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Cancer Treatment: Questions for Your Doctor

Here are 20 sample questions to ask your doctor about cancer treatment. Print and take this list with you to your next doctor visit.

Explore your options:

❏ What are the possible treatment options for me — and can you describe their risks and benefits?

❏ What usually works best for my type and stage of cancer?

❏ What other providers should I see to help determine the best treatment plan for me?

❏ How and when will you know if my treatment is working?

❏ What could happen if I chose not to be treated?

Learn about side effects:

❏ What are the most common side effects for the treatments I will receive?

❏ What might I do to help lessen them?

❏ Are there any side effects that may persist or be permanent?

❏ Could treatment affect my fertility?

❏ What side effects should I report to you?

Get ready for treatment:

❏ Will I need any medical tests before starting treatment?

❏ When and where can I get them?

❏ Will my care affect the medicines I currently take?

❏ Should I change my lifestyle — diet, activity level, etc. — either now or while I’m being treated?

❏ Are there other steps I can take to prepare for treatment?

Manage your recovery:

❏ How may you help me if I’m in pain or have other symptoms?

❏ Do you anticipate I may miss work for my treatment or recovery?

❏ Will I likely need assistance at home with care or household duties?

❏ Do you have recommendations for when I can resume certain activities (for example, exercise or work)?

❏ Which physical activities would you recommend for me while I’m recovering?

Add your own questions or notes:

The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and not intended to be nor should be construed as medical or other advice. You should consult your own doctor and/or an appropriate professional to determine what may be right for you. Treatment options mentioned may not be covered by your benefit plan. Check your plan for specific coverage details.

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