Questions you may wish to ask
You may find this list helpful when thinking about the questions you may want to ask your doctor about your cancer and treatment.
1. Has my cancer spread? If so, how far?
2. What are my chances of cure?
3. What treatment do you advise for my cancer and why?
4. Will my treatment be performed by a doctor who specialises in cancer of the uterus?
5. Are there other treatment choices for me? If not, why not?
6. Are there any clinical trials of new treatments that I should know about?
7. What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
8. What if I decide not to have any treatment?
9. Will I have to stay in hospital, or will I be treated as an outpatient?
10. How long will the treatment take? How much will it affect what I can do? How much will it cost?
11. How will I know if the treatment is working?
12. Will I have a lot of pain with the treatment? What will be done about this?
13. If I need further treatment, what will it be like and when will it begin?
14. Will the treatment affect me sexually or physically? Will I be able to do normal things?
15. How often will my check-ups be and what will they involve?
16. Are there any problems I should watch out for?
17. I would like to have a second opinion. Can you refer me to someone else?
18. Is my cancer hereditary?
If there are answers you do not understand, feel comfortable to say, ‘Can you explain that again?’, or ‘I’m not sure what you mean by…’