Going to the doctor when you have a serious illness can be intimidating. You might feel overwhelmed and forget to ask questions that are important. It's always a good idea to know what to ask beforehand and to take notes while with the doctor. Some of the questions below may be worth asking. Print out this page and take it with you to your next appointment.
1. Given the stage of my cancer, my age, and my overall health, which treatment option do you recommend, and why?
Four years ago, Santa gave me the worst Christmas present I'd ever received. The day after the most joyous holiday of the year, my doctor called and delivered the news that I had prostate cancer.
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