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Cancer 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.
  • Is this the first time you've been diagnosed with this type of cancer, or is it a recurrence?
  • Have you been previously diagnosed with any other type of cancer?
  • What other health conditions do you have? How are you treating and managing them?
  • Are you experiencing any side effects from the cancer treatments?
  • What kind of emotional and social support do you have to help you cope with cancer?
  • Would you be willing to consider participating in a clinical trial?
  • What symptoms are you having and when did they first start?
  • Are your symptoms constant or do they come and go?
  • Do you have a family history of cancer? If so, which types?
  • Do you currently smoke or use tobacco or have you done so in the past?
  • What is your occupation? Do you have regular exposure to chemicals or solvents?
  • How are you tolerating your cancer medications and treatments?
  • What is the treatment plan that was initially proposed to you?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What tests do I need to find out if I have cancer?
  • How long will it take find out if I have cancer?
  • Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  • Is there anything I can do to lower my risk of cancer?
  • What type of cancer do I have?
  • What stage is my cancer?
  • Has the cancer spread to my lymph nodes or anywhere else?
  • How soon do I need to start treatment and how long will it take to treat my cancer?
  • What is my prognosis?
  • Am I a candidate for any new cancer treatments or clinical trials?
  • What strategies can help prevent or relieve the side effects I'm experiencing?
  • What other options are available for me?
  • Are my new symptoms a direct result of my cancer treatment?
  • How aggressive is my cancer?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my cancer, including possible clinical trials?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend for me? And why?
  • What side effects are possible with this treatment? Are there strategies to prevent or treat them?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 1
  1. Cancer. Mayo Questions to Ask Your Health Care Team. American Society of Clinical Oncology. https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/diagnosing-cancer/questions-ask-your-health-care-team
  2. Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20370594
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