Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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

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

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 05, 2018

  1. Could my symptoms be a sign of cancer?
  2. Should I be tested?
  3. Are there risks to the tests, and how can I reduce my risk?
  4. When will I get the results? What information will the results provide?
  5. If the tests show I have cancer, should I see a specialist?

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

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 05, 2018

  1. What stage is my cancer? What does the stage mean for me?
  2. What are my treatment options? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
  3. Should I get a second opinion before I decide which treatment to choose?
  4. How will I know if my cancer treatment is working?
  5. What are my odds of surviving this cancer?

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

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 05, 2018

  1. Are my symptoms a sign that my cancer has returned or spread?
  2. Will I need more tests? What are they for?
  3. Has my cancer treatment stopped working? Should I change my treatment plan?
  4. Could my problems be a side effect of cancer surgery, radiation, or medication?
  5. Is there anything that can be done to ease my symptoms and help me feel better?