side effects?
- How do you manage treatment symptoms or side effects?
- Are there long-term effects of the treatment?
- Can I work and carry on with my normal activities during treatment?
- What symptoms or side effects do I need to report? And what is the best way to report them?
- How do I contact your team if I have treatment-related questions during the day, night, or weekends?
- Will insurance cover the treatment?
- If I want a second opinion, whom do you recommend I see?
- Can you recommend online educational resources where I can read more information about treatments?
We encourage you to print these questions and bring them with you to your appointment.