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What are some questions I can ask my doctor about anal cancer?

As you cope with cancer and cancer treatment, you need to have honest, open talks with your doctor. You should feel free to ask any question that’s on your mind, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Be sure to add your own questions as you think of them. Nurses, social workers, and other members of the treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions.

  • Will you please write down the type of anal cancer I have?
  • Has my cancer spread beyond the anus?
  • What is the stage of my cancer and what does that mean in my case?
  • What treatment choices do I have?
  • What treatment do you recommend and why?
  • What are the risks or side effects of the treatment?
  • How long will it take me to recover from treatment?
  • Will I need a colostomy?
  • Will treatment interfere with normal bowel movements?
  • How long will treatment last?
  • How soon after treatment starts will we know if it’s working?
  • When can I go back to work after treatment?
  • When can I have sex and do other normal activities?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • What are the chances that my cancer will come back after treatment?
  • Based on my cancer as you see it, what is my outlook?
  • Should I get a second opinion?

Last Medical Review: 01/14/2013
Last Revised: 04/18/2014