10 Essential Questions When You are Diagnosed with Cancer. . .

A cancer diagnosis puts everyone in a highly emotional state but it’s important to have a level head and ask the right cancer questions when you begin to talk with your doctor about treatment options.

If it all possible, take one or two people with you. Ideally, one person would not be a family member, which will let them be a bit less emotional and a better note taker.

Here are 10 cancer questions you need to ask when you talk with your doctor about your cancer treatment…

  1. What information do I need to help me make a decision about treatment?
  2. What information do you use to make treatment recommendations for me?
  3. What are your realistic goals for my treatment?
  4. What are the chances that I can be cured?
  5. What are my chances of a long-term response with good quality of life?
  6. Are there clinical trials available to me?
  7. How will I feel during treatment? Will I be able to work? Take care of my family? Travel? Be around young children?
  8. What help will I need in managing the side effects of treatment? When and for how long?
  9. Should I consider a second opinion regarding my diagnosis and treatment?
  10. Are there different approaches to treating my kind of cancer?

When you get home, take some time to go over your notes and reflect on what was said. Then reach out to your network – or one of the many cancer support organizations – for survivors of your cancer. They will be delighted to share their experiences and help guide you along.