Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • I have symptoms, and I'm worried I may have oral cancer.
  • I have oral cancer, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.
  • I have oral cancer, and I'm sick or having problems.

I have symptoms, and I'm worried I may have oral cancer.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on March 02, 2014

  1. Could my symptoms be a sign of oral cancer?
  2. Are there tests for oral cancer? How are they done?
  3. When can I expect test results, and what will they tell me?  
  4. What are the different types of oral cancer?
  5. What can I do right now to lower my risk of oral cancer?

I have oral cancer, and this is a checkup or follow-up visit.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on March 02, 2014

  1. What stage is my oral cancer, and what does the stage mean for me?
  2. What are my treatment choices? What do you recommend?
  3. What are the risks and side effects of treatment?
  4. Will treatment affect my ability to taste, eat, swallow, or talk?
  5. Will I need to see a speech therapist or other type of specialist?

I have oral cancer, and I'm sick or having problems.

What to Ask Your Doctor

Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on March 02, 2014

  1. Are my symptoms a sign that my oral cancer has spread?
  2. Are my problems caused by my treatments for oral cancer?
  3. Will I need additional tests? If so, what will they involve?
  4. Should I try a different treatment? What are my choices?
  5. Can anything be done to ease my symptoms and help me feel better?