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Brain Tumor Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • Have you previously been diagnosed with any kind of cancer? If so, what kind of cancer did you or do you have?
  • What other health conditions do you have? How are you treating and managing them?
  • Are you experiencing any side effects from the treatments?
  • Have you had any changes in your motor skills or muscle strength?
  • Are you having any problems with speech or swallowing?
  • Have you noticed changes with your memory or ability to think or concentrate?
  • Describe your symptoms. Are you experiencing headaches, vision changes, balance problems, speech problems, seizures, or confusion?
  • When did you first notice your symptoms? Did anyone else notice changes in you?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • What seems to make your symptoms better or worse?
  • Do you have a family history of brain tumors?
  • How well are you tolerating your medications and treatments?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • If eligible, are you willing to consider participating in a clinical trial?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Are brain tumors always cancerous?
  • How do you diagnose brain tumors?
  • How will you know if it is cancerous or not?
  • How long will the test results take?
  • What should I do if my symptoms get worse?
  • What kind of brain tumor do I have?
  • Is my brain tumor cancerous?
  • How big is my brain tumor and what areas of the brain does it affect?
  • How aggressive is my brain tumor?
  • What are my treatment options? What are the risks and benefits of each?
  • What is my prognosis? Can treatment cure my brain tumor?
  • What strategies can help prevent or relieve the side effects I'm experiencing?
  • Are my new symptoms related to my brain tumor or its treatment?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my brain tumor, including possible clinical trials?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 2
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Brain Tumor. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/brain-tumor/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350088
  2. Brain Tumors. American Association of Neurological Surgeons. https://www.aans.org/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Brain-Tumors

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