Questions to Ask After Diagnosis

Below are some questions to ask your care providers:

  1. What type of cancer do I have?
  2. What is the stage or extent of my cancer?
  3. What is my prognosis, as you view it?
  4. What treatment do you recommend and why?
  5. What is the goal of treatment; cure or control of my symptoms?
  6. What are the possible risks of side effects of treatment?
  7. What are the pros and cons of my treatment?
  8. Are there other treatments for me to consider?
  9. How often will I need to come in for treatment or tests?
  10. How long will my treatments last?
  11. What if I miss a treatment?
  12. What, if any, changes in my work, family life, and leisure time will I need to make?
  13. What are the names of the medications I will take? What are they for?
  14. What other medications or treatments may I have to take?
  15. How will you know that my treatment is working?
  16. Why do I need a blood test and how often?
  17. If other specialists take part in my care, who will coordinate my entire treatment program?
  18. What symptoms or problems would I report right away?
  19. If I do not feel sick, does that mean the treatment is not working?
  20. What are the chances that my cancer may recur (come back) with the treatment programs we have discussed?
  21. What can I do to be ready for treatment?
  22. Will I still be able to have children after treatment?
  23. Are there any special foods I should or should not eat?
  24. Can I drink alcoholic beverages?
  25. What is the best time to call you if I have a question?
  26. Can I take multi-vitamins or herbal supplements?