Questions you may wish to ask

  1. How extensive is my cancer?
  2. What stage is it?
  3. What treatment do you advise for my cancer?
  4. Why is this treatment recommended?
  5. Are there other treatment choices for me?
  6. What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
  7. What is the aim of the treatment?
  8. How long is the treatment for?
  9. Is there a cost for this treatment?
  10. How do I know if the treatment is working?
  11. What if the treatment doesn’t work?
  12. What happens if I don’t have treatment?
  13. If I choose not to have treatment either now or in the future, what services are available to help me?
  14. If I need further treatment, what will it be like and when will it begin?
  15. Will I still be able to have children?
  16. Will the treatment affect my sexual relationships?
  17. How frequent will my check-ups be and what will they involve?
  18. Can I have a second opinion?
  19. Can you refer me to someone else?
  20. Can you suggest any books I can read?

If there are answers you do not understand, feel comfortable to say:

  • “Would you please explain that again?”
  • “I am not sure what you mean.”
  • “Would you please draw a diagram, or write it down?”

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